Special screening for EstDocs short films
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Toronto. September 26, 2014 - Each year, EstDocs, the Estonian Documentary Film Festival, showcases the Estonian culture and spirit in venues across the city. This year, before the actual Film Festival itself, we will be giving Toronto a “taste” of some of our films by showing a night of short (7 minutes max) documentaries at The Stephen Bulger Gallery (Camera Bar) on Queen Street.

Get ready for a night of quirky humour and thoughtful commentaries as well as a chance to mingle and enjoy the bar and Estonian “kringel” – sweet coffee bread.

Our films are a mix from Estonian and Canadian-Estonian filmmakers (many of whom live right here in Toronto) as well as the occasional film by non-Estonians as they observe and comment on our culture.

Although Toronto is home to the largest population of ethnic Estonians outside of Estonia, many people still don’t know much about us so here are a few fun facts. Did you know:

  1. Estonians invented Skype

  2. Estonia was the first country in the world to use online political voting
    The population of Estonia is around 1.3 million people and the country rests on the Baltic Sea, just south of Finland

  3. The U.S. looked to Estonia for some of our expertise in the world of cyber security

  4. The well-known composer, Arvo Pärt (elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1996), is Estonian

  5. Every five years, more than 25,000 Estonians gather in the capital, Tallinn, to sing in perfect harmony together while more than 100,000 sit and watch them in the special amphitheatre built for this event (the next Songfest is scheduled for 2019)

There’s lots more to find out about us, so come and Take a Peek at Our Culture on October 3.
All films are either in English or in Estonian with English subtitles, as we welcome everybody.

EstDocs Short Film Night -- When & Where
October 3, 2014 at The Stephen Bulger Gallery, 1026 Queen Street West, Toronto
Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; Screening at 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $ Pay What You Can

EstDocs Annual Film Festival – When & Where
October 16 - 21, 2014 – more information to follow or visit www.estdocs.com

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Maret Jaks
Telephone: (416) 574-0790
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