DocPoint Competition Series Brimming With Fresh Documentaries 

In addition to the DocPoint-Yle awards presented to the competition series winners, DocPoint will also present the Aho & Soldan Life Achievement Award, which this year is awarded to film editor Tuuli Kuittinen. Both Kuittinen and the competition series winners will be presented with their awards at DocPoint’s Awards Ceremony held on Saturday the 6th of February, which will also be recorded.

In honour of its 20-year anniversary, DocPoint will launch new competition series for both national and international films. Seven national and eleven international films are in the running for the DocPoint-Yle awards which are worth 5000 euros.  The DocPoint-Yle awards are funded by Yle.

We wanted the international competition to represent a variety of countries from around the world. It’s a thrilling thing that so many of the films are also directorial debuts”, says Juurus. “I hope that the nominations, and certainly the winner, of the national series bring some visibility on Finnish premieres, both in Finland and abroad.

THE NATIONAL COMPETITION SERIES includes John Webster’s Donner– Privat, Suvi West’s Eatnameamet – Our Silent Struggle,Anna Antsalo’s Walk the Tideline, Mia Halme’s People We Come Across, Antti Lempiäinen’s Solitaire Dance, Mohamed El Aboudi’s School of Hope, and Anna-Karin Grönroos’s Future Remains. The winner of the series will be picked by Yle Teema’s Head of Development Marika Kecskemeti, Autlook Filmsales’s Stephanie Fuchs, and Raul Niño Zambrano, the Senior Programmer at International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). Take a closer look at the films here.

THE INTERNATIONAL FILM SERIES consists of Romanian Radu Ciorniciuc’s directorial debut Acasa, My Home, Iranian Amin Behroozzadeh’s Fish Eye, the Syrian duo Amel Alzakout and Khaled Abdulwahed’s Purple Sea, Brazilian Emilia Mello’s directorial debut No Kings, Portugese Catarina Vasconcelos’s first feature-length film The Metamorphosis of Birds, German Eléonore Weber’s There Will Be No More Night, Ukranian Iryna Tsilyk’s wartime film The Earth Is Blue as an Orange, Italian Michele Pennetta’s Canne-premiered Il Mio Corpo, Iranian Firouzeh Khosrovani’s IDFA-awarded Radiograph of a Family, Central African Elvis Sabin Ngaïbino’s Makongo, and Chilean Francisco Bermejo’s The Other One. The series winner will be chosen by FIPADOC’s Managing and Artistic Director Christine Camdessus, Afridocs’ and STEPS’s Executive Director Don Edkins, and film director Elina Talvensaari (Lady Time, How to Pick Berries). Discover more on the nominated films here.

THE AHO & SOLDAN LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD is presented this year to film editor Tuuli Kuittinen. Known as a skilled and instinctive editor, Kuittinen has amassed an impressive resume. She has been nominated twice for Jussi-Awards in the Best Film Editing category, and has amassed over one hundred edited films in her career, both fictional and documentary.

The Aho & Soldan Lifetime Achievement Award for Finnish documentary artists was first presented in 2002. The criteria for the award is a significant cinematic contribution that has advanced creative documentary film in Finland. The recipient must also have a lengthy and remarkable life’s work with documentary film under their belt. Previous winners of the Aho & Soldan award include Mika Kaurismäki (2018), Kiti Luostarinen (2010), Peter von Bagh (2005) and Pirjo Honkasalo (2004).

THE NATIONAL ONLINE FESTIVAL DOCPOINT offers the most current and engaging documentaries from both Finland and abroad. Tickets for online screenings are bought through Festhome’s website, DocPoint festival’s online platform. You can find a Festhome link through every film’s page on DocPoint’s programme pages here or directly at Festhome. 

The entire programme and more information at: docpointfestival.fi/en. Films are geo-blocked for Finland but Q&A’s and panel discussions will be accessible from everywhere.

The entire programme and more information at docpointfestival.fi/en