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Films being produced to celebrate the 100 Anniversary of Estonian Republic

Five new fiction films, one full lenght animation, two documentaries and a TV serial were selected to be produced to celebrate Estonian Republic 100 anniversay.  These films will  be released from March 2018 until February 2019. You could take a look on entries of these films from here. Since most of the films are in the production phase, new information about them will de added in due course.  


Films awarded in Estonia
  • Best Estonian movies of all times (voting of the readers of the daily "Eesti  Päevaleht" (2012)
  • TOP 10  of the best Estonian movies of all times (2011)
  • 10 best TV-films of all times appointed by the editorial board of "Eesti Telefilm" (1983)
Thematic film collections
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The collection makes available a part of the film heritage, shooted by Estonian film amateurs who emigrated abroad since 1940es. Not all of this heriage is known yet, a lot is in process of research. collecting, description and digitization, but about 500 items could be found and even watched from this web-page. The project was supported by the Estonian National Archive of  Estoninan Mininstry of Culture and Education in the framework of  the of National Companionship project and executed in collaboration with Estonian film archive.  It just the first step of collecting this valuable part of our film and cultural heritage and we are planning to work on to provide the database users with more thourough data in forthcomming  years. We excuse for not providing all the titles and kewords data in English, it needs some more time but we are working on it. The collection could be approached from here.

100 Outstanding Estonians of the 20th Century (films about)
  • Scientists
  • Politicians
  • Writers
  • Musicians (Tobias, Härma, Eller, Ernesaks, Ots, Tormis, Järvi, Klas, Pärt, Mattiisen)
  • Artists
  • Film and theatre
  • Sportsmen (Lurich, Palusalu, Keres, Kotkas, Lipp, Antson, Talts, Salumäe, Uudmäe, Nool) 
Films based on novels and tales
Soviet period collections

Estonian film heritage

  • Filmmakers Biographies
  • Virtual Museum
  • Films Collections
  • Films Synoses
  • Photo Collevtions
  • Collection of Articles
  • Republic of Estonia Information System Authority jury comprising industry experts selected the Estonian Film Database to be the winner in civil society e-services category for 2015

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    We will be glad to assist you if you would have any questions or need for help regarding Estonian film heritage.

    Estonian Film Database (EFDB)

    The database is maintained by NGO Estonian Film Database. It was opened on 12.12.2012 and is meant for providing information about the whole Estonian film heritage from 1912. We plan fully complete it by 2025 but already now full and partial entries for about 20 000 films, 27 000 filmmakers, and more than 200 production companies could be retrieved in Estonian and partly in English. Translation of film descriptions and keywords into English is ongoing but due to the scarcity of resources quite a slow process. Read more detailed overview.

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    How to obtain a film copy

    Please find an instruction how to obtain a copy of a film or newsreel for personal use from here.

    Foreign Estonian Film Heritage Collection

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Partners and Sponsors

  • Kultuuriministeerium
  • EFI
  • Eesti Kultuurkapital
  • ERR
  • Rahvusarhiiv
  • BFM
  • Kinoliit
  • Eesti Filmiajakirjanike ühing
  • Tallinnfilm