This year, the festival’s print magazine will be replaced with an online release titled the Festival Magazine, published on the festival website. Through interviews with filmmakers and other stories, the magazine will shed light on the festival programme and the process of organising the festival. Stories will be published at regular intervals starting on Dec 1, 2020.
Finnish Competition DocPoint’s Finnish Competition winner is John Webster’s film DONNER – PRIVATE. The jury’s statement: “A unique portrait with outstanding use of archive material and a carefully structured pace, constructing and deconstructing its protagonist, using interviews, private photographs and memories of close companions all beautifully edited, managing to bring us close to a person […]
“Are you insane?”, the producer asked, when Gianfranco Rosi decided to leave his camera behind and head towards the previously ISIS-held regions to do months-long background research for his newest film Notturno. The famed director reveals his trade secrets in a Q&A interview with DocPoint film festival. “Won’t you at least take a small camera? […]
This year’s Aho & Soldan Lifetime Achievement Award goes to film editor Tuuli Kuittinen. The Aho & Soldan Lifetime Achievement Award has been granted since the first DocPoint festival in 2002 for significant efforts in developing creative Finnish documentary filmmaking, as well as a long and outstanding career as a documentary film director. Documentary film […]
An interview with director Anna Antsalo, whose documentary about beachcombers, Walk the Tideline, is DocPoint’s opening film. Who or what is a beachcomber? I believe that anyone who enjoys spending time on beaches, scouring through the little nooks for objects and life, is a beachcomber. These beach sweepers explore the shore and know to look […]
Kati Juurus, the artistic director of DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival, introduces the programme of the 20th edition of one of the biggest documentary film festivals in the Nordics. While the world’s been halted and we’ve retreated into quarantine, I’ve been walking by ocean shores as a guest of the Caiçara community (No Kings). […]
DocPoint’s Artistic Director Kati Juurus opened up a few weeks ago about her feelings on building a festival in the times of Corona. Her musings were published in the Festival Magazine under the name Hybrid Optimism. The current situation however affects each and every one of the festival team, both in the work to be […]
As I write this, all cinemas in Helsinki’s metropolitan area have been closed – just as I was close to finishing DocPoint’s festival programme, with only a few final touches to go. Despite these terrible times, I feel oddly – or perhaps unrealistically – optimistic: the new Corona regulations will push infection rates down so […]