Tartu and Tallinn, Estonia
June 27 – July 3, 2019

Festival Director

Kristi Sau Doughty

Number of Films


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EstDocs Estonian Documentary Film Festival Toronto Canada is announcing the film festival “Cut by EstDocs” at ESTO2019. The festival will take place from June 27th to July 3rd, 2019.

Along with the film festival, a Short Film Competition “My Estonia in 100 seconds/100 sekundit MINU Eestit” in cooperation with Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School of Tallinn University a Short Film competition will be held in continued celebration of Republic of Estonia 100. Films are accepted from both professionals and aspiring filmmakers worldwide.

Past competition submissions and winners can be viewed at
Youtube.com/EstDocsTO. Entrants may submit films by mail or by electronic means by the 8 th of June 2019.

Select submissions chosen by an independent jury will be screened in Estonia during the festival. The prize pot is 2000 EUR.

8 Films


    Notes: Films are in English or Estonian with Estonian/English subtitles accordingly. The film 'Miriam..' has no dialogue, and Eia is in Estonian with English. Coffee and Kringel will be served between films in the respective hall foyers. In Tallinn, the screenings will take place at the 12th deck Auditorium. For further venue details, please click on the Map in the schedule below.

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    Jun 2019



    Jun 28 @ 7:45 pm

    Eia’s Christmas at Phantom Owl Farm Eia jõulud Tondikakul A Film by Anu Aun

    € 3, children free; Coffee & Kringel for the guests between films in hall foyer
    Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava (STL) | Map

    Jun 2019


    Jun 30 @ 3:30 pm

    Jul 2019


    Jul 1 @ 1:15 pm

    Gulag 113 A Film by Marcus Kolga

    € 3, children free
    Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava (STL) | Map

    Jul 1 @ 3:30 pm

    Funeral Diaries Matusepäevikud A Film by Marko Raat

    € 3, children free
    Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava (STL) | Map

    Jul 2019


    Jul 2 @ 1:00 pm

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

    € 3, children free; Coffee & Kringel for the guests between films in hall foyee
    Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava (STL) | Map

    Jul 2 @ 3:30 pm

    Truth and Justice Tõde ja Õigus A Film by Tanel Toom

    € 3, children free
    Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava (STL) | Map

    EstDocs Jury

    Markus Kolga

    Marcus Kolga is a documentary filmmaker and journalist who regularly comments on issues of foreign policy in Canadian and international media. He is a human rights activist, who helped lead the Canadian and international campaign for Magnitsky human rights sanctions, and is a leading Canadian expert on foreign disinformation. He is a senior fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute Center for Advancing Canada’s Interests Abroad.

    Jaanis Valk

    Following his Master of Arts in Arts (Film Arts) from Tallinn University, Estonia, Jaanis has directed three short fiction films and several short documentaries. He has appeared in several Estonian fiction films and has worked as assistant director on the production of a feature film. Ahto. Chasing A Dream is his most recent full-length documentary film.

    Anu Aun

    Director Anu Aun has graduated with BA from TV Directing and completed postgraduate studies in Film Directing in Baltic Film and Media School. Anu has produced and directed two feature films, several short films and documentaries. Anu’s latest feature Phantom Owl Forest reached over 147 000 viewers in domestic cinemas which made it the most viewed Estonian film of 2018. Her short film Shift (2010) was selected to more than 70 international film festivals and won 17 prizes from all over the world. Anu’s debut feature The Polar Boy (2016) was developed in Torino Film Lab and Nipkow Program. The film screened in Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival official competition, Cairo International Film Festival, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and many others. Anu is currently in production with creative documentary Walker on Water.

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