Young Tallints Critics Workshop
The Young Tallints, a partnership between Black Nights FF and FIPRESCI , has been set up to mentor young critics from the Baltics. The workshop aims to introduce young critics to the world of film criticism, film journalism and navigating an A-List Film Festival by giving them practical tasks at the Black Nights Film Festival. 

It takes three young journalists – one from Latvia, one from Estonia and one from Lithuania – and, under the tutelage of Laurence Boyce, they are taught more about applying their skills in the world of film journalism outside of the Baltics.

Throughout five days, the three journalists are assigned works with these works analysed and critiqued in intensive morning sessions before the work is edited and published. The Young Tallints gives them the chance to not only review films but to do interviews and craft industry news stories. Aside from Laurence Boyce, guest journalists from various publications are also invited to give their feedback and give the Tallints the benefit of their advice.

All the articles of the participants will be published in the News section of the festival.

Young Tallints of 2018Tautvydas Urbelis (Lithuania)
"Writing about cinema means creating new planes of meaning instead of barely describing images on screen”

I am constantly in-between – places, disciplines and people. I was reluctant to write “I am”, as I rarely, if ever, feel the stability of being. Then thought of writing something about becoming, but that it is too pretentious for a short bio like this. Although similar things can be said about film as an art of liminality. 

Coming from a background of philosophy and political science, I found film as an important articulation of what is visible and what is beyond our perception. Somehow time-images and moving-images helps me to grasp (at least partially) fluctuations of our reality. In this sense I believe that writing about cinema means creating new planes of meaning instead of barely describing images on screen. Currently I am trying to connect cinema with other forms of art and different critical theories. This work includes articles in popular and scientific press, conferences, discussions and screenings. 

I had an opportunity to take part in establishing two independent culture venues in Kaunas, that for a short period of time became crucial epicentres for fringe music and film. Up until today I feel strong commitment to explore peripheries of culture and give voice to those, who remains beyond scope of culture industry. 

Currently I am a freelance writer and critic, and recently collaborated with Kaunas IFF and Kaunas Artist House. Apart from that, I am working on my lasting project on connections between contemporary dance and urbanism. Although things might change at any moment, as I am constantly searching for new invigorating cultural engagements.

Tavydas' articles:
Review - A Shelter Among The Clouds
Interview - Kiril Sokolov, director and writer of Why Don’t You Die!

Dace Čaure (Latvia)
“The cinematic language is so complex that there are many ways of writing about it”

I am the most recent addition to the "Kino Raksti" team - the only professional cinema-specific platform in Latvia. For the second year in a row I am a curator for the International Short Film Festival 2ANNAS. And I work as a freelance translator, translating mostly films and other audiovisual materials for the television.

If I were to define myself, I would say I am a film enthusiast - I dare not to call myself a cinephile, not just yet. But I do feel at home when the lights dim and a film is about to unravel. And I want to share this feeling of home with my readers. An article can be the beginning of a conversation, something that sets the mood, gives a little context, argues if the film has reached its own goal, and discusses what "works" within this piece of art and what does not.

The cinematic language is so complex that there are many ways of writing about it, many different emphases, roundabouts, hidden crevasses and possibilities to explore them. And a critic should not be a trendsetter or an undisputed authority - they should be the ones who dare to go into that dark night, find a flashlight and help others see a bit further.

Dace's articles:
Black Nights Stars examines casting opportunities in film and TV
Review - Captain Morten and the Spider Queen

Mirjam Mikk (Estonia)
 “A good review accompanies film like dessert”

I love films of any genre where reality appears differently to my mundane routine, offering a fresh way of seeing. I’m touched by visual fairytales, where the screen, like a portal, opens up another world and by the time the credits roll, I can’t help but to feel a slight shift in myself. I refuse to believe that all the stories have already been told. Maybe when I become old and bitter, but whilst young and naive, I feel there is still a lot out there in the universe.

Also aliens.

For me, a good review accompanies film like dessert. It’s an art on its own. Succinct and sweet, it visualizes the film’s feeling once more with words, helps to navigate and decipher the story or even show a different prism through which to see the cinematic work. It can shape the way a film is perceived and generate discussion. What sets film journalism apart from just an opinion is that it isn’t criticism for the sake of criticising, it gives the reasons why some stories enchant and why others don’t. A whole other skill of the cinema spectrum, that’s what draws me to it - a way to turn mere thoughts into something with quality and depth.

I am currently a Screenwriting & Film Theory student at BFM, delving into the world of storytelling. Still a rookie learning the ropes of the cinema world I am fascinated by. Always on the lookout for something new to discover.

Including aliens.

Mirjam's articles:
Interview with Maria Avdjushko, director and writer of Fire Lily
Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Even Award Ceremony