Statistical activity code: 40402
Imported films and films that were distributed in Estonian cinemas by country of origin; attendance; mean ticket price; production of films by type; television broadcasts by origin, number of episodes and total duration; film and television services provided to foreign companies; sources of financing of audiovisual production and services
Type of films
Film imports and distribution; film and television production
Attendance – the total number of tickets sold plus free admissions.
Corporate film – advertising, promotional film, educational film or music video.
Country of origin – the country that covered at least 50% of the production costs of the film.
Distribution of full-length films – includes full-length films screened in cinemas for commercial purposes in the reference year. The film must be screened in cinemas for at least seven days (at least one screening per day).
Educational film – a film with educational content.
Film or television service provided to a foreign company – a film or television production or postproduction service, which is paid for by a foreign enterprise and not accompanied by proprietary rights.
Full-length film – a professional film with a duration of 60 minutes or longer screened in cinema, other screening location or at least one channel owned by a media services provider or provider of corporate audiovisual media services.
Imported films – films imported for screening in cinemas and first screened in cinemas in the reference year.
Main producer – an enterprise or institution that holds the copyright of the film.
Mean ticket price – gross box office receipts in euros divided by the total number of tickets sold.
Minority co-producer – an enterprise that was involved in an international film production and has proprietary rights which are at least proportional with its participation.
Music video – a short film with artistic or promotional purposes which combines music and image.
Promotional film – a film produced for image-building purposes (excl. advertising).
Short film – a professional film with a duration of up to 59 minutes, produced for cinema, other screening location or at least one channel owned by a media services provider or provider of corporate audiovisual media services.
Television broadcasts and series – animation series; live broadcasts of sports, music and other events produced in Estonia; fictional series; serial broadcasts (incl. news, political issues, television game entertainment, documentaries, children’s broadcasts and sports broadcasts, etc.); children’s and youth broadcasts and individual broadcasts (recordings of theatre plays or concerts, individual fictional broadcasts, etc.). Series or serial broadcasts are productions consisting of at least three episodes.
Film, TV broadcast or series
Producers of professional audiovisual productions (film, television broadcast, series, etc.) and companies providing film and television services to foreign enterprises; movie distributors.
A list compiled based on the business register for statistical purposes of active enterprises engaged in the production of cinematographic films and videos, the production of television broadcasts and, under certain conditions, the post-production activities of cinematographic films, videos and television broadcasts
Entrepreneurs who have received support from the Estonian Film Institute or the Cultural Endowment of Estonia for the production of films
Estonian Public Broadcasting (ERR) and TV channels with long-term permission to provide media services
Co-producers of the ERR
Estonia as a whole
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The news release “Film production” once a year. The news release can be viewed on the website of Statistics Estonia in the section Uudiskiri (in Estonian).
More information on film statistics is available on the website of the Estonian Film Database https://www.efis.ee/en.
Data are published in the statistical database at https://andmed.stat.ee/en/stat under the subject area “Social life / Culture / Film” in the following tables:
KU06: Imports of long feature films
KU07: Distribution of long feature films
KU082: Production of films by type
KU083: Production of corporate films by type of film
KU0830: Production of television programs
KU0832: Audiovisual services provided to foreign companies by type of tv content
KU0833: Audiovisual services provided to foreign companies by type of film
KU084: Funding of audiovisual content by source of financing.
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If necessary, the missing data are imputed.
The data are published for Estonia only. Geographical comparability at international level cannot be assessed.
The data on film imports and the distribution of films have been published since 1993. Until 2013, the data were collected with a questionnaire of Statistics Estonia, but since 2014, the data of the Estonian Film Institute have been used. Due to the change of the data source, the data are not fully comparable, but the changes are not as substantial as to disrupt the time series. The main data on the production of films have been published since 1995. The data in the time series are not fully comparable due to changes made over the years in the questionnaire, definitions and methodology. For instance, films with a duration of at least 60 minutes are currently considered full-length films. Previously, in the case of certain types of films, also shorter films were considered full-length films. Until 2019, the data on film production were collected with a questionnaire of Statistics Estonia and the data on the content of full-length and short films were corrected on the basis of the data of the Estonian Film Database. Starting from the statistics of 2020, the data on full-length and short films (excl. revenue and costs) are received from MTÜ Estonian Film Database (EFA).
Cross-domain coherence cannot be assessed, as the specific data are collected in Estonia by only one institution: the data on film imports and the distribution of films by the Estonian Film Institute, the data on the content of full-length and short films by MTÜ Estonian Film Database (EFA) and the rest of the data by Statistics Estonia.
The outputs of the statistical activity are coherent. Due to rounding, the sums received by adding numbers in tables are not always equal with the total.
Total population is ca 500 objects. Census has been used.
The following data are received from the Estonian Film Institute: number of new and old films distributed in cinemas in the reporting year, attendance and ticket sales. Data on full-length and short films finalised in the reporting year (excl. sources of funding) are received from the Estonian Film Database.
DATA FROM OTHER STATISTICAL ACTIVITIES
Data are collected and the submission of questionnaires is monitored through eSTAT (the web channel for electronic data submission). The questionnaires have been designed for independent completion in eSTAT and include instructions and controls. The questionnaires and information about data submission are available on the website of Statistics Estonia in the section Questionnaires.
Data are collected with the annual statistical questionnaire “Film”.
Data from the Estonian Film Institute and Estonian Film Database are received by e-mail.
The data are compared with the data of previous periods. All columns are checked to make sure that they have been completed as required.
In the case of missing or unreliable data, estimate imputation based on established regulations is used.
The collected data are converted into statistical output. This includes calculating additional indicators.