Ongoing Projects



Speech to text synthesis, NER-based generation of metadata and topic modelling on ERR's audiovisual archive from 2003 to 2021 

The project is an elaboration of an already existing PRG grant "The Public Value Chains of Cultural Open Data Solutions" (PRG1191). However, the existing grant doesn't cover the generation of metadata from already existing ERR's archived content.

The project consists of 3 operations:

(a) speech to text synthesis that is based on the audiovisual content of ERR's archive;

(b) the generation of metadata with the help NER-technology (geographical places, public persons, institutions and relevant keywords for this period)

(c) the modelling of topics that is necessary to establish a linked database format in ERR's archive.

This additional layer of metadata will make ERR's archive potentially analysable for the social scientists and historians. Also it will help to improve the quality of the ERR's public services and its cooperation with other memory institutions. 

Project coordinator: Andres Kõnno


Hagi Šein,
Indrek Ibrus, Andres Karjus, Jaagup Kippar, Vejune Zemaityte


FILM-SKILLS: Joint Development of Qualification Standards for Film Occupations

FILM-SKILLS is a project that brings together Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian partners – three film schools and two film
industry organisations - with the aim of developing occupational qualifications’ standards for film occupations as a recognition interface between the labour market, higher education institutions, and other forms of training. The export of film production services is on the rise, and so is the need for specialists of technical and coordinating positions. However,
communication from the film industry has indicated that it may be difficult to fill certain crew positions with competent
people. Film producers have expressed that occupational standards would help to understand skills gaps, competencies, and job descriptions of film workers and overcome existing disparities. FILM-SKILLS aims to align the needs of the film industry with the applied and academic approaches of higher film education. The skills acquired in higher learning should match the expectations of the labor market, and conversely, film sector participants should have access to additional training and skills’ validation.

erasmus funded

Project coordinator: Veiko Vaatmann 01.12.2021–30.11.2023

Accessibility in Digital cOmmunication higheR Education curricula (ADORE)

The main objective of the ADORE project is to educate university teaching and training staff working in the field of communication on accessible content publishing and how to provide a more inclusive teaching experience in communication programmes. The project will establish a unique partnership between higher education institutions, training organisations and the private sector, with the overarching goal of mainstreaming accessibility skills in higher education curricula for communication disciplines, and to prepare students for the current and future needs of the economy and society.  ADORE will be carried out by a consortium of five European partners (Tallinn University, Funka Nu AB, University of Maribor, Paris-Lodron University Salzburg and the INUK Institut za napredno upravljanje komunikacij). ADORE is coordinated by Tallinn University Baltic Film, Media and Arts School. 


erasmus funded

Project coordinator: Anastassia Zabrodskaja 01.11.2021–31.10.2023

Media Literacy in the Baltics

US State Department Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL)

The fundamental starting points for continuing the project are essentially the same as they were at the starting phase of the project (16.03.2020-15.05.2021).
(1) training professional journalists, journalism professors, and their students (future journalists) in the use of tools designed to help ensure credible, fair, accurate, independent, and objective coverage in the face of concerted disinformation efforts. 
(2) developing classroom interventions aimed at increasing media literacy skills and building resistance to disinformation;
(3) Collaborate with media organizations and help organize the work of mentors and others as part of outreach and implementation.

Project coordinator: Andres Jõesaar

Aleksander Pulver, Tiia Õun, Katrin Saks, Katrin Sigijane, Indrek Treufeldt, Priit Hõbemägi, Külli-Riin Tigasson, Andres Kõnno, Elari Lend, Toomas Sääs


Twinning for Sustainable and Visible Excellence in Screen Media Entrepreneurship Scholarship

The objective of the ScreenME-Net project is to enhance excellence in screen media entrepreneurship scholarship at Tallinn University (TLU), to increase its networking position and visibility in this scholarly field, and to ensure sustainability of the impact of this project, mainly through the institutionalization of a screen media entrepreneurship research hub, the so-called ScreenME-Hub, at TLU. In terms of enhancing excellence in scholarship, the project aims at positively impacting all four pillars of scholarship (Boyer, 1990): discovery, integration, teaching and application. The objectives will be achieved through networking and collaboration activities with an interdisciplinary set of internationally-leading research institutions with strong expertise in entrepreneurship teaching and research as well as in various academic disciplines and scholarly areas of high relevance to understanding current dynamics in media industries and their wider societal effects.

Project coordinator: Ulrike Rohn  

Indrek Ibrus, Katrin Tiidenberg, Andres Jõesaar, Külliki Tafel-Viia


The Public Value Chains of Cultural Open Data Solutions

The project studies the complex ways in which cultural open data solutions could produce 'public value'. In conceptual terms it builds on Moore's and Mazzucato's work on public value, links these to our work on innovation systems in creative industries and investigates how new open data technologies such as the Semantic Web and blockchain could be seen as conditioning the emergence of new innovation systems, how they provide new tools for understanding the functioning of the related public sphere and of industry systems and how public value is produced within these systems. Our work in this project will be both empirical as well as applied, aimed at designing and testing new cultural open data management systems with Estonian Public Broadcasting. The project is highly international (studying multiple case studies across the world) and interdiscplinary (combining network science and data analytics with media and innovation economics, anthropology, information systems design and others).

