Tartu Love Film Festival TARTUFF
1.-6. August 2022

Black Nights Film Festival's summer sub-festival Tartuff is a unique outdoor film festival taking place in the heart of the beautiful Tartu Old Town, Estonia. The festival screens a diverse selection of genre and documentary films, focusing on the most important thing in the world – love.

In 2022 the sub-topic of the festival is film & dance.

The screenings are accompanied by daily lectures and family friendly special events. With its cosy midsummer atmosphere and the biggest open air cinema in the Baltics, Tartuff has grown to be one of the most beloved summer festivals in Estonia.

Welcome to Tartuff!

Audience Award – Chosen by popular vote by the Tartu Love Film Festival audience
Awards presented: Tartu's Kissing Students statuette

1. Tartu Love Film Festival Regulations

1.1 Film submission entry procedures

Applicants for the festival programme are requested to submit through FilmFreeway: http://www.filmfreeway.com/tartuff
Submission applications are accepted from February 15th 2022.
The regular submission deadline is 1st of May 2022. The festival asks a submission fee of €45 Euros or $54 USD per film during the regular deadline.
The extended submission deadline is 5th of June 2021. The festival asks a submission fee of €60 Euros or $72 USD per film during extended deadline.
The final submission deadline is 25th of June 2022. The festival asks a submission fee of €75 Euros or $90 USD per film during the regular deadline.

The Festival reserves the right to waive submission fees for selected applicants, to not comment on their decisions regarding waivers. The Festival reserves the right to select films received at any time and through any means, or process and to refuse late submissions.
If you have questions regarding the regulations or submissions process, please email submissions[a]poff.ee.

By submitting a film to the festival the applicant agrees by the submissions deadline to:
Fill and submit the entry form via the festival’s online submission form.
Provide a screening link and password via the online submission form or e-mail (the link needs to be visible for at least four programmers or more if needed).
Acknowledge that “selected” status on the online submission or an any kind of automated letter from the submission platform form does not guarantee confirmation of the submitted film to the festival.

To be eligible for the programme, the films must be feature-length (60 minutes and over) from around the world completed after 1st of January 2021.
Submitted films cannot be available on any online platform nor screened in cinemas in Estonia before or during the festival dates.
The Festival reserves the right to evaluate eligible films on a case by case basis.

1.2 Technical requirements and guidelines for film formats

The accepted screening format for all films is DCP. Provided DCPs must be DCI compliant (www.dcimovies.com) and adhere to all applicable conditions below.

DCPs must be provided and shipped on industry standard and protected hard drives or delivered digitally with previous confirmation from the festival technical department. Consumer grade hard drives and memory sticks are not permitted.

All films selected for the festival must be provided with English subtitles, unless they are already in English. A selection will be translated into Estonian. If the transfer of translated subtitles onto the DCP is not agreed with the representative of the film, the translations will be shown electronically.

All screening copies, if provided with any subtitles, must have the subtitles on the active picture area and not in the letterbox area. Dubbed language copies are also refused.

The festival reserves the right to demand new DCP packages free of charge in case of non-compatible DCPs, files are on broken hard drives or other quality standards are not met. These include wrongly placed or missing subtitles, or wrong soundtracks.

Unencrypted DCPs are strongly preferred. In case of encrypted DCPs, the festival requires one test KDM per film free of charge for quality assurance and technical testing for our test-screen or DKDM for laboratory testing. The quality assurance purpose KDM or DKDM is requested to be valid from the date the DCP arrives at the festival till 2 days after the festival.

The producer or film representative is requested to provide appropriate screening KDMs valid from 3 days before the start of the festival and 2 days after the festival, but in minimum at least 72 hours prior to screenings, and 48 hours after the screening. The cost of generating all KDMs will also be the responsibility of the producers or representatives of the film.

If the festival is provided with broken or wrongly assigned KDMs, appropriate new KDMs must be provided free of charge by the film submitter or representative. Quality assurance purpose DKDM does not exempt from providing screening KDMs if not agreed upon otherwise.

The festival supports 2K and 4K content. However, not all screens have a 4K projecting capability. The festival therefore cannot guarantee that all 4K films will be screened in a 4K resolution.

The festival reserves the right to refuse and withdraw the screening of the film from the festival if all requirements are not followed.

Detailed technical guidelines will be available linked for download along with the festival regulations on the festival website from 1st of June 2022 and also provided along with confirmation entry form.

Our festival’s technical team, dcinema@poff.ee, will happily help with any queries for all confirmed films.

1.3 Delivery of materials

All costs related to the shipping of the publicity materials are paid by the submitter or film representative.

All packages must be clearly marked with the title of the film, the sender’s / submitters name, return address and telephone number as well as the festival address:

Black Nights Film Festival
Attn: Programming
Telliskivi 60a/2, 3rd floor
Tallinn, Estonia
Phone: +372 56 208 308

Costs related to the shipping of the screening copies to the festival are paid by the festival, unless otherwise agreed upon. Return shipping costs are the responsibility of the submitter or film representative, or party appointed by them.

The festival will return or forward the screening copies within 14 days from the end of the festival unless instructed otherwise by the submitter or film representative. Returns before the Festival closing date must be agreed at least three weeks before the festival, and cannot be guaranteed after that.

The festival covers all expenses connected to the storage and insurance of the screening copies during the duration of the festival.

In the event of damage to a copy during the event, the Festival limits its responsibility to the cost of having a new standard copy made at current laboratory rates.