Statistics: Record number of cinema visits in 2018

Cinema audience.
Cinema audience. Source: Ken Mürk/ERR

Cinema attendance set a new record in 2018 with 3.6 million visits, figures released by Statistics Estonia show, and 34 full-length films were produced in Estonia in the same year.

 In total 15 full-length feature films were produced last year, of which 12 were distributed in cinemas within the year. Four full-length feature films were made and released in 2018 under the Estonia 100 film programme: "The Little Comrade", "The Riddle of Jaan Niemand", "Take It or Leave It" and "Phantom Owl Forest".

"The Little Comrade" won the Estonian Film and Television Award for the best feature film. "Truth and Justice", which broke attendance records, was released in 2019 and is not yet reflected in the statistics. In 2018, 18 full-length documentaries and 10 were in cinemas in the same year, and one full-length animation "Captain Morten and the Spider Queen" were produced. 

 Unlike full-length films, fewer short films were made compared to 2017. There were 34 short feature films, 52 short documentaries, and 6 short animations produced in 2018. A large proportion of short films were student films produced in Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School.

A considerable number of corporate films are produced in Estonia. In 2018, approximately 7,100 corporate films were made, the majority of which were advertising films or advertising clips. Besides advertising films, 286 promotional films, 177 educational films and 21 music videos were produced. 

 In addition to film production, Estonian enterprises offer film services to foreign film producers. In 2018, Estonian companies provided almost 6,000 film services to foreign companies. The cost of the services amounted to €7.8 million euros net of VAT, which is more than twice as much as in the previous year. This rise has been facilitated by the new Film Estonia audio-visual production incentive.

More than 400 films were shown in Estonian cinemas in 2018. 39 of the films were made in Estonia, 138 in the USA, 199 in European countries and 28 in other countries. 

The Estonian Film Institutes said the highest-grossing film in Estonia in 2018 was "Bohemian Rhapsody", produced in collaboration between the UK and the USA, which grossed €883,100. The highest-grossing Estonian film was "Class Reunion 2: A Wedding and a Funeral", with box office earnings of €859,000. Other high-grossing Estonian films were "Phantom Owl Forest" and "The Little Comrade". The average film ticket cost 5.70 euros.


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Editor: Helen Wright

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