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Foreign Estonian Film Heritage

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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 whole collection could be approached from here. 

Foreign Estonian Film Heritage Funds names keywords:

Recognition of the Database

Eesti parim kolmanda sektori e-teenus 2015

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 2022 but already now full and partial entries for about 16 000 films, 9000 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 an ongoing 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.

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Partners and Sponsors

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