This is a collection of documentaries. These works, showcasing the diversity of South Estonia, are a collaboration between Estonian and international film directors. The short films will be merged onto the "Arts of Survival" film cassette, and you will be able to watch them in cinemas across Estonia. You might also sight them on TV or at screenings in small villages. However, if you're more into evening gowns and suits, feel free to enjoy these films about the uniqueness of Southern Estonia at some of Europe's prestigious film festivals. 


Over the next couple of years, internationally renowned documentary filmmakers will come to South Estonia for a residency, each of whom will find a topic that excites them. In the global context, Estonia has many distinctive features - from children's robotics groups to the natural uniqueness of our wetlands; from active village life to the footprints of Jüri Lotman, Uku Masing or Jaan Kaplinski; from the reviving shops in the countryside to Tartu's newest start-ups.

For an international film professional, a residency also means holding masterclasses to the Estonian film community and sharing their ways of seeing the world and expressing themselves artistically through retrospectives. The renowned authors also create significant value by offering artistic opportunities to young film enthusiasts in South Estonia. 


Collaboration becomes an experience. During the residency, Estonian filmmakers as well as young film enthusiasts from South Estonia will be exchanging ideas and experiences with the world's top documentary filmmakers. As for this project, the process is just as important as the result.

Of course, you will have the chance to see it all. You'll enjoy these out-of-the-box movies in 2024. You'll see a high quality, honest picture of our natural and cultural ways of survival. You'll get a different view of the people, places and culture of Southern Estonia. 


The film medium spreads quickly across the globe and the on-screen stories will remain an important record of life in Tartu and South Estonia for generations to come. 

Never before has South Estonia been captured on film in such a systematic and comprehensive way.

Advocates: Liisa Nurmela, Anna-Liisa Ingver, Kaarel Kuurmaa