The six festival days included 120 short and feature length documentaries, and over 40 film screenings out of 200 were sold out. In addition to the film screenings, the audience found its way to the two Masterclasses held during the festival by documentarist Mark Cousins and winner of the Aho & Soldan Lifetime Achievement Award Anu Kuivalainen.
There was a tight competition for the title of the most-watched film in the festival between Maija Hirvonen’s Neurotypes and Ibrahim Nash’at’s Hollywoodgate. Eventually, the festival’s opening film and the winner of the Best National Documentary Neurotypes was also the most-watched film of DocPoint 2024 and the second most-watched was Hollywoodgate. The third place was taken by the film Total Trust by Jialing Zhang.
Other popular films were Riccardo Dejan Jurković’s and Leonhard Hofmann’s film Frank Meyer which was the most-watched documentary on the online platform of the festival, the free screening of Dingo ja levottomat tuhkimot arranged together with Yle. Among the most watched films were also director Taku Aoyagi’s Tokyo Uber Blues, about his work as an Uber Eats driver in pandemic-era Tokyo, and International Competition winner Yousef Srouji’s Three Promises, in which the filmmaker returns to the West Coast through home movies shot by his mother. Yousef Srouji was unable to accept his prize, but he sent his regards, and said he would dedicate his prize to the children of Gaza.
“DocPoint 2024 was able to increase its number of visitors in the film screenings compared to last year. This is a sign of the importance a film festival exclusively focused on documentary films has for both the audience and the filmmakers,” the executive director of DocPoint Johanna Råman states.
Some of the films in the DocPoint programme can still be seen at DocPoint Jatkot!
After the festival, few of the films can be seen in the culture centres of Helsinki and Vantaa during 6.-7.2. The DocPoint Jatkot are free film screenings of the national documentaries screened at the festival and the filmmakers are present at the screenings. This year the DocPoint Jatkot take place in Malmitalo, Kulttuuritalo Martinus and Vuotalo. The films screened at the Jatkot are Neurotypes by Maija Hirvonen, Nasrin’s Voice by Kaisa Rastimo and The Northern Star by Saara Cantell.
Image: Roberto Puentes