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FILMIST Estonian Film Festival

Update # 208

New film festival in Hamilton and Toronto, March 15-17 2024

Audience in cinema hall

Lights, camera, action! Cinematic excitement is about to hit Hamilton and Toronto with the arrival of the FILMIST Estonian Film Festival, bringing with it an array of genres, formats, and local and international talent into one festival.


From March 15 to 17, film enthusiasts in both Hamilton and Toronto will have the opportunity to enjoy animation, short, live-action feature, and documentary formats, presented by Estonian Arts Centre, the charity associated with KESKUS.

FILMIST opens in Hamilton on March 15 with a heartwarming documentary of a 14-year old girl who was granted emigration to join her parents in Sweden.  How was she left behind?  How did she get permission to leave?  Hers is just one of the many stories of our Estonian diaspora.  In Swedish with English subtitles.


Saturday March 16 in Toronto we’ll screen the whole gamut, from films created during the preceding week at FILMIST Stuudio through to the Oscar candidate “Koerkorter”, animated short, plus the short entitled “What Would You Take” that has screened in New York and London, that explores what it means to flee, through the items Ukrainian refugees have taken with them as they leave their war torn homeland and destroyed homes.

Sunday March 17th in Toronto we’ll screen the mediaeval thriller “Melchior the Apothecary: The Executioner’s Daughter”, the third in the trilogy.  Can you solve the who-done-it before Melchior does?  Or let him do the work and enjoy the medieaval Tallinn scenery and the gripping plot! No need to see the first two films for context, each film stands on its owns.

Go to for tickets, times, trailers. Tickets go on sale March 4, 2024

FILMIST has been programmed with a selection of films that ensures that there is something for every taste. Whether you're a fan of animation, gripping live-action features, thought-provoking documentaries, or the succinct storytelling of shorts, and first timers’ super-short documentaries, FILMIST has it all.  Estonian Arts Centre's FILMIST Festival is supported by Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Northern Birch Credit Union and FILMIST Stuudio also supported by Tartu College. 


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Please join the growing list of KESKUS capital campaign donors to help bring KESKUS to completion. KESKUS leadership donors are recognized here.

There are many ways to make a contribution to KESKUS. 

  • To donate, click here, or call +1.647.250.7136 or email Donations may be made as a family gift, or in honour of an individual or family. All donations are issued a tax receipt, in Canada via Estonian Arts Centre, US tax receipts via Myriad USA and Estonian tax receipts via Eesti Rahvuskultuuri Fond. Donations by credit card may be made here.

  • Legacy gifts made to the Estonian Arts Centre, the charity associated with KESKUS, are creative and tax-effective ways to provide support. These are known as “planned gifts” because with thoughtful planning, we create a win-win situation that benefits both you and our community for generations to come.  Find out how to provide a bequest in your will by going to

  • For information on making other types of planned gifts, including gifts of appreciated securities or insurance policies, or if you have any other questions, please contact EAC Donations Manager Taimi Hooper via email at or phone +1.647.250.7136.

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