Non-Degree / Dates: 11-29 July 2022

Tallinn Summer School, in cooperation with the Baltic Film, Media and Arts School (BFM) offers an inspiring course of practical film-making.

During the three-week course, experienced tutors will take you through the stages of filmmaking, from script to post-production and as a result, you will take home your own short film. The three weeks are divided into 3 cycles of film production.

During the first week, you will receive a quick introduction to the craft of filmmaking and will work on your own creative ideas. Together with a practitioner, you will develop a script for a short or documentary film and develop a script in groups. In the same week, you will get knowledge about storytelling and storyboarding.

The second week will be spent on capturing the ideas with the camera. You will receive expert tips from a professional cameraman and you will start shooting your own film. The third week’s focus will be editing. After having lectures on the different approaches to montage, you will cut your own film using the modern post-production facilities at BFM. The course will end with the screening of the films in the school cinema. Groups will use the equipment, film studios and editing facilities of BFM.

Why this course?

  • Thanks to its very practical and hands-on approach, many participants around the world have chosen this course to experience the exciting journey inside the art of filmmaking.

  • At the end of the course you will get a chance to screen your own short film in a real cinema theatre – the Supernova Cinema – in the final screening event.

  • This course benefits from the professional filming equipment and the modern sound and editing facilities at disposal at the Baltic Film and Media School department, the national film school of Estonia.


Madli Lääne is a writer, director, and editor, MFA in Film and Media Production, the University of Texas at Austin, USA, 2017. MA in Film Arts, Tallinn University, 2008


From Monday to Friday, 10.00 – 15.00. In addition, there is independent work in the afternoons and evenings, possibly also during the weekend. Please see also the full programme.

As there is a lot of independent/group work, it’s not possible to register for the cultural programme events and workshops.


The course is suitable for all people who are interested in filmmaking and are keen on putting their creative ideas into practice. No particular experience in filmmaking is required and the school encourages the enrolment of students from all backgrounds and countries. Each participant receives a diploma and a copy of the short films produced. The course is limited to 20 participants.

Credit points

4.5 ECTS

Covid-19 Restrictions

NB! When travelling to Estonia, the requirements established in Estonia must be followed. Read about them from website.

Please note that restrictions may change depending on the decision made by the Estonian Government. We highly recommend taking out insurance coverage.

"The highlight of the summer school was working with an international crew to make one singular vision become true."

Johannes Solman, Estonia
Short Film #tss2019

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