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Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival presents its Tallinn Industry Days 2012 (November 26 - 28, 2012)

  Tallinn Industry Days boasts a line-up of Asian and North American professionals. The top movers from Asian and American independent industry from producers to financiers, festivals amd institutions are meeting up in Estonia this fall on 26 -28 November to boost their cooperation across continents, Estonia and North-Eastern Europe. Multinational hits, Asian project markets, potential genre biz, and crowd funding are tackled in a two day meet with an unique finance and matching program wi...

Full Starz Denver Film Festival schedule released

The 35th Starz Denver Film Festival (SDFF), sponsored by Starz Entertainment and produced by the Denver Film Society, announced today its full Festival line-up. SDFF will run November 1 through November 11 in Denver. The complete list of films can be viewed at   "Election day is not the only big event happening this November. The Starz Denver Film Festival will celebrate its 35th edition with signature events and a diverse line-up of films from around the glo...

The Growing Season

Director: Sampsa Huttunen.

Timo is a Finnish guy who wants to become a farmer. The authorities are against because his crop is cannabis.

The Finnish Film Affair Preliminary Line Up 2012

The Finnish Film Affair (Sept 25-27) Preliminary Line Up 2012 3 Simos (3 Simoa), Teemu Nikki, It’s Alive Productions After Life - 4 Stories of Torture (Jälki elämässä - 4 tarinaa kidutuksesta), Mervi Junkkonen, Klaffi Productions Almost 18 (Kohta 18), Maarit Lalli, Huh huh -filmi The Annunciation (Marian ilmestys), Eija-Liisa Ahtiala, Crystal Eye Canned Dreams (Säilöttyjä unelmia), Katja Gauriloff, Oktober, D...

Ulla Bergström appointed as the new Executive Director of DocPoint

Ms. Ulla Bergström will be taking on the responsibilities of Executive Director in DocPoint –  Helsinki Documentary Film Festival on August 1st 2012. Before DocPoint Bergström (born 1970) has worked at Turku European Capital of Culture 2011 Programme team as a Production Coordinator. In movie industry Bergström has been working as an animation director, animator and character designer at Bergani Films Ltd, YLE and Per Holst AB. She has also lectured about media production and animat...

27th Midnight Sun Film Festival celebrates screen gems

The 27th Midnight Sun Film Festival (13.-17.6.2012) will be graced by the presence of two female actors who began their career in the 1950s: Finland's only Hollywood star Taina Elg, and Ingmar Bergman's protégé Harriet Andersson. Of directors, together with their productions, the American cult movie maker Alan Rudoph, Hungarian Béla Tarr, whose quite personal films never fail to cause a stir, two Swedish talents of a younger generation - Ruben Östlund and Axel Petersén - and the Portugues...

Interview with Rat King Filmmaker Petri Kotwica

By Maria Esteves – May 2, 2012 Petri Kotwica (PK) is a writer, editor, actor, and award-winning filmmaker from Finland. His passion for film art began as a child. Kotwica has edited, written, and appeared in numerous films. Kotwica directed Homesick (Koti-ikävä) received 12 awards, Black Ice (Musta jaa) received 6 awards, Las Nueve Vidas, and Force Majeure. His television series include Alamaailma Trilogia: Lakimies and Runoraati. Kotwica’s latest powerful technology thriller RAT KING ...

Documentary film makers around the world gathers in Helsinki for DocPoint

A large and varied group of documentary film makers around the world gathers in Helsinki when the 11th DocPoint - Helsinki Documentary Film Festival kicks off today at 24th January.   The main guest of the festival is the Israeli director Eyal Sivan, who has been dealing critically with the political situations in the Middle East and Europe. Also Aliona van der Horst, the director of the shaking Water Children, and the protagonist of the film, an artist Tomoko Mukaiyama, who has...

