Tanel Toom is an Oscar-nominated director with more than a decade of directing experience. Born in Estonia, Tanel trained at Tallinn University Baltic Film and Media School (BA in Directing, 2005) and at the National Film & TV School in the UK (MA in Directing Fiction, 2010).
His films have been to over 35 international festivals and won many awards. His short film THE CONFESSION was nominated for an Oscar at the 83rd Academy Awards. His first feature, an Estonian period drama TRUTH AND JUSTICE, broke all the viewing and box office records and quickly became the most watched film ever in Estonia.
Tanel has been a guest lecturer at Westminster University and Metropolitan Film School in London (UK), University of Beira Interior in Covilhã (Portugal), Baltic Film and Media School and The Drama School of Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in Tallinn (Estonia). He has also studied directing actors under renowned Hollywood acting coach Ivana Chubbuck and is one of the officcially certified Chubbuck Technique teachers for actors and directors.
Currently, he is in preproduction with his second feature GATEWAY - a sci-fi thriller to be shot this autumn.