Black Nights Stars

Black Nights Stars is designed to help young actors from the Baltic Sea region to promote themselves outside their home territory, connect with international film professionals, and acquire practical skills needed in their future international career. 

The three-day lab highlighting the emerging talent is based on the participants’ first film and TV roles and consists of a variety of events including masterclasses and networking events. The programme mainly focuses on the casting and audition processes and presenting oneself outside of a film set – at industry events, media and social media.

The Black Nights Stars programme is presented by Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event during the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and the European Regional Development Fund funded project Creative Gate. 
Please find information on the 2018 edition of Black Nights Stars below.

Black Nights Stars 2018 Participants:

  • Emma Marrott (Denmark)
  • Liis Lass (Estonia)
  • Pääru Oja (Estonia)
  • Agnese Cīrule (Latvia)
  • Satu Tuuli Karhu (Finland)
  • Ester Kuntu (Estonia), Best Young Estonian Actor Award winner (Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival gives out the Best Young Estonian Actor Award, named after Estonian-Polish film actor and singer Bruno O’Ya)

Black Nights Stars 2018 Jury:

  • Matt Mueller – editor (Screen International)
  • Katrin Kissa – Estonian film producer (November, The Temptation of St. Tony, Autumn Ball)
  • Rain Tolk – former European Shooting Star, director, writer and actor (A Man Who Looks Like Me, Autumn Ball)
  • Jeremy Zimmerman – UK- and USA-based casting director (Moon, Hellboy, Willow, Keeping Mum)
  • Claudia Landsberger – creative producer 

Black Nights Stars 2018 Panelists:

  • Jeremy Zimmermann (casting director, Jeremy Zimmermann Casting, UK)
  • Anastasia Smekalova (freelance casting director for international feature film productions, Russia/Germany)
  • Georg Georgi (agent, Das Imperium Talent Agency, Germany)
  • Raakel Huikuri (agent, Lisa Richards Nordic, Finland)
  • Robin Hudson and Julie Gordon (agents, Olivia Bell Management, UK)
  • Joseph White (producer, Marvel Television, SingularDTV, USA)


November 26, 2018
11:00-14:30 Photo shoot with the Black Nights Stars (closed event)
15:00-17:00 Black Nights Stars one-on-one meetings with agents/casting directors (closed event)
18:00 Opening Dinner (closed event)

November 27, 2018
10:00-13:00 Script reading masterclass for the Black Nights Stars 2018 (closed event)
09:30-12:15 “Audition simulation” with Estonian actors (possible to attend only upon prior registration)
12:15-12:45 Lunch
12:45-13:45 “Audition simulation” with Estonian actors continues
14:00-15:00 Screen International Industry Talks with Tom Grater
*open event for press, industry and festival guests
Location: Restaurant R14 / II floor
16:00-17:30 Panel discussion – Casting process – the do’s, don’ts and how to’s – moderated by Claudia Landsberger
With these 90 minutes we are going through the full vocabulary of “casting”. Talking about the process of casting, the do’s and don’ts, headshots and show reels, self tapes, auditions, agents and casting directors, we’ll probably cover a lot more but just to name a few. It’s very likely by the end of this panel everyone’s vocabulary contains some new, casting related terms. 
Location: Nordic Hotel Forum room Arcturus
*open panel for Industry and festival guests with badges, tickets

November 28, 2018
10:00-12:00 Black Nights Stars Script reading – presentation
Location: Agency Icon (www.agencyicon.ee)
*open event for industry and festival guests
12:00-13:00 Lunch
15:30-17:00 Panel discussion – “Shifting focus – from Film to TV” moderated by Claudia Landsberger
During the past years TV has made a strong move to becoming the leading medium when it comes to Film vs. TV. Both of the mediums have evolved dramatically and along the way created a lot more possibilities but also challenges for creative minds. Analyzing the topic from actors point of view – where is the industry headed? Will there be more possibilities to get roles? What will the shifting focus change for the process of casting, if anything at all? 
Location: Nordic Hotel Forum room Arcturus
*open panel for Industry and festival guests with badges, tickets
18:00 Evening event/cocktail