30.05, 10.00-16.30 (KPT – Krakow Technology Park)
(access with passes: INDUSTRY, MEDIA, MARKET)


Panel discussions on Estonian film industry followed by coproduction meetings. The conference promoting Estonian documentary and animated cinematography is a highlight of the “Focus on Estonia” programme. Among our guests, we will have representatives of Estonian film industry – film funds, TV representatives, festival programmers, film schools, producers and filmmakers.


A bus will take participants of the Conference to the Krakow Technology Park at 9.20 from the parking lot at ul. Karmelicka. All persons wishing to go by the bus, please send information to Małgorzata Kramek to the following address: malgorzata.kramek@kff.com.pl.










Panellists: Priit Pärn (Estonian Academy of Arts: Animation Department), Priit Tender (PÖFF Shorts FF), Riho Västrik (Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School/Vesilind), Filipp Kruusvall (DocPoint Tallinn)

Moderator: Laurence Boyce (Black Nights Film Festival – PÖFF)



Panellists: Kaarel Kuurmaa (Estonian Film Institute), Karlo Funk (Estonian Public Broadcasting), Marianna Kaat (Baltic Film Production)

Moderator: Laurence Boyce (Black Nights Film Festival – PÖFF)


14.30 – 16.30 – COPRODUCTION MEETINGS (as a part of DOC LAB POLAND Co-production Market)




This event will be held in English.


Partner of the Focus on Estonia conference is Krakow Technology Park.




Priit Pärn – born in 1946 in Tallinn, graduated from the Department of Biology of University of Tartu. A caricaturist, illustrator and freelance graphic artist. From 1976 to 1994 an art director and animated film director at the Joonisfilm animated film department of Tallinnfilm Studios and from 1994 at Eesti Joonisfilm Studio. Priit Pärn has made 13 animated films (up to 45 minutes) and hosted short films, commercials, etc., for which he received more than 80 festival prizes (including ASIFA Life Achievement Award and Dragon of Dragons honour award from Krakow Film Festival). Priit has been a frequent jury member on film festivals and had many retrospectives in the whole world. He also worked as a teacher over the past 28 years.


Priit Tender – director, designer and writer of many short animated films. His author films are driven by surreal imagery, black humor and dark existential journeys. Priit’s films have won prizes and nominations from the most important short and animation film festivals, including Annecy, Ottawa, Hiroshima, Dresden, Fredrikstad, Utrecht. Priit has also codirected a feature documentary and is working as the artistic director of the Animated Dreams festival since 2017.


Riho Västrik – has a BA in History and Journalism and an MA in Film Arts. His great interest in mountaineering was the first reason to consider filmmaking – the beauty of the mountains and the human suffering yearned for recording. He has produced and co-produced over 40 documentaries and directed half of them. Riho is an associate professor at the Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School in Tallinn, and co-owner of the production company Vesilind.


Filipp Kruusvall – works as a programmer for DocPoint Tallinn since its establishment in 2010. He is also a freelance film critic and member of Estonian Association of Film Journalists. In addition, he has also been involved in organizing various film events and projects including the Arvo Pärt Centre film nights, Open-air summer cinema, series of Arthouse Cinema Nights for Tallinn University, to name a few.


Kaarel Kuurmaa  Film Commissioner at Estonian Film Institute since 2013. From 2006 till 2009 worked as a festival programmer for the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) and since beginning of 2009 he has been part of Docpoint Helsinki Documentary Film Festival selection committee. Has has also directed the open-air film festival tARTuFF in Tartu and curated weekly documentary programme at Estonian Art Museum Kumu. Kuurmaa is a member of the Estonian Association of Film Journalists.


Karlo Funk – after studying History and Philosophy Karlo Funk started to write about film and music. He worked as film critic and editor on culture in newspapers, radio and TV. He was invited to join Estonian Film Foundation in 2001 where he was responsible for international relations. Since 2006, Karlo Funk was Head of Production and Development at EFF and National Representative in Eurimages. Since leaving the reformed film institute in 2013, Karlo Funk was heading the Estonian Institute and managed the acquisitions of digital television platform in telecom company Telia. Currently he is acquiring documentaries at Estonian Public Broadcasting.


Marianna Kaat – producer and director, one of the most successful Estonian filmmakers. She graduated from the St. Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy in Russia with a PhD. She founded Baltic Film Production (BFP) where she produces and direct TV serials and feature documentaries for local and international markets. She also teaches documentary practice at Tallinn University. She has been a guest tutor at numerous workshops, film schools and universities.


Laurence Boyce – Born in Leeds, he graduated with a BA in Film & Literature from the University of Warwick and worked for the Leeds International Film Festival for many years as a programmer (including the short films and UK section) and moderator. He moved on to be the director of GLIMMER: The Hull International Short Film Festival. Laurence currently works at the Black Nights Film Festival in Tallinn as a programmer and moderator. He also advises on PR and programming at numerous film festivals and cinemas. Laurence currently divides his time between the UK and Estonia.