Wed Jan 28th – Thu Jan 29th 2015, Nordic Culture Point, Kaisaniemenkatu 9, 00170 Helsinki

DocPoint Encounters is organized as a part of the 14th DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival. The two-day seminar is aimed at professionals and students of the film industry, and at documentary film makers and producers. In the event we get to know the challenges and opportunities of domestic and international distribution, the Belgian way of producing, new films in the rough cut phase and international festivals. The seminar guests include Finnish and international top professionals of the film industry.

The event is free of charge but registering in advance is obligatory. The event has three parts to each of which registration needs to be done individually. Registration is done via http://docpoint.info/encounters-ilmoittautuminen. The registration is open between Jan 15th and Jan 23rd. The number of participants is limited and the seats will be filled in the order of registration. The contents of the seminar are in Finnish and in English.


Wednesday Jan 28th 2015

  • 12:00 AM–4:45 PM Three case studies about challenges of distribution

Thursday Jan 29th 2015

  • 9:30 AM–12:45 PM Twelve for the Future Rough Cut workshop
  • Lunch break
  • 14:30 PM–4:30 PM Meet the Festivals

Program in Detail


    Monsterman and the public image / 12:00 AM – 1:15 PM

    The day starts with a case study of the film Monsterman where the management of the public image of the film is discussed. The discussion is organized in collaboration with the Finnish Documentary Guild. Participating in the conversation will be Antti Haase (director of the film), Venla Hellstedt and Juho Vehmanen (bass player of the band PMMP). The conversation will be moderated by Tapio Riihimäki (executive director of the Documentary Guild). Monsterman can also be screened on the same day at 9 PM in Kinopalatsi 6. The discussion is in Finnish.

    The Belgians – How do they do it? / 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

    In the program of this year’s DocPoint festival there is a wide selection of Belgian documentaries that all are very cinematic. How do these documentaries come to life and what is their key to success? What kind of system is behind the production of Belgian documentary film or are the Belgians simply that much more talented?

    Mark Daems, the producer of 9999 and Elephant’s Dream, and the chair of Flanders Doc shares his views on the topic. The discussion will be held in English.

    My Stuff – A case study of an international theatrical release / 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM

    The film My Stuff had an exceptionally implemented theatrical release in Finland in 2012 and it has also been released internationally in theatres in five countries. In 2015 even more countries will be added to this list. How was this done?

    Petri Luukkainen, the director and producer of the film, will go through the domestic and international release of My Stuff together with the film’s sales agent Stefan Kloos. The discussion will be in English and it will be moderated by Elina Rislakki.


    In the workshop three documentary films in the rough cut phase will be presented to a panel that discusses the means of editing and developing the projects in question based on the emphasis requested by the filmmakers.  The workshop is realized in collaboration with the EDN – European Documentary Network. The films have been chosen from projects previously developed in the Twelve for the Future workshop. The films are Numbers of the Alphabet (dir. Alastair Cole), Daddy’s Girl (dir. Melisa Üneri) and My Sister 2 Spirited (dir. Suvi West).

    The workshop taking place in front of an audience refines films about to be completed and gives the projects an opportunity to test themselves in front of the audience and to face once again potential buyers and funders participating in the festival.

    The projects that will be discussed are:

    • Numbers of the Alphabet
      • Director / Producer: Alastair Cole
      • Executive Producer: Nick Higgins
    • Daddy’s Girl
      • Director: Melisa Üneri
      • Producer: Mika Ronkainen
    • My Sister 2 Spirited
      • Director: Suvi West
      • Producer: Janne Niskala
      • Editor: Erik Andersson

    The part will be moderated by Mikael Opstrup from EDN and the panelists are Niels Pagh Andersen, editor (Act of Killing, Look of Silence), Leena Pasanen, director (Dok Leipzig), Miia Haavisto, producer (Helsinki-filmi) and Stefan Kloos, sales agent (Rise and Shine). The discussion will be in English.


    In the third part a broad range of different festivals from around the world will be presented. Invited representatives from different kinds of festivals explain their emphases in their selection process and practices. The discussion will be in English.

    • Leena Pasanen, Leipzig International Documentary Festival, Germany
    • Dorothy Woodend, DOXA, Vancouver, Canada
    • Melissa Lindgren, Tempo, Stockholm, Sweden
    • Anne Delseth, Quinzaine, Cannes, France
    • Hana Kulhankova, One World Human Rights Film Festival, Prague, Czech Republic
    • Moderator: Sirkka Möller, curator & Selection Board Berlinale Panorama


The Collaborators of the DocPoint Encounters 2015 are: AVEK, European Documentary Network, Finnish Documentary Guild, Nordic Culture Point and The Finnish Film Foundation.