39 New Film Projects at the Berlinale Co-Production Market 2012

Searching for Co-Production Partners: 39 New Film Projects at the Berlinale Co-Production Market 2012 At the ninth Berlinale Co-Production Market (February 12 to 14, 2012), the producers and directors of 39 selected film projects from 30 countries will meet with 450 potential co-production and financing partners. For each of these projects, the Berlinale Co-Production Market team will arrange approximately 25 meetings with interested partners. This means carefully scheduling more than 1000 meeti...

IFFR to honor Finnish film maker Peter von Bagh

IFFR to honor Finnish film maker, film historian and festival director Peter von Bagh The International Film Festival Rotterdam 2012 will pay tribute to Peter von Bagh by presenting a selection of his films, as well as showing three rare classics from Finnish cinema history that have been essential in his oeuvre. The tribute program, with Peter von Bagh in attendance, will be part of IFFR’s main Signals section.With over fifty film titles under his belt, Peter von Bagh may still be the better ...

DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival focus

In January 2012, DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival brings fresh and topical documentary films from all over the world to the screens of Helsinki's cinemas.The selection of documentary films dealing with the present situation and the cultural issues of the Arab World sinks its teeth into the events of the Arab Spring and the changes in the Islamic culture. For example, Tahrir - Liberation Square (2011) follows the demonstrators for two weeks at the occupied Tahrir Square showing the...

Iron Sky Comic Is Out

Iron Sky Comic Is Out - Pay What You Like Or Read It For FreeThe first issue of the comic based on the Moon Nazi movie Iron Sky is free to read on the net, and the fans can pay what they like to support the film.October 5th 2011 - Helsinki/Finland -- The creators of the Finnish-German-Australian dark sci-fi comedy Iron Sky have released the first of the three issues of comics based on the film online. The prequel comic details the history of the Nazi Moonbase Schwartze Sonne on the far side of t...


Director: Csaba Bene Perlenberg.
A debt-ridden man takes advantage of his aging mothers Alzheimers to borrow money she doesn´t remember lending him. But how far is the man prepared to go before his conscience eats away at him? Who are we when the people we love the most, forget who we are?

“DigiTraining Plus: European Cinemas Experiencing New Technologies” in Helsinki and Tallinn

From the eighth edition of the course “DigiTraining Plus: European Cinemas Experiencing New Technologies” Helsinki and Tallinn, 29 June – 3 July 2011   Facts and figures: this is the menu on the morning of 30 June for the participants at DigiTraining Plus, now in progress in Helsinki.  “In 2004, when MEDIA Salles began offering these training courses, there were 30 digital screens in the whole of Europe. At the beginning of 2011 they had increased to 10,346. The new projec...

Kaunas International Film Festival launches cooperation with young film artists

  Kaunas International Film Festival has become the official representative of the European network of film associations NISI MASA in Lithuania. The membership of the Lithuanian festival in this project will open up wide opportunities of international projects and festivals not only for young film artists and critics, but also for film students and other players of the film industry. “NISI MASA is a European network that involves and gives access for youth to the film industry. N...

International Random Film Festival

The International Random Film Festival is the first film festival in the world which celebrates randomness in cinema. 25 films are selected each year to compete in the Official Selection. The festival is organized annually in a randomly selected location, on a random opening date. Awards are given out randomly.

The 3rd edition of IRFF will take place in the village of Anija, Estonia (population: 128). The festival will be opening on the 10th of March 2012. The location and date of the next edition of IRFF were selected at the end of the closing ceremony of our 2011 festival by using the "Random Article" Button on Wikipedia, and the "Random Number Generator" at


  PORTRAIT OF A MAN (Finland, 2010) by director Visa Koiso-Kanttila screened in competition at this year’s Thessaloniki Doc Fest to international audiences. It is a beautifully filmed story about the truth of one man’s search for new meaning in his life. While a true story, this has the feeling of a fiction film as it follows one main character and his personal search for truth. A Finnish man, Kalle Rissanen, is in now in his 40s. His father killed himself at the same age and r...

