EstDocs Film Festival Toronto
Posted on September 29, 2015

EstDocs, Short Films and Democracy Come Together

September 29, 2015 – Toronto, Ontario: This year, the Estonian Documentary Film Festival (EstDocs) will screen a series of films that nicely coincide with the fact that Canada is in the midst of a Federal Election. For example the film, “Those Who Dare,” features an in-depth look at how, during the independence movement in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, the Icelandic Minister of Foreign Affairs Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson single-mindedly advocated for a “new security order” and led the way for other democracies to recognize these small countries’ right to self-determination.

We are especially pleased to announce that Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson will actually be a guest at EstDocs this year. He will be both at the screening at Hot Docs Friday, Oct 16, and will be giving a talk on Saturday afternoon at 3:00 p.m., Oct 17. The talk will take place at Tartu College on the subject “Transforming Totalitarianism into Democracy: Learning from the Baltic States.” At 310 Bloor Street West (entrance on Madison), Tartu College is easily accessible by public transit and there is parking next to the building.

The full line-up of films is listed at the end of this press release, but one special event we would like to highlight is our Short Film Competition on Oct 3. Here, as an audience participant, you can exercise your right to vote on short Films by Estonians or about Estonians! The Short Film Competition screenings begin at 8:00 p.m. at the Stephen Bulger Gallery right here at 1026 Queen St West in Toronto.
“This year’s competition is truly global,” said Tauno Molder, who heads up the EstDocs Short Film Competition. “We have a lineup of contenders from all over the world – Canada, Estonia, USA, Sweden, Norway and even Japan!” As with all of EstDocs’ screenings, the short films are either in English or have English subtitles, making the event accessible to everyone. The theatre, itself, is cozy and last year, we were sold out but not to worry – this year you will also be able to see the films right at the bar.

Films will be screened in a variety of locations in downtown Toronto—including Bloor Hot Docs Cinema—and all venues can be reached via public transit. For a full range of dates, locations, and screening times, go to . Tickets can be ordered
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Summary of Films and Events
Thursday, Oct 15 – Kickoff Dinner and a Movie
Journey to the Maggot Feeder
Dinner 6:30 p.m. | Screening 7:30 p.m. | Tartu College
Dinner & Screening: $25 | Screening Only: $10 (rush tickets)

Friday, October 16 – Gala Presentation
Those Who Dare
Reception 6:30 p.m. | Screening 8:30 p.m. | Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
Reception & Screening: $20 | Screening Only $10

Saturday, October 17
Speech by Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson
Transitioning from Totalitarianism to Democracy:
Learning from the Baltic Experience

3:00 p.m. | Tartu College

Saturday, October 17
Inner Voice
Arvo Pärt | Robert Wilson: The Lost Paradise

Reception 6:30 p.m. | Screening 7:30 p.m. | Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
Reception & Screening or Screening Only: $15

Sunday, October 18
The Story of the Baltic University – 3:00 p.m.
Maestro – 5:00 p.m.
Postludes – 7:00 p.m.
For one screening: $10 | For all three screenings: $15 | Tartu College

Monday, Oct 19
The Story of the Baltic University – 2:00 p.m.
Non-Residents: $10 | Ehatare

Tuesday, October 20
Lemmi’s Love
Elizabeth’s Playground

Estonian House Café 6:00 p.m. (concession)
Screening 7:00 p.m. | Estonian House | $10