PÖFF Black Room

Masterclasses dedicated to Art Department

Black Room is Industry@Tallinn’s training program that explores the visual language of cinema through the craft of production design. One week of masterclasses and workshops by world-renowned professionals take place during the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and are held online in English.

The program comprises open masterclasses for film industry professionals who want to further their knowledge about visual storytelling and training program for six selected production designers. One week of masterclasses and workshops by world-renowned professionals are created in collaboration with European Film Academy. The program is held in English and takes place online at Black Nights film festival virtual pavilion.

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From left: Mentors of Black Room Maria Djurkovic, Simon Weisse and Jacqueline Abrahams.

MENTORS of Black Room

Jacqueline Abrahams

Award-winning production designer

John and The Hole (2020), His House (2020), The Vanishing (2018), The Mountain (2018), Love Me Not (2017), The Sense of an Ending (2017), Lady Macbeth (2016), The Lobster (2015), The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death (2014), War Book (2014), How I live Now (2013), The Look of Love (2013).

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Simon Weisse

Master of miniature models for cinema

The Matrix 4 (filming) 2022, The French Dispatch, Isle of Dogs 2017, American Renegades 2017, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay 2015, Bridge of Spies 2015, The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014, The Physician 2013, Cloud Atlas 2012, V for Vendetta 2005.

Filmography

Maria Djurkovic

Award-winning production designer

Red Sparrow (2018), Gold (2016), A Bigger Splash (2015), The Invisible Woman (2013), The Imitation Game (2014), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), Scoop (2009), Mamma mia! (2008), Vanity Fair (2004), The Hours (2002) and Billy Elliot (2000). Full bio and awards

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MASTERCLASSES

Masterclasses to watch with Industry accreditation. Masterclasses can be watched any time after the premiere.

• 16 November, Monday 11:00—12:00 (EET)
Online masterclass by award-winning production designer Jacqueline Abrahams
Known for Lady Macbeth and The Lobster. Created in collaboration with European Film Academy.
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• 17 November, Tuesday 16:00—17:00 (EET)
Online masterclass on brand identity by Karen K Burns
Co-founder and manager of Visory.ai, known for working on Hollywood A-Class films. Created in collaboration with Tallinn Creative Incubator.

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• 18 November, Wednesday 11:00—12:00 (EET)
Online masterclass by modeler and propmaker Simon Weisse
Known for The Grand Budapest Hotel and Isle of Dogs. Created in collaboration with European Film Academy.

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• 20 November, Friday 11:00—12:00 (EET)
Online masterclass by award-winning production designer Maria Djurkovic
Known for The Imitation Game and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Created in collaboration with European Film Academy

Watch the masterclass

• 23 November, Monday (EET)
Lost in translation? Visual story development from script to screen
Online panel discussion with Black Room masters and German renowned screenwriters. Created in collaboration with Variety.

TRAINING PROGRAMME for Production Designers

Black Room training program aims to advance both creative vision and skillset of productions designers. The online program combines both masterclasses and workshops to a one week course thought by Black Room mentors Jacqueline Abrahams, Maria Djurkovic and Simon Weisse. Please check the programme below.

PÖFF Black Room training programme takes place from 16 until 21 November, 11:00—16:00 (GMT+3) each day. Black Room organisers will select six production designers from the submissions who can participate in the program. Participation in the training programme is free.

Submission is open from 15 October until 5 November. For submission to the training program send your portfolio together with a short bio to elise.eimre@poff.ee.