“Having such an important group of people as the Eurimages Board of Management in Estonia is significant for our film industry,” said the Head of Production at the Estonian Film Institute Piret Tibbo-Hudgins. “Last time we had such an opportunity was ten years ago, in 2005. This time, over 50 of the top-level decision makers are coming to Tallinn.”
Eurimages was created in 1989 and has grown to 37 member states. Estonia joined Eurimages in 2004. The fond’s yearly budget is 25 million Euros of which the Estonian yearly commitment is 116,535 Euros. Since its beginnings, the fund has supported 1771 European co-production projects with almost 530 million Euros.
The Eurimages Board of Management meets four times a year in different cities around Europe and is composed of representatives of the member states. The Estonian Film Institute Head of Production Piret Tibbo-Hudgins and Managing Director Edith Sepp represent Estonia.
Eurimages has three support schemes, the most important of which is the financial support to feature films, animations and documentaries produced in Europe. In doing so, it encourages co-operation between professionals established in different European countries. The fund also has support mechanisms for theatrical distribution and exhibition.
“Co-production and finding additional funding outside of Estonia is a reality of our film industry. Year after year, we have expanded our list of co-production countries as well. Our last additions, for example, have been Poland, Holland, Iceland and Spain,” Tibbo-Hudgins explained.
Eurimages is also active on the topic of gender equality in the European film industry. The fund gathers statistics and analyses stereotypes, clichés and other thematic aspects. For the first time this year, the Eurimages Gender Equality Working Group gave out the Audentia Award to the best female film director. The award included a 30,000 Euro cash prize. This high honor went to the Romanian director Anca Damian for her film The Magic Mountain
. The Gender Equality enlarged Working Group meeting took place on Monday, October 17 at Kinomaja. The discussion revolved around the roles and opportunities for women filmmakers in the Estonian film industry.
The Estonian co-productions that have received support from Eurimages in the last five years are Tangerines
(110,000 Euros; Estonia-Georgia), I Won’t Come Back
(210,000 Euros; Russia-Belorussia-Estonia-Finland), The Fencer
(300,000 Euros; Finland-Estonia-Germany), The Secret Society of Souptown
(220,000 Euros; Estonia-Finland), Seneca’s Day
(220,000 Euros; Lithuania-Estonia-Latvia), Pretenders
(120,000 Euros; Estonia-Latvia-Lithuania) and November
(210,000 Euros; Estonia-Poland-Holland).
Since 2015, Eurimages has also given out 20,000 Euros development prize to the best co-production project at the Black Nights Film Festival co-production market Baltic Event.
Head of Production
Estonian Film Institute
phone: 56 467 769