Kinofest - NYC showcasing Ukrainian film

— Kinofest NYC is pleased to announce the dates of its 2011 film festival, which will take place in New York City from Wednesday, March 16th to Sunday, March 20th, 2011. This is the second annual Kinofest NYC festival. It has grown this year from one to two locations and expanded the number of screening sessions from six to twelve. The screening venues are two East Village landmarks: The Ukrainian Museum, which is sponsoring eight of the film screenings, and the Millennium Film Workshop.2011 P...

Japanese anime film Summer Wars wins 3rd Finnkino Prize

The winner of the third Finnkino Prize, Japanese anime film Summer Wars, will get its theatrical release in Helsinki on Friday the 25th of February."Besides being family-friendly entertainment, Summer Wars is an incisive commentary on the ongoing transition from the grandmother's analog world of handwritten cards and letters to her heirs realm of digital devices, in which the human touch is attenuated ? or nonexistent. Will we succumb to our gadgets and machines? The film's "wars" are no fiction...

DocPoint - Helsinki Documentary Film Festival wrapped with over 30,000 festival-goers

The 10th DocPoint - Helsinki Documentary Film Festival closed on Sunday with its films and events drawing over 30,000 festival-goers, of which over 24,000 in the cinemas alone. The total of the screenings was 137 and films 148. DocPoint Tallinn, which was organized for the second time, attracted over 3 000 visitors. What attracted the visitors of DocPoint Helsinki most were e.g. international bestsellers like Banksy's Exit Through the Gift Shop and Charles Ferguson's Inside Job. The silen...

DocPoint celebrates its 10th anniversary with classics and interesting newcomers

  10th DocPoint - Helsinki Documentary Film Festival takes place in January, from the 25th to 30th 2011.  To celebrate the 10th anniversary, DocPoint presents a series of 10 Finnish Documentary Classics besides new Finnish documentaries and international winners and bestsellers.   One of the new Finnish films is Mantas Kvedaravicius's debut film Barzakh, produced by Aki Kaurismäki. The film is about a Chechen city where a man disappears after the war. As daily life goes on,...

Focus On Finland In Tallinn

  A narrow body of water separates Estonia and Finland and the two cultures have been intertwined for centuries. This special relationship is again being played out with the Focus On Finnish Cinema program at POFF, the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, which continues through the weekend in the capital city of Estonia. The effort is supported by the Finnish Film Foundation, the Soome Instituut and the Embassy of Finland in Tallinn. The program is a mix of contemporary and classi...

Student Etudes Competition line-up

Student Etudes Competition presents etudes selected from among 360 films submissions sent by film schools and students from all over the world. The competitive films will be judged by an international Jury comprised of the recognized personages of film industry: Joel Schumacher (Jury Chairman) - director, writer, producer, Flatliners, Falling Down, The Client, Batman Forever, The Number 23 Andrzej Bartkowiak - cinematographer, director, The Verdict, Falling Down, Leathal Weapon, ...


INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION The Jury: Antonia Bird, director (UK) – Chairwoman, Francois DaSilva, producer (France), Mike Downey, producer (UK), Andrzej Jakimowski, director/producer (Poland), Wolfram Skowronnek-Schaer, consultant/sales agent (Germany) gave the following awards: Warsaw Grand Prix, funded by the City of Warsaw: INCENDIES (Canada / France), dir. Denis Villeneuve; A rich, complicated story about sectarian hatred and family bonds that cannot be broken, a devastat...

Helsinki Fest director honoured with the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres

The director of the Helsinki International Film Festival ? Love & Anarchy, Mr. Pekka Lanerva, has been honoured with the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.The long time festival director, and one of its founding members, Mr. Pekka Lanerva, has been honoured with the much appreciated Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.The Ordre des Arts et des Lettres was established in 1957 by the French Minister of Culture. Its purpose is the recognition of significant contributions to the arts, literature, or the prop...