What are you offering the viewers?
Siimon Rampe: EFFA has a very compact schedule that should at least have something for everyone. We will be showing animation, features and documentaries in both long and short form. The moods of the films range from funny to sad, outrageous to sobering. There is no particular theme running through the films, just great variety. And something for the kids too!
How can a film buff take part in EFFA?
Siimon Rampe: We may be putting out a call for volunteers closer to the Eesti Päevad; however we don't want to build anyone's hopes up as we had an over-subscription of help over a year ago when we launched EFFA. It's the early bird that catches the worm!
Other than being a volunteer, the best way to support EFFA (and KiNO!) is to come and see the films on show.
I've heard the Eesti päevad pass owners get one film session for free. What if they want to see other films?
Siimon Rampe: Firstly, adults who buy a either a Culture Pass for themselves or Children's Pass for their child/ren will be entitled to one full days viewing of all movie sessions. That is available to these two passes only. If you want to come to EFFA and buy an Eesti päevad pass, make sure EFFA is included in that pass!
If you buy a Party Pass or Mega Pass, EFFA is not included. However, should you wish to see a film, tickets will be available for purchase before the day, or at the door subject to availability.
EFFA runs for two days – the 29th and 31st of December. Whichever day a ticket holder would prefer to use their ticket is up to them. An EFFA ticket covers ALL films on that day. There are no restrictions on what films you can see during a single day other than available seating. So, come and see all the films or check out the schedule and just see one. It's totally up to you.
Secondly, if the holders of a Culture Pass use their pass on the first day and want to see the second days movie sessions, all they need to do is purchase another ticket either before the event or at the door on the day. Full day tickets are $15 per adult and $10 per child. For the children we have four films on the morning of the 31st only, so they don't need to worry about re-purchasing tickets.
It should be emphasised that if there are too many people at one time, we may not be able to sell tickets at the door due to seating restrictions.
Can a person walking in off the streets see the films?
Siimon Rampe: Again, yes they can and we are strongly promoting and encouraging non-Estonians and the Surry Hills local community to come and see what Estonian film and culture is about. All films have English sub-titles so they are accessible to all.
This is the first Estonian film festival in Australia. How easy has it been to organise it? Who has helped out?
Siimon Rampe: Technically EFFA isn't the first Estonian film festival to be held in Sydney and accordingly we haven't promoted it as such. There was an Estonian film day at the last Sydney Eesti päevad organised by Jaan Ranniko and Maie Barrow.
The two main differences this time around is that the films are more recent and we are holding EFFA with the intention of making it an annual event rather than a one-off like the last event back in 2006. Six years is too long to wait!
As for organising EFFA, it has been a long and drawn out affair. The process began back in October of last year. Permissions for films were sought; applications for funding from Estonia and locally were filled in and sent off. Waiting for replies from producers, directors, government departments and the like has been an incredibly time consuming affair for both Leen Rampe and Jaan Ranniko to deal with. It's all for the love of film and hopefully that will be rewarded by having a full house of people to see the films.
Even though the idea for EFFA spawned from hosting KiNO! nights at Sydney Eesti maja, Leen and I had no experience with building, hosting and promoting an event of any type before. Fortunately for us, when we put out a call for help we were lucky enough to have Jaan come back and provide some heavy lifting for EFFA as he had the experience from the last event under his belt. We have also had great support from a host of other people; Triin Pehk; Helle-Mai Pedastsaar; Kristi Barrow; Millerine Brikker; Marilin Ilp who have helped out when they can which has been greatly appreciated . Sorry if I have missed anyone.
Estonian Film Festival of Australia (EFFA) Schedule
Saturday, December 29th
1pm Erki-Sven Tüür – 7 Etudes in Pictures (documentary). Dir. Marianne Kõrver
2:30pm World Champion (short documentary) Dir. Moonika Siimets
3:30pm Runic Song – Songs of an Ancient Sea (full length documentary) Dir. Ulirke Koch
Monday, Decmeber 31st
10am Lotte and the moon stone secret (animation, child friendly) Dir. Heiki Ernits, Janno Põldma
11am Lotte journey south (animation, child friendly) Dir. Heiki Ernits, Janno Põldma
12:30pm Time is Here - (documentary, child friendly) Dir. Marje Jurtsenko
2pm Trendy Dog - (child friendly) Dir. Moonika Siimets
2:30 Another Dimension (short documentary) Dir. Moonika Siimets
3:30pm Snow Queen (feature) Dir. Marko Raat
|DO NOT MISS OUT: ESTONIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF AUSTRALIA The 1st Estonian Film Festival of Australia (EFFA) is just around the corner this coming December.|