The World Film Festival’s focus in Tartu (Estonia) is on ethnographic films. It takes place in the new and very modern National Museum of Tartu. It screens the movies in 3 different cinema-rooms: in the main room, the special-event room and the chilling room, where the audience can lie down on huge pillows and watch the movies simultaneously with the main room. The World Film Festival is non-competitive; the purpose is rather to meet filmmakers and to share different approaches to documentaries and ethnography.
Almost every screening led to a Q&A (with live streaming via Skype, if the filmmaker was not present – what is really unusual). But it worked very well. The festival screened short and full-length documentaries from all over the world.
I strongly recommend visiting and applying for the World Film Festival. It has a very warm atmosphere and open-minded visitors, organizers and volunteers. Except movies the festival offered a visit to the museum, lectures and discussion panels, music concerts as well as a traditional Estonian sauna evening.
You can expect an audience of approximately 40 people during the screenings.
I was very satisfied with the festival and my screening. I led long discussions during the Q&A as well as during informal meetings. I met filmmakers from South Korea, Italy and the United States and I believe it could be useful in my future work.