14<sup>th</sup> Annual EstDocs Film Festival 2018

14th Annual EstDocs Film Festival 2018

Toronto
October 19 – 23, 2018

Festival Director

Kristi Sau Doughty


Number of Films

13


Sponsored by

Estonian Credit Union

Welcome to the 14th annual Estonian Documentary Film Festival. If you’re unfamiliar with the country of Estonia, it’s a small nation in Northern Europe on the shore of the Baltic Sea close to Finland with a population of 1.3 million. We are indigenous people of this terrain, who have a deep love and respect for the land and the ocean as well as a zest for song, art, and technology. In fact, the capital of our country, Tallinn, is sometimes called the Silicon Valley of Europe.

On February 24th of this year, we marked Estonia’s 100th anniversary, and the celebration is far from over. It continues through February 2020. Maybe that’s because we have so much to celebrate. In terms of film, we’ve been making movies in Estonia for more than 100 years.

According to Estonian World, that’s one reason James Cameron, the award-winning director of mega-budget blockbusters Avatar and Terminator, has decided to shoot Avatar 4 in Estonia. Not only do we have experienced local film crews to support the production, but we also have folk tales and myths in which the sins of humans reverberate in nature like they do in the Na’vi world of Avatar. And when Cameron found the “perfect filming spot” just outside an Estonian village, aptly named Navi, he was sold.

As we celebrate the centennial, Estonians everywhere are giving our country gifts. Here at EstDocs, our gift is the wonderful selection of films in this year’s festival, films that touch on many aspects of our past, present, and future, documenting our struggle to rebuild a nation after years of Soviet occupation, turning the lens on difficult issues of our time, and looking to create a bright, thriving future. We’ve also invited Estonia’s Baltic sisters, Latvia and Lithuania, to join the celebration by featuring some of their films that touch on these threads that bind all three of our nations together.

We are proud to share some beautiful words from our ambassador:

I am so pleased to welcome you to the 14th annual Estonian Documentary Film Festival in Toronto. This is the first time I have had the pleasure of taking part in EstDocs as the Ambassador of Estonia to Canada, and I am looking forward to it with much anticipation.

This year, Estonia is celebrating its 100th birthday with friends in Estonia and abroad. EstDocs, as part of the celebration in Canada, has been a memorable event of Estonian film and culture for the past 14 years.

Protecting and nurturing our cultural heritage and its roots in the Estonian language is not an easy undertaking for a small country. One of the impressive examples of culture and people coming together is the Song Festival which celebrates 150 years in 2019. It is also worth noting that Estonian documentary film celebrates its 110th birthday this year. In 1908 a documentary clip was filmed during Swedish King Gustav V's stop in Estonia on his way to St. Petersburg.

These are just a few examples that illustrate how Estonia’s cultural heritage has thrived and will grow for years, decades and centuries to come.

In keeping with the current celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia, the festival’s lineup of films captures the resilience, authenticity, and ingenuity of the Estonian culture and people. From Geislingen, Coming Home Soon that chronicles how children and their families established a small Estonia in a refugee camp in Germany during WWII, to Rodeo that documents how the vote was won in Estonia’s first free elections after the war, to Anni's Island that tells how old traditions shape life on an island today, the films reveal the enduring spirit and strength of a country who fought for freedom and independence from Soviet oppression and rose up to become a world leader in technology, where internet access is a human right.

I am especially grateful to Festival Director Kristi Sau Doughty and her team of volunteers for organizing EstDocs and creating a showcase for Estonian culture, history, and art here in Toronto.

Toomas Lukk
Ambassador

And of course, there’s the generous gift of all our volunteers, who give their hard work, time, and energy throughout the year, to bring EstDocs to the screen. Thank you and let the festival begin!

Please feel free to write to us with any questions.

Kristi Sau Doughty

November 1, 2018
Toronto

13 Films

    Schedule

    Doors open 45 minutes to an 1 hour prior to screening time. All evening films include post-screening discussion led by our moderator. EstDocs embraces non-Estonian speaking audiences, as the festival operates in English and all films include English subtitles.

