Frame Within a Frame Rules & Regulations 2024

The Black Nights Discovery Campus is an international continuing education programme organized by the Black Nights Film Festival and Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event (ITBE), in collaboration with a variety of prestigious international partners that allows young film professionals to pursue, complement and integrate their studies in filmmaking.
At Discovery Campus, they can discover the new skills needed to improve, upgrade and update their knowledge in their field of work and meet new mentors, contacts and fellow talents to keep an eye on.
Our official motto is to learn from the mistakes of our mentors, so you don’t make them yourself! Discovery Campus unites established talent programmes Script Pool project competition, Black Nights Stars, Music Meets Film, Black Room and Frame within a Frame.

The Frame within a Frame (FWF), established in 2023, is part of Discovery Campus in Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event. Each year it highlights eight upcoming cinematographers. The aim is to gather cinematographers who have done narrative short films, music videos, and TV commercials, and are looking forward to shooting a feature.
Focusing on technical and aesthetic inputs by the world’s leading cinematographers and motion picture technical manufacturers, the talents will get an opportunity to learn and make new contacts with directors and producers to pitch their work.
During the programme, there is a screening and mini Q&As with eight talents with their previous work (short films). This is a presentation for the industry participants.


Frame within a Frame consists of a preparatory phase that takes place both online and physically, plus a practical session during the participants’ stay in Tallinn. Participants also get to take part in workshops that focus both on the business side of production and the creative side of the project. The programme is completed by the Discovery Campus workshops, panels and masterclasses in which participation is mandatory.

The Applicants must fill out the Online Submission Form of Discovery Campus to submit their Project and provide all the requested information and documents from May 1st to August 14th, 2024. Late applications will not be taken into consideration.
Cinematographers who have completed a formal education in cinematography or who have already shot a short film can apply. Along with the application, they need to submit a showreel and fiction work shot by them.

The final selection of Participants will be announced by October 1st at the latest, both directly to the participants and communicated publically via the festival/industry press. Submission of the Application will be considered as acceptance of the special conditions.
For more information, please contact dhanushka.gunathilake(at)

All properly filled and complete applications shall be reviewed by the Selection Committee composed of experts appointed by the management of Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event.
The main selection criteria are the artistic and technical quality of the cinematographic work, and potential to collaborate on international co-productions.
Only 8 participants will be selected for the Frame within a Frame 2024.

Each Applicant chosen to participate in Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event is required to cooperate with the employees and persons of responsibility of Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event during its entire course. In case the Participant violates any of their obligations stated in Rules & Regulations, which they had accepted by submitting the Application Form, Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event management may disqualify the Applicant from further participation in the event.

All participants of Discovery Campus programmes must provide feedback to further the development of Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event educational programmes.

Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event as the industry platform of the Tallinn Black Nights Festival is committed to promoting gender equality, diversity, and inclusion in all aspects of our work and programmes, including Discovery Campus and the Script Pool Project Competition. We believe that everyone should have equal opportunities to participate in our events and activities, regardless of their gender, race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, or other personal characteristics.
We are committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment that values diversity and promotes mutual respect and understanding. We promote gender equality, diversity, and inclusion in all aspects of our work, including the planning, organization, and delivery of events and activities, and believe that diversity is a strength and that everyone should have equal opportunities to participate in our events and activities.
We expect all participants in our events and activities to behave in a respectful and professional manner, and to refrain from any behaviour that is discriminatory, harassing, or offensive. This includes but is not limited to behaviour that is based on a person's gender, race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, or other personal characteristics. We will not tolerate any behaviour that violates our policy and reserve the right to take appropriate action, including expulsion from the event.

The Applicant guarantees that all the presented information in the submitted application is correct. Regarding all matters not expressly settled by these Regulations, the current regulations of Estonia and its entities and good business practices are to be applied. Any amendments and supplements to these Regulations shall be made by Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event management. By submitting an Application, the Applicant agrees to all provisions of these Regulations. These Regulations come into effect from the day of their publishing on the webpage, and are effective beginning on the 1st of May 2024.

Approved by Marge Liiske,
Head of Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event