In the second week of August, Tartu Old Town will become the largest open-air cinema in Estonia for the 15th time. The PÖFF (Black Nights Film Festival) love film festival Tartuff will open a virtual movie theater for the first time, which can be visited all over Estonia.
The films will reach the audience via the web platform called Elisa Stage, which has also broadcasted the Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival (Haapsalu õudustefilmide festival (HÕFF) in May.
All films which will be shown on the screen in Tartu can be watched free of charge, but a ticket must be purchased for virtual screenings.
Kristiina Reidolv, the head of Tartuff said: "The virtual festival is intended for those who cannot fit on the square or cannot come to Tartu. It provides an opportunity to get familiarized with the Tartuff program for those who have never been to the festival."
Due to the restrictions related to the coronavirus, a thousand seats will be brought to the Town Hall Square, ensuring the 2 + 2 rule* is followed by and the availability of disinfectants will be ensured. Documentary and children's movies screened at the Athena Center are subject to a 50 percent occupancy rule.
From August 10 to August 15, the sub-theme of this year's love film festival is visual art. The program includes almost 20 movies, in addition to numerous special events, which also include the Tartu Art Museum (Tartu kunstimuuseum) and the Pallas Art School (kõrgem kunstikool Pallas). Tartuff's program will be announced in July.
Last year, the festival had 15,000 visits. The most popular films were the Finnish youth film "Stupid Young Heart" (Estonian: "Rumal noor süda") and the Italian comedy "When Mother Is Away" (Kui ema on ära"), each of which brought 2,300 viewers to the town hall square.
Tartuff is organized by the Black Nights Film Festival in cooperation with the City of Tartu, the Tartu Film Foundation (Tartu Filmifond) and the Tartu Creative Economy Center (Tartu loomemajanduskeskus).
Editor's note: Tartuff announced their rules before the government said on Thursday afternoon the 2+2 rule no longer has to be followed.
Editor: Katriin Eikin Sein