• Answer DocPoint’s 2021 Customer Survey!
    Help us develop the festival by answering DocPoint Film Festival’s 2021 Customer Survey! By answering the survey, you can win a serial ticket for six films to DocPoint 2022 Film Festival. Answering the survey takes about 5–10 minutes. The information submitted to the customer survey is used to develop the festival and as research material for a thesis made for Tampere University of Applied Sciences concerning online film festivals. You do not have to fill in your name to participate in […]
  • The National Online Festival DocPoint Exceeded Expectations
    The festival that ended on Sunday the 7th of February exceeded expectations. During the festival’s ten-day run, more than 7000 film tickets were sold, and online events captured the attention of approximately 17 000 fans. The most watched film of the festival was Mia Halme’s People We Come Across. The first DocPoint-Yle awards in DocPoint’s history were awarded to John Webster’s Donner – Private and Elvis Sabin Ngaïbino’s Makongo. Celebrating its 20-year anniversary, DocPoint – Helsinki […]
  • DocPicks for Sunday: Alone and together
    Alone and together-theme approaches painfully current topics on DocPoint’s final day. Reflecting on loneliness and the meanings of being together can be more relevant than ever in the middle of the quarantine year. Intimate documentary SOLITAIRE DANCE shows three views on the experience of loneliness and the mechanisms of surviving it. You can also watch the Q&A-interview with director Antti Lempiäinen. The Winner of the DocPoint 2021 Audience Award MARIKA’S PASSING looks at life when […]
  • The first ever DocPoint-Yle awards have been presented
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZm2iwaYbEc The winner of the national competition is John Webster’s Donner – Private, while the award for the international competition goes to Elvis Sabin Ngaïbino’s Makongo.  The winners were announced today in an awards ceremony that was held without an audience. At the ceremony, DocPoint announced Marika’s Passing by Peter Wallenius as the winner of the audience vote, alongside several other special mentions. The festival films are still available to watch […]
  • DocPicks: LGBTQ+ stories
    Daily DocPicks serves hot tips for 20-year-old DocPoint’s versatile programme. LGBTQ+ is a thematic close to DocPoint’s heart. The theme of Saturday at the festival is LGBTQ+. The films turn their gaze to the sexual minorities by depicting their everyday life challenges in Hungary and Mexico. HER MOTHERS intimately addresses the topic by reflecting a gay couple’s journey to motherhood in nationally conservative Hungary. The documentary directed by Asia Dér and Sári Haragonics follows the […]
  • DocPicks for Friday: Gazing at Men
    DocPoint’s Daily Picks help you navigate through the possibly overwhelming programme of the festival. On Friday, we turn our gaze to men and masculinity. What kind of portrayals of men can we find in the films included in the theme? John Webster’s new film DONNER – PRIVATE depicts the private life of Jörn Donner, who for many embodied the hegemonic masculinity of his time. The film is sold out at DocPoint, but it is available in Yle Areena. Giedre Žickytė’s THE JUMP tells the story of a […]
  • DocPicks for Thursday: How we look at Africa
    How to look at Africa? DocPoint’s theme for Thursday offers interesting perspectives on the huge and rapidly changing continent: music, communities, indigenous peoples and political realities. RUMBA RULES, NEW GENEALOGIES provides Kinshasa’s coolest parties, as the Brigade Sarbati Orchestra trains, dances, fights, fiddles, and plays so hard, you feel hot just watching it! Kenya’s Oscar entry THE LETTER details modern-day witch hunts, which are layered with superstitious folklore and traumas of […]
  • All festival tickets are now valid until Feb 7th!
