The Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (in Estonian known as PÕFF – Pimedate Ööde Filmifestival) has been launched in 1997 and has grown into one of the most important and most popular film festivals in Northern Europe. One of the main goals is to present a comprehensive selection of world cinema to Estonian, Baltic and North European audiences; they have succeeded by featuring over 250 films and over 300 shorts and animations during the festival.
The Black Nights has developed, over time, two sub-festivals, PÖFF Shorts and a youth and children's film festival, Just Film, taking place concurrently with the main festival, two off-season festivals, Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival and Tartu Love Film Festival, and a fully-fledged film industry platform, Industry@Tallinn.
The festival consists of two parts – competitive and non-competitive with numerous awards in different categories. The Black Nights is also devoted to supporting young and new talents in the film industry.