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World’s Largest Art Film Festival to Present 102 Films from 48 Countries
June 8-14 on Vimeo



April 12, 2021, Hollywood, CA

The Venice Institute of Contemporary Art (ViCA) is proud to announce the Official Selections for the 8th Annual Fine Arts Film Festival (FAFF), coming up on June 8-14, 2021 on Vimeo. FAFF – the world’s largest art film festival – will present 102 films from 48 countries represented across the globe.


Over half of the films were directed or produced by women, and POC directed almost a third of them.

One of the headliners is “Acting: The First Six Lessons,” directed by Emily Bridges, which Premieres at FAFF.

Helju Rossmann Schneider was born April 11,1935 at home on the family farm in Vändra.


She and her family fled Estonia on Sept 30, 1944 on a ship from Kuressaare.


Having survived the war with family intact, she lived in DP camps for the next 5 years, the last of which was Oldenburg.

Estonia still has roughly €200,000 worth of unpaid bills from Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan.


The Ministry of Finance says that the money will not be paid before the law firm provides a clear overview of what it has been doing since last summer.

The government announced, immediately after coming to power, on February 18 that it will terminate Estonia's contract with U.S. law firm Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan.


The bureau was notified soon after.

Members of Parliament Form Global Estonian Support Group

The aim of the new global Estonian support group formed in the Estonian parliament (Riigikogu) is to create a functioning network for the world's Estonian community at large and to connect and involve compatriots and people of Estonian heritage living abroad in various projects.



The Estonian American National Council (EANC), as a member of the Central and East European Coalition (CEEC), is taking the lead in hosting a panel discussion event highlighting issues facing NATO ahead of the 2021 NATO summit.


The event will focus on topics that are relevant to U.S. policy regarding the nations of central and eastern Europe and beyond. 


It will take place via Zoom on the morning of April 22nd at 10:00 EDT.

The event is titled “CEEC Policy Briefing: Runup to the 2021 NATO Summit” and will consist of two panel discussions.


With nighttime temperatures having still dipped below zero on much of mainland Estonia this past week, the kase/mahl (birch "juice", i.e. sap) overflowing from this 5 liter jar has frozen. It is Mihkli farm's oma kase (own birch's) sap in Riisipere, Harjumaa.   Photo: Katrin Mandel


You might have heard of omakase sushi.


Omakase is a Japanese phrase, used when ordering sushi in restaurants, that means "I'll leave it up to you" (from the Japanese "to entrust").

Estonia and U.S. Strengthen Cooperation in the Field of Nuclear Security

On April 5, the Estonian Ministry of the Interior and the United States Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Safety signed a cooperation agreement aimed at enhancing the prevention and suppression of crimes related to the illicit handling of radioactive materials.



New Nordic Cinema at Scandinavia House returns in a virtual format!


Celebrate contemporary Nordic filmmaking from home witth week-long sessions of contemporary feature films and documentaries.


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