Culture 2020 and cinematography

At the 21 November 2013 sitting, the Government of the Republic adopted a document on the main principles of cultural policy, which outlines the plans for promoting Estonian culture over the following seven years.

“The general principles of cultural policy until 2020” contains the principles of cultural policy formation and implementation, as well as priorities for each field. Drafting these principles was based on over several hundred propositions gathered at different stages, and the process included professional associations as well as government institutions.

The general principles of cultural policy were adopted by the Parliament on 12 February 2014.


Development priorities in the area of filmmaking until 2020


In the area of filmmaking, the state has set out an objective that includes six main principles and priorities for the area.

  • The state supports filmmaking in a capacity that meets the prerequisites for ensuring the continuation of professional filmmaking in Estonia and an increase in viewer interest.

    The Estonian Film Institute is the umbrella organisation for all-important activities in the field, supporting the development, production, and marketing of films. The institute is responsible for the restoration and digitalisation of the heritage in their possession, collects statistics on the topic and carries out activities related to in-service training and raising awareness of filmmaking. Estonian audiovisual heritage is digitalised and made available to the public.

  • In cooperation with local municipalities and private companies, the state will create better opportunities for digital film screenings at theatres and culture halls in larger county centres. Estonian films are distributed at international festivals, as well as in cinemas and on television abroad and they are made available on new digital platforms.

  • In Estonia, the internationalisation of filmmaking and co-production with film companies and filmmakers from other countries is supported. Estonia has the professional specialists and infrastructure for international companies to realise television and film projects in Estonia. Regional foundations are operating in order to offer the services needed internationally for producing audiovisual content in Estonia, as well as an organisation for marketing Estonia internationally as a filming location.

  • The state appreciates professional filmmaking as the primary source of medial literacy for young viewers and participants and values the promotion of amateur and school film in Estonia.

  • The Tallinn University Baltic Film and Media School will develop into a contemporary international higher education institution for film and media studies, where education in the field of film and audio-visual media can be obtained in Estonian as well as in English. Together with other universities, study and research directions will be developed to address the application of information and communication technologies in the creation of culture, but also cross-media studies, video game development, the digitalisation and re-use of cultural heritage, the creation of digital learning ecosystems, incl. educational games. It is important that audio-visual in-service training is provided to teachers of general education schools.


Last updated: 14 May 2019