Project coordinator: Indrek Ibrus

Ulrike Rohn, Maximilian Schich, Andres Kõnno, Andres Karjus, Vejune Zemaityte, Hanna Jemmer.


Enactive co-presence in narrative virtual reality - a triadic interaction model

The multidisciplinary project integrates film and digital media studies, physiological experiments, and theoretical synthesis. The future medium that combines cinema with immersive virtual reality (VR) allows real-time interaction between the viewer and screen characters. The core assumption is that new technological developments such as VR do not radically change the way how stories are told. Rather, same emotive-cognitive rules that drive narrative sense-making in literature and films drive our minds also when exploring narratives in VR headsets. What aspects these new methods of storytelling add to the viewer’s experience of co-presence, and how they can be harnessed for storytelling in VR? The goal is to augment multidisciplinary knowledge exchange about narrative film and media. Accommodating young researchers and fuelling future innovations, the project will benefit both the academic community as well as local film industry. 

Mobilitas+ programme

Project coordinator: Pia Tikka

Ermo Säks, Robert Graham McNamara, Abdallah Hussein Sham, Ats Kurvet, Mati Mõttus, Debora Conceição Firmino De Souza, Marie-Laure Cazin 


Representations of Femininity in Estonian Pop Music

This study explores the representation of women in Estonian popular music (in music videos, lyrics, interviews, pop artists' self-representation on social media, and audience reception) to examine how femininities are constructed. The analytical lens used to explore this topic is that of postfeminist (Cohen 1997; Schippers 2007; Lazar 2009; James 2017; Whitefield-Madrano 2016; Gill 2001; Gonick et al. 2009) and post- colonial / post-soviet femininities (McEwan 2001; Koobak 2013), relying on extant research on gendered discourses within popular music, popular media and women’s social media self-presentation. As such, the project contributes to (new) media, pop music, feminist and post-socialist studies by offering an in-depth analysis of Estonian pop music and constructions of femininity in the 21st century, as well as extending the dominant (Western) conceptual framework for studying constructions of gender in popular culture.

Mobilitas Pluss
Kerli Kirch Schneider

Freud's last Hypnosis - Validating emotion-driven enactions in cinematic VR

Using 360 VR film Freud’s last hypnosis as a study case, this experimental project will model the film viewers' emotion-driven enactment by specifying time-locked parameters of the viewers' engagement with the narrative. The project builds on my concept of Emotive Cinema and on-going development of the Emotive VR headset with integrated electroencephalographic (EEG) device for real-time measures of viewer's brain signals. I will identify a specific set of behavioral and physiological measurements that allow correlating the viewer's mental states and related emotion-driven interactions with the film's temporal and narrative unfolding. Eventually, the project will allow validating the viewer's unconscious mental states when iteratively testing the Emotive VR prototype, in particular, but, importantly, increase the conceptual and theoretical understanding on the enactive dynamics of emotion-driven cinematic narratives, in general.

Mobilitas PlussMarie-Laure Cazin


Finished Projects

Cross Motion

Interreg Baltic Sea Region

Alessandro Nani

Indrek Ibrus


Perception of Russia across Eurasia: Memory, Identity, Conflicts             

ERA-NET Rus Plus Programme

Anastassia Zabrodskaja 01.01.2016-31.12.2017

Courses for journalists from developing countries                                      

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Katrin Saks


Three Layers of telling a story

European Commision Erasmus+ (former Erasmus Mundus)

Elen Lotman 2014-2017

Kino Eyes 

The European Movie Masters - Erasmus Plus Joint Master Degree

European Commision Erasmus+ (former Erasmus Mundus)

Elen Lotman 2014-2017

Preparation for the international study programme Serious Games

Nordic Council of Ministers' Nordplus Horizontal

Andres Jõesaar


Creativity needs nurturing: enhancing school culture through a cross-sectional network II

Nordic Council of Ministers' Nordplus Horizontal

Eda Heinla


Transparency of New Forms of Media Advertising Online

Helsingin Sanomat (HS) Säätiö

Kaja Tampere


Benchmarking water protection in cities

European Commision Life+ Finnish Ministry of the Enviroment

Kaja Tampere


Architectural Short Films

Cooperation with Estonian Association of Architects

Elen Lotman


A Dozen Questions about Estonia

In cooperation with Estonian Institute

Elen Lotman


Paul Beaudoin PhD (Fitchburg State University/Brandeis University, USA) former Institute of Fine Arts Department of Music Fulbright Guest Scholar

Project coordinator at TU: Gerhard Lock

spring semester 2015

Choreography Department Participation in  Nordplus Network EXPLORATIONS IN MUSIC AND DANCE / EMD NETWORK

Nordic Council of Ministers Nordplus

Tiina Ollesk


Finished Projects

Robot Theatre I and II

The Project ROBOT THEATRE tries to teach a robot to make theatre, starting from writing a play and ending up with a performance both directed and played by robots. The artistic aim of the project is to explore the possibilities of using AI in creating an emotionally efficient performance; while as the research aims, more broadly, at understanding AI's potential to participate in any creative process.

Project coordinator: Liina Keevallik

Indrek Ibrus, Pia Tikka, Janika Leoste, Ermo Säks, Jaagup Kippar



Master of Arts in Cinematography, as an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree

Elen Lotman 08.02.2016–31.07.2021