JURY SPEAKERS GREG & LUCIA
Tere tulemast Tallinna!
number of cinemas: 6
Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, lies on the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland, only 70 km (43 mi) south of Helsinki. At the historical and medieval heart of the city is the hill of Toompea, covered in cobbled streets and filled with medieval houses and alleyways. The lower town spreads out from the foot of the hill, still protected by the remnants of a city wall. Around the city wall is a series of well-maintained green parks, great for strolling.
Most travellers arrive to Estonia through Tallinn either by plane, train, bus or a car, making it the most international city in Estonia. With half a million citizens, Tallinn is hardly a world metropolis. However: short distances and low traffic are advantages to cherish. Medieval Tallinn Old Town, one of the best preserved Hanseatic town centres in the world, is just a short walk away from the city business centre with modern towers.
Outside of the Old Town, there is still plenty to see and do – beautiful Kadriorg area with its large park, ponds, fountains and playgrounds, also an elegant and glamorous Pirita area where you can spend a day on the beach, or rent a boat. And Rocca al Mare, home to Tallinn Zoo, and the Estonian Open Air Museum.
NGO Kinobuss (Estonian for 'cinema bus') was founded in 2001 with the mission to join film, media, education and innovation by developing and distributing film and media literacy and overall film culture in the education system. Kinobuss works with children and students as well as teachers and youth co-ordinators, organises filmmaking workshops and events for young people. In addition, Kinobuss has been bringing films to remote locations in Estonia without permanent cinemas, firstly by touring with a cinema bus and its pop-up cinemas, now by distributing Estonian and children's films in local cultural houses and youth centres. This is the second time for Kinobuss to be the Estonian organiser of the Young Audience Award that takes place in Artis Cinema.
Artis Cinema was opened in 2009 with the intention to offer a selection of art-house and other quality films in comfortable and modern surroundings. Artis is a member of the Europa Cinemas network, and programming for young audiences has always been an integral part of its activities.