The most modern film industry centre in the region, which will be built as a cooperative project of the City of Tallinn and Tallinn Film Wonderland, was introduced yesterday in Tallinn.
The first phase will include three studios and auxiliary spaces to be built on Paljassaare peninsula in North-Tallinn.
The second phase will comprise an area open to the public, spaces for auxiliary services for film production and offices.
“The Tallinn Film Wonderland project is an excellent example of successful cooperation between the public and private sectors, which has a positive impact on the local creative economy,” said Tallinn Deputy Mayor Aivar Riisalu. He said that Tallinn always supports significant initiatives that create smart jobs as well as improve the urban space and entrepreneurial environment.
“It’s clear that many international film production companies and directors are very interested in filming in this region. We must seize this opportunity and reap the benefits. Tallinn Film Wonderland is a noteworthy step toward promoting this business sector,” he added.
During the next few years, the City of Tallinn will invest almost €5 million in the project through AS Tallinna Tööstuspargid, with the objective of promoting economic growth and creating new jobs in the cultural field. The next phases will include office space as well as accommodations and eateries.
The most up-to-date film production complex in the region according to Gren Noormets, the managing director of Tallinn Film Wonderland, the film production complex is the most modern and largest in the region.
The total area of the property is 57,000 square metres and the building footprint of the studio complex is about 3,500 square metres. There will be three studios in the building with a total area of 2,900 square metres. The largest of them will be 1,200 square metres in area and the ceiling will be 14 metres high.
The City of Tallinn will build the studio boxes and the necessary infrastructure, the interiors will be completed according to the filmmakers’ wishes, and everything needed for shooting films or TV-dramas can be provided.
“The very high ceilings will allow even a 5-storey building to be constructed if a project calls for it. The green screen rooms will allow various fantasy elements to be included in films. It will be possible to create jungles or deserts in the empty halls. One’s fantasy can reign free,” Noormets said about the soon-to-be-opened studio complex, where various companies providing local audiovisual services are expected to be concentrated,” Noormets explained.
According to Edith Sepp, CEO of the Estonian Film Institute, the film complex can also play an important role in the development of the Estonian film industry.
“The lack of this kind of technical opportunities to create will no longer be problem - the studio complex in the Baltics will eliminate any stumbling blocks that have prevented local, as well as foreign, production companies from filming their projects in Estonia. Such an undertaking has a positive impact, and provides many totally new possibilities for realising one’s film ideas in the region,” Sepp added.
Despite the existing cash rebate system, the opening of the film studio complex has been greatly anticipated and also been an important sales argument for attracting investments to the region.
Many Estonian film producers, who have been waiting for the establishment of such studio complex for years, support the Tallinn Film Wonderland idea.
“This is a good example of the solidarity of the film industry – film producers have combined forces and are working in the name of a collective project that strongly advances the Estonian film industry,” said Ivo Felt and Esko Rips, producers from Allfilm and Nafta Films.
“The addition of this new complex supports the local film industry and motivates the new generation of filmmakers – a centre equipped with contemporary technology provides opportunities to deal with many different film projects,” they added.
rts the local film industry and motivates the new generation of filmmakers – a centre equipped with contemporary technology provides opportunities to deal with many different film projects,” they added.
Managing Director, Tallinn Film Wonderland