DocPoint festival kicks off today with its 20-year celebrations!

The national online festival’s programme includes Oscar-nominees and other incredible documentaries from Finland and further.

Presenting it’s 20-year anniversary, DocPoint – Helsinki’s Documentary Film Festival starts today. Organised this year as an national online festival, DocPoint’s opening film is Anna Antsalo’s newest documentary WALK THE TIDELINE, which follows the intriguing story of beachcombers who scour shores for treasures from the sea. In total, there are over 70 of the most recent and enticing documentary films from around the world available to watch during the festival’s bigger than ever 10-day run. Viewing rights to film screenings can be purchased on the festival’s own pages at docpointfestival.fi/en. The films can be watched anywhere in Finland, all you need is a device that connects to the internet. Films are geo-blocked for Finland but Q&A’s and panel discussions will be accessible from everywhere.

FAN FAVOURITE AND OSCAR NOMINEES

Poised to be festival favourites, are the Berlin-beloved GUNDA, directed by Viktor Kossakovsky, and the new documentary NOTTURNO, hailing from one of Europe’s most successful current directors, Gianfranco Rosi, and nominated as Italy’s Oscar entry. Other Oscar nominees rounding out DocPoin’s programme include THE LETTER (Maia Lekow, Christopher King) and ONCE UPON A TIME IN VENEZUELA (Anabel Rodríguez Ríos). Competition entries shining the spotlight on Finnish filmmaking include EATNAMEMAMET – OUR SILENT STRUGGLE (Suvi West), DONNER  –  PRIVATE (John Webster), PEOPLE WE COME ACROSS (Mia Halme), SOLITAIRE DANCE (Antti Lempiäinen), SCHOOL OF HOPE (Mohamed El Aboudi) and FUTURE REMAINS (Anna-Karin Grönroos). Get to know the full festival programme here.

COMPETITION SERIES AND OTHER AWARDS

As new additions to the festival this year, DocPoint has launched a national and international competition series, the winners of which will each receive the DocPoint-Yle 5 000 euro award. The traditional Aho & Soldan Lifetime Achievement Award is presented this year to film editor Tuuli Kuittinen. Audience members of the festival will also have a chance to cast their vote for the best feature-length Finnish documentary in the festival programme. The audience’s favourite film will be awarded an 1000 euro award, funded by the Finnish Documentary Guild. All winners will be announced and awarded at DocPoint’s awards ceremony, held without an audience, on Saturday 6.2.

ONLINE EVENTS THAT DIG INTO TIMELY TOPICS

Complementing its film selection, Docpoint also offers online events which dive deeper into ideas presented in the festival films. In a series of webinars and a seminar, which are free and open to all, participants with relevant experience share their insights on the webinar topics which have each been inspired by DocPoint’s programme. The webinar topics include the Baltic Sea, Africa, Sámi matters, as well as the storytelling aspect of documentary films. The festival website also offers filmed interviews with each director of the competition series films, and an interview with Gianfranco Rosi. Get to know the festival’s online events here. You can find the director interviews here.

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

The DocPoint team wishes you an exciting festival experience!

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