    This event is over.


     
     
     

    Oct 19 @ 2:30 pm

    14 Cases 14 Käänet A Film by Marianna Kaat

    Free / Cash Bar
    Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema | Map
     
     
     

    Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm

    Gala Presentation

    $15 Reception & Screening / Cash Bar
    Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema | Map
    Sponsored by

    Estonian Credit Union
     
     

    Oct 19 @ 8:00 pm

    Awards

    Short Film Awards

    $15 (packaged with Gala & Screening)
    Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema | Map
    Sponsored by

    Estonian Credit Union
     
     

    Oct 19 @ 8:30 pm

    Ahto Chasing The Dream Ahto. Unistuste jaht A Film by Jaanis Valk

    $15 (packaged with Gala & Awards)
    Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema | Map
    Sponsored by

    Estonian Credit Union
     
     

    Oct 19 @ 10:00 pm

    Social

    Après (after-event drinks and fun)

    Pauper’s Pub | Map

     
    Oct 2018

    20Saturday

    Oct 20 @ 10:00 am

    Breakfast with Ahto - HOMMIKUSÖÖK AHTOGA

    $10, catered by SALT
    Tartu College | Map
     
     

    Oct 20 @ 1:00 pm

     
     

    Oct 20 @ 4:30 pm

     
     

    Oct 20 @ 6:30 pm

    Reception

    $15 Reception & Screening / Cash Bar
    Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema | Map
    Sponsored by

    Estonian Foundation Canada
     
     

    Oct 20 @ 7:30 pm

    November A Film by Rainer Sarnet

    $15 (packaged with Reception)
    Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema | Map
    Sponsored by

    Estonian Foundation Canada
     
     

    Oct 20 @ 9:30 pm

    Social

    Après (after-event drinks)

    Tartu College | Map

    EstDocs Jury

    ANDRÉ BENNETT

    Founder of Cinema Esperança International, a production, distribution, and sales company in 1992. He is a director and producer with several films currently in production and two documentaries in development: “Tarkovsky: The Cinema of Dreams” (UK) and “Magic Box: The John Meier Story” (Canada). Before becoming a filmmaker, he was a university professor in social and political philosophy, teaching from an interdisciplinary perspective, using books and movies,to discuss ideas, contemporary values, and belief systems, and to demystify the concept of power.

    MARTIN MÄNNIK

    MARTIN MÄNNIK

    Film Editor

    Martin is a seasoned film editor. He has worked on many documentaries, including Soviet Hippies that won the jury prize at the 2017 EstDocs Film Festival, The Lion Tamers (2017), They Say Tomatoes Love Rock Music (2016), The Moon Hunter (2015), Between Two Worlds (2014), Blood Type (2013), Seto saadik (2012), Distance (2012), Underwater Flights (2012), Wariazone (2011), Tallinn Spiced Sprats: The Canned Tales (2011), and Kuku: I Will Survive (2011).

    LIINA SÄRKINEN

    LIINA SÄRKINEN

    Film Director, Producer

    Liina has worked in various positions in film and television in two countries—Estonia and the UK (2009 - 2017), including Production Assistant, Production Manager, and Researcher for a cinema archive project and FOH team in Secret Cinema. Liina has a BA in TV production from Tallinn University and an MA in TV History and Practice from Birkbeck University. Liina has recently chronicled some Estonian immigrant experiences in the UK in her new documentary Why Don’t I Leave?

    Moderator

    Films Acquisition

    MARJE TÕEMÄE

    Films Acquisition

    MARJE has been acquiring films for Estonian Television (ETV) since 2000, specialising in documentaries. In 2008, she started to build ETV2, a television channel dedicated to films, world culture, and children’s programs. In 2017, she became the Head of Programs at ETV, the main television channel of Estonian Public Broadcasting. She has worked as the commissioning editor for the film and television coproduction brand "Estonian stories," 30 min documentaries of life in Estonia. She is an experienced editor and producer as well as the director of several documentaries, such as "Time Is Here," which has been broadcast on television around the world, including the French-German culture channel ARTE and the worldwide news channel Al Jazeera.

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