Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event
Future to Film

Future to Film is a new programme within Discovery Campus, taking place during the Black Nights Film Festival and targeted to emerging scriptwriters, directors and producers. The program is divided into two - Script Pool project competition and Discovery Showcase.

Future to Film consists of different workshops, masterclasses and fireside chats designed especially for their area of expertise. Programme highlight is “Meet the Director”, an inspirational masterclass with directors who have previously won the European Film Academy Discovery Award with their first film and will talk about how they found the inspiration and motivation to overcome the pressure and move on to their second feature. In 2021 Future to Film will meet Baltasar Kormákur (a Discovery Award nominee himself in 2003 and today an internationally acclaimed director, writer and producer of both features and series)

Script Pool

Script Pool is a project competition, where 5 projects with international sales and distribution potential in the late development phase will be presented to industry professionals. Participants will benefit from one-on-one sessions on the art of pitching their projects to co-producers, financiers and sales agents and each project team will be tutored by a script doctor prior to their public presentation.

Script Pool Film selected projects in 2021:

  1. Dreaming of Lions
    Director: Paolo Marinou-Blanco
    Screenwriter: Paolo Marinou-Blanco
    Producer: Justin Amorim

  2. Hum
    Director: Stefano Nurra
    Screenwriter: Stefano Nurra&Maria Grazia Cassalia
    Producer: Scott Imren, Gareth Jones

  3. Selma
    Director/Screenwriter: Reshad Kulenović
    Screenwriter: John Bernstein, Reshad Kulenović
    Producer: Azra Mehić

  4. The Beauty from Comet
    Director: LIAO Zihao
    Screenwriter: LIAO Zihao
    Producer: ZHU Yirong, SUN Bowen, Ruoyao Jane Yao

  5. Werewolf
    Director: Eeva Mägi
    Screenwriter: Eeva Mägi
    Producer: Kristofer Piir

Script Pool Tallinn 2021 project pitches take place on 24 November 10:00-11:30 (EET) at Coca-Cola Plaza screening room 2 and are accessible also online to accredited guests at

Discovery Showcase

Discovery Showcase is a new initiative set up this year by the PÖFF Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in collaboration with the European Film Academy and FIPRESCI to highlight the six directors nominated for the European Discovery 2021 – Prix FIPRESCI for their first full-length feature film.

European Discovery 2021 – Prix FIPRESCI: The Nominations

  1. Beginning
    France, Georgia
    Directed by Dea Kulumbegashvili
    Written by Dea Kulumbegashvili & Rati Oneli
    Produced by Ilan Amouyal, David Zerat, Rati Oneli & Paul Rozenberg

  2. Lamb (Dyrid)
    Iceland, Sweden, Poland
    Directed by Valdimar Jóhansson
    Written by Sjón Sjón & Valdimar Jóhansson
    Produced by Hrönn Kristinsdóttir, Sara Nassim, Piodor
    Gustafsson, Klaudia Smieja & Jan Naszewski

  3. Playground (Un Monde)
    Written & directed by Laura Wandel
    Produced by Stéphane Lhoest & Jan De Clercq

  4. Pleasure
    Sweden, Netherlands, France
    Directed by Ninja Thyberg
    Written by Ninja Thyberg & Peter Modestij
    Produced by Erik Hemmendorff, Eliza Jones, Markus Waltå, Leontine Petit, Erik Glijnis, Frédéric Fiore, Eric Tavitian, Peter Possne & Anna Croneman

  5. Promising Young Woman
    USA, UK
    Written & directed by Emerald Fennell
    Produced by Emerald Fennell, Josey McNamara, Ben Browning & Ashley Fox

  6. The Whaler Boy (Kitoboy)
    Russia, Poland, Belgium
    Written & directed by Philipp Yuryev
    Produced by Aleksey Uchitel, Radoslawa Bardes & Marion Hänse


Most of Future to Film is accessible only to invited participants, but it also included events open to people with the accreditation to Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event.

Tuesday, 2 November

10:00 “Pitching Pitfalls” group meeting with pitching mentor Deborah Rowland (closed online session)

Wednesday-Thursday, 10-11 November

One on one meeting with script doctor Marietta von Hausswolff (closed online session)

Friday,12 November

One on one meeting with pitching mentor Deborah Rowland (closed online session)

Tuesday, 23 November // Nordic Hotel Forum

16:00-17:30 Fireside chat with Patrick Fischer (Creativity Capital) and Yohann Comte (Charades) (open session)

Wednesday, 24 November // Nordic Hotel Forum

9:30-11:30 8 Black Nights Stars meet 6 European Film Academy Discovery Award Nominees to talk about their experiences. (closed session)
10:00-11:30 Script Pool project pitches. (open session)* at Coca-Cola Plaza screening room 2 followed by one on one meeting with jury members

Thursday, 25 November // Nordic Hotel Forum

9:30-11:00 Casting Directors meeting with writers, directors and producers of the 5 Script Pool projects and 6 European Film Academy Discovery Award Nominees directors (closed session)
11:30-13:00 Baltasar Kormakur open masterclass “Meet the Director" (in collaboration with EFA) (open session)*
16:00 - 17:30 Future to Film participants meet Baltasar Kormakur: How to be Brilliant at filmmaking (closed session)

The time zone for the schedule is Eastern European Time (EET).
*The event is accessible to accredited guests at