Mark Soosaar and
opening the first festival,
the head of the jury,
making the main award
to Asen Balikci for
his Winter in Ice Camp.
Pärnu International Documentary and Anthropology
Film Festival renamed to Pärnu International
Documentary and Science Film Festival in 2019,
festival also known as
Pärnu Film Festival.
Born from Lennart Meri’s idea in 1987 the Pärnu
International Documentary and Science Film
Festival is the oldest of its kind in the Baltic
countries and is about to happen for the 34th time
One of the main themes of the festival has always
been the survival of indigenous peoples and their
cultures. But the screening program also includes
social interpretations of contemporary society,
portraits of interesting people and human relations
as well as films on music and art.
Children and youth have always been included, both
at workshops and watching the competition program of
children and youth films.
of the festival are: Human Interest, Social Issues, Art,
Music, Culture, Survival of Indigenous Cultures,
Docs for Kids, Author's POV.
Since 1999, a separate competition has been held for
films, that will be broadcast in Estonian Television
(Estonian People's Award).
Next to awards
given by the jury there is always the program on TV
for the people to vote. In cooperation with the
Estonian Television we show absorbing and deep docs
to the whole of Estonia, give votes and choose the
best film worth the Estonian People’s award. The
beautiful blanket of West Estonian pattern will be
won by the film maker whose work will get the
greatest number of votes.
XXXIV Pärnu Film Festival
October 12 - 18, 2020 in Pärnu
October 19 - 25, 2020 travelling program all over Estonia:
the Pärnu County, Viljandi, Heimtali, Elva,
The festival office is located at
The Museum of New Art
Esplanaadi 10, Pärnu, 80010
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