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Schedule for Finnish industry professionals 2015



20.00-23.00 Opening party of the Finnish Film Affair for domestic and international accredited guests of the Finnish Film Affair at Taidehalli. Live music by Phantom.

(advance registration required in connection with applying for accreditation)


09.30-18.00 Works in progress: Finnish Films in Development showcase at Kino K-13  

(pitching opportunity and meetings for selected projects only, for observers advance registration required)

 09.30-10.00 Registration & coffee

10.00-10.30 Welcoming words & an introduction to the Finnish film industry

10.30-11.15 Who is who - presentation of participants of the day

11.15-12.30 First round of pitchings (5 projects) 

12.30-13.30 Networking lunch

13.30-14.45 Second round of pitchings (5 projects) 

14.45-15.30 Presentation of projects in development (10 projects)

15.30-15.45 Organizing meetings with the pitched projects

15.45-17.50 One on one meetings between pitched projects and international guests (20 min each)


09.00-12.00 One on one meetings between pitched projects and international guests

09.30-12.00 Developing a film for the American marketplace panel at Andorra, Eerikinkatu 11
(New VENUE! Not at Hotel Simonkenttä)

Note: The main target audience of the panel is Finnish film professionals. Registration in accreditation form.

12.00-13.00 Networking lunch at Scandic Hotel Simonkenttä Registration by email.

17:00-18:30 Women in Film & Television Finland afternoon drinks 

