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Tanel Toom is an Estonian Oscar nominated director and screenwriter.

Tanel Toom
Tanel Toom

(1982-11-01) 1 November 1982 (age 37)
OccupationDirector, screenwriter

Tanel Toom studied filmmaking at the Tallinn University, graduating with a BA in 2005. After that, he worked as a director for commercials and as a first assistant director. In 2008 he completed his fourth short film, The Second Coming, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival.[1] The apocalyptical war drama has since been screened at numerous film festivals and won several awards, including Best European Short at the Arcipelago International Film Festival. The same year, he decided to continue his studies at the National Film and Television School in England. He graduated from the NFTS with an MA in 2010 and shortly after that his diploma film The Confession [2] won the Student Academy Award for Honorary Foreign Film and got him an Academy Award nomination for Live Action Short Film.[3]



Year Film Role Notes
2004 Once A Year Director, writer short film
2.68 Director, writer short film
Set Point 2nd Assistant Director Estonian/Original title: Täna öösel me ei maga
The Neighbour Assistant Director Estonian/Original title: Naaber
2005 The Wind Director Estonian/Original title: Tuul
2006 Ruudi 1st Assistant Director
2008 The Second Coming Director, writer Official selection - Venice Film Festival

Best European Short Film - Arcipelago Short Film Festival Best Cinematography - Avanca Film Festival

Estonian/Original title: Teine tulemine

The Loop Director, writer short film
Morgan Flynn Director short film
2009 Banana Chocolate Director, writer short film
2010 The Confession Director, writer Nominated for Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film
Student Academy Award for Best Foreign Film
2011 Mission M-314 Director, writer short film, stereoscopic
TBA Gateway 6 Director Thriller feature film
2019 Truth and Justice Director and screenwriter Feature, period drama. Based on the pentalogy of the same name by A. H. Tammsaare


  1. ^ Tanel Toom goes to Hollywood, Eesti Ekspress, 18. May 2010
  2. ^ ABOUT THE DIRECTOR... Archived July 16, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, The Confession homepage, March 3, 2011
  3. ^ Toom: Oscarile kandideeriv film valmis vaevaliselt,, 25. Januar 2011

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