    All festival tickets are now valid until Feb 7th! On our online Festhome platform, film tickets are usually valid for 24, 48, or 72 hours. DocPoint’s tickets have so far been activated from the moment the ticket is purchased. Due to audience feedback, we have decided that film tickets will be active for the rest of the festival duration! This will also apply to unused tickets purchased in the pre-sale, and in the first weekend of the festival. Please remember however, that the viewing […]
  • DocPicks for Wednesday: Human rights
    Today DocPoint delves into human rights issues. Anna Hildur’s juicy documentary A SONG CALLED HATE closely follows the anticapitalist BDSM performance art group Hatari representing Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel. Hildur’s documentary makes sharp points about protesting through art and artists’ responsibility to take a stand. A Syrian family is separated from each other in the heartfelt documentary REUNITED. The reuniting of a family of doctors is not easy in the midst of what […]
  • DocPicks for Tuesday: Relation of humans and environment
    The 20-year-old DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival will be organized online due to Covid-restrictions. The 71 films in the programme will be screened from Friday 29th Jan until Sunday 7th Feb at Festhome – and for the first time, everywhere in Finland! DocPoint’s Daily Picks will help you navigate through the possibly overwhelming programme of the festival. The fifth festival day centers on the relation of humans and environment. Mohamed El Aboudi’s SCHOOL OF HOPE follows a nomadic […]
  • Information on sold out screenings
    The festival fever is high and the first screenings have already sold out! We will try to get some additional tickets on sale soon. We will update the situation on a daily basis – please keep an eye on this page for further information.  […]
  • DocPicks for Monday: Black Lives Matter
    The 20-year-old DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival will be organized online due to Covid-restrictions. The 71 films in the programme will be screened from Friday 29th Jan until Sunday 7th Feb at Festhome – and for the first time, everywhere in Finland! DocPoint’s Daily Picks will help you navigate through the possibly overwhelming programme of the festival. February kicks off Black History Month – with DocPoint proud to support such an important cause. Monday’s theme is Black Lives […]
  • DocPicks for Sunday: Animal and Human Cohabitation
    The 20-year-old DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival will be organized online due to Covid-restrictions. The 71 films in the programme will be screened from Friday 29th Jan until Sunday 7th Feb at Festhome – and for the first time, everywhere in Finland! DocPoint’s Daily Picks will help you navigate through the possibly overwhelming programme of the festival. The first festival Sunday centers on animals, but the films under the theme also highlight the strained relationship humans have […]
  • DocPicks for Saturday: realities of indigenous peoples
    The 20-year-old DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival will be organized online due to Covid-restrictions. The 71 films in the programme will be screened from Friday 29th Jan until Sunday 7th Feb at Festhome – and for the first time, everywhere in Finland! DocPoint’s Daily Picks will help you navigate through the possibly overwhelming programme of the festival. The second festival day is dedicated to indigenous peoples. Through these unique films we get a glimpse of different realities […]
  • 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 […]
  • DocPicks for the opening day: Stories from the sea
    The 20-year-old DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival will be organized online due to Covid-restrictions. The 71 films in programme will be screened from Friday 29th Jan until Sunday 7th Feb at Festhome – and for the first time, everywhere in Finland! DocPoint’s Daily Picks will help navigate through the possibly overwhelming programme of the festival.   The Opening Film of the 20th DocPoint is Anna Antsalo’s  WALK THE TIDELINE. The film follows today’s beachcombers – […]
  • Get to know the themes for our festival days
    DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival presents 71 films available online in Finland from Friday the 29th Jan at 12:00 noon to Sunday th Feb at 23:59 (except for GUNDA which is only available for 48 hours from Sat 30th at 12:00 noon). Daily themes and topicshelp navigate through the programme presented at whole here. Friday 29.1. Theme: oceans and waters The opening day dives deep into the world of oceans and waters! Anna Antsalo’s opening film WALK THE TIDELINE follows […]
  • 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 […]
  • THE TICKET SALES HAVE BEGUN!
    Welcome to the online edition of the 20th DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival! The ticket sales have now begun. Tickets are available at Festhome. In order to purchase tickets, log in first. Step by step directions for buying tickets are available here.  You can find DocPoint’s programme here. Every film page will link directly to the online film’s screening page OR you can go directly to the online platform. The price for one ticket is 9 €. You can also buy access to all films by […]
  • Celebrating 20 years, DocPoint Releases its Online Events Programme
    Held as a national online festival, DocPoint offers thought-provoking webinars open to all, as well as a chance to participate in screenings of an interactive COVID-19-themed documentary alongside its diverse film catalogue. Celebrating its 20th anniversary in a national online edition, this year’s DocPoint festival also offers a compelling events programme, in addition to its slew of brand-new documentaries, which will dig deep into the pressing issues of today. In a series of webinars and a […]
  • DocPoint Releases its 20th Anniversary Programme
    DocPoint, Finland’s main hub for documentary films, celebrates its 20th anniversary online. Scandinavia’s coolest festival launches two competitions and highlights new films from Africa, among other themes. DocPoint  – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival will celebrate its 20th anniversary online on 29.1.–7.2.2021. The programme showcases 71 national and international films from 38 different production countries with a record-breaking 57% of the films directed by women. The formerly […]
  • DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival moves online for 2021
    The anniversary edition programme will be released on 14.1.2021. Tickets go on sale on 22.1. The 20th anniversary edition of DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival will be held as an online festival on 29.1–7.2.2021. The original plan was the hold the festival as a hybrid event, both in cinemas and online, however due to the Corona restrictions in Helsinki and Uusimaa, the festival will now be held entirely online. –In the face of the current pandemic and ongoing restrictions, we […]
  • Next year’s programme for the 20th anniversary edition of DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival will be released on Jan 14!
    After this year’s record-breaking audience numbers, the next edition of DocPoint will be held on 29.1.-7.2.2021 online only. In an amendment to previous dates, the programme in its entirety will be published a few days later on Thursday 14.1.2021. Take a look at the programme released so far here. […]
  • Cine concert South will whisk you away to Antarctica
    In February 2021, the contemporary music festival Musica nova, DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival, and the Savoy Theatre will come together in a one of a kind cine concert. The concert will feature experimental music pioneers Nik Void and Ilpo Väisänen. DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival, Musica Nova, and the Savoy Theatre will put on a cine concert on Sunday the 7th of February at the Savoy Theatre, which will transport the audience to the frosty shores of Antarctica, in […]
  • Participate in the making of the 20th DocPoint festival – our volunteer application form is now open!
    Join us in making DocPoint’s anniversary edition unforgettable! We are now seeking volunteers: ticket sellers, theatre staff supervisors, distribution team members, social media team members, as well as photographers and videographers are needed for our team. Find more information about volunteering and apply here. Image: Justus Mättö […]
  • A glimpse into DocPoint’s 20th anniversary edition’s programme
    After starting the year with record breaking visitor numbers, DocPoint, Helsinki’s documentary film festival is gearing up for its next edition on 29/1–7/2/2021, whilst strictly adhering to Corona safety regulations. The preparations for Finland’s one and only documentary festival’s anniversary edition are well underway. In addition to national and international competitions, new features include online screenings, which will enable viewers from all over Finland to take part and watch a film or […]
  • DocPoint Helsinki Documentary Film Festival launches two new competitions
    To celebrate its 20th edition, Finland’s premiere documentary film festival DocPoint is proud to announce the launching of two annual competitions at the 2021 festival early next year. The DocPoint Yle Award for Best International Documentary Film and DocPoint Yle Award for Best Finnish Documentary Film, each worth 5000 Euros, are funded by the national broadcaster Yle. Twelve feature length films included in DocPoint’s international selection will be nominated for the DocPoint Yle Award for […]
  • How to Look at Women DiscussionHow to Look at Women – see the discussion
    Benedetta Barzini, Anu Koivula, Inka Achté and Anu Silfverberg discuss about “How to look at women” at DocPoint Helsinki Documentary Film Festival Saturday 1 February, 2020. You can view the video here. […]
  • The CaveDocPoint breaks its record with the highest number of attendees of all time
    DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival, organised for the 19th time last week, set a new record: in seven days around 32 000 people attended the festival. The event ended on Sunday and its most watched film was KELET, directed by Susani Mahadura, which also won the Audience Award sponsored by Angel Films. The critic Nick Holdsworth handed the Critic’s Choice Award to the festival’s opening film LADY TIME. The Cave Around 230 screenings took place during the festival week with a total of […]
  • AetherDocPicks: Tips for Sunday
    DocPicks V Gems from all around the world for the last day of the festival The meditative film AETHER is a beautiful homage to the disappearing Kurdish region of South-East Turkey and its unique nature. The documentary is a collection of moments and images recorded by four cinematographers, that capture the cycle of life and the permanence of elements confronted to changes. The relationship between Edvin and Naomi, a young couple in their twenties documenting their own life, reminds of the last […]
  • Colombia-in-my-ArmsDocPicks for Friday and Saturday
    DocPicks V Premieres, Masterclass, discussions and party! Friday and Saturday are full of fascinating films and charismatic filmmakers. This Friday at the festival will be full of screenings, guest visits, and various events! Eva Mulvad will present her working methods to the audience in an open Masterclass in Kino Regina (1pm-4pm). After her lecture, her touching new film LOVE CHILD will be screened. The Finnish movie COLOMBIA IN MY ARMS is a brave overview of the explosive situation in […]