SUBMISSION OF FINNISH FILMS TO DOCPOINT FILM FESTIVAL 2023
Submissions are open only to films from Finland. International films are selected by invitation only.
Quick submission rules:
- Submissions are open 15.8.-30.10.2022
- Films in the Finnish Programme must have been completed on or after 10th of October 2021.
- Only Finnish premieres will be eligible for the Finnish programme. This doesn’t apply to student works.
- All films will be screened up to four times at the festival.
- The winner of the Finnish competition will be shown in an additional screening at the end of the festival.
SELECTIONS FOR THE FINNISH PROGRAMME AND COMPETITION
DocPoint – The Helsinki Documentary Film Festival selects the most significant and interesting Finnish documentary films for its national programme. Films of all lengths are eligible.
Films of 40 minutes and over will also be eligible for the Finnish competition. A jury consisting of Finnish and international experts will hand out the DocPoint-Yle Award to the best Finnish documentary film at the closing ceremony.
NEW FINNISH VISIONS -SELECTIONS FOR THE STUDENT PROGRAMME
Films for the ‘New Finnish Visions’ student section will be selected from films produced at Finnish film schools, and from films directed by Finnish students in film schools abroad. The selection committee will be appointed by the DocPoint board.
The festival screens only documentary films. The selection is based on the creative and cinematic approach of the films. Only Finnish premieres are eligible for the national programme. This does not apply to student films. Films selected for the national programme must be either produced at Finnish film schools or directed by Finns studying abroad.
The main country of production (production company) has to be Finland. The films may be co-produced by other countries. This does not apply to student films.
Films selected for the national programme can be any length and must have been finished on or after 10.10. 2021.
Re-submissions are not eligible.
A link to the completed film must be submitted during registration. The Head of Programming must be notified in case of submitting a work in progress.
It is the responsibility of the submitter to ensure that all required files are in working order.
DocPoint does not charge a submission fee.
DocPoint does not pay screening fees for films selected for the competition programme. Finnish films of 30 minutes and over playing outside of competition will be paid a flat screening fee of 250 euros. Films under 30 minutes will be paid a flat screening fee of 150 euros.
Student films, films produced in-house at broadcasters, films in the restrospective or other curated sections are not eligible for a screening fee.
The screening copies of selected films must have English subtitles (in cases where the film’s language is not Finnish or English). If the film’s language is not Finnish, we request a version subtitled also into Finnish whenever possible.
Films selected for the Finnish programme will be screened up to four times. Potential online screenings will be agreed upon separately.
The festival screens the selected films in DCP format. The submitter is responsible for the delivery of the DCP screening copy.
The festival is not obliged to consider films which have been submitted after the official submission period has closed.
The festival reserves all rights to the number of screenings, positioning films in the programme, as well as other event planning, within the rules stated above.
Submissions to DocPoint 2023 are open between 15.8 and 30.10.2022. A film can only be submitted by a person who is eligible to grant DocPoint the rights to screen the film at the festival and the accompanying market. The rights must include up to four screenings at cinemas and other venues appointed by the festival.
Additional screenings and online use will be agreed upon separately.
Films selected for the festival will be notified by 1.12. 2022.
Screening copies must be delivered by 4.1.2023
COMPETITIONS AND AWARDS
Films for the Finnish competition will be selected from submitted titles of 40 minutes and over. A jury consisting of Finnish and international experts will hand out the DocPoint-Yle Award to the best Finnish documentary film at the closing ceremony. The award is 5000 euros.
The DocPoint Yle Award for the best international documentary film is also 5000 euros.
Between 10 and 15 films in the international programme will be competing for this award.
A Finnish film of 40 minutes or over which gets the most audience votes will be granted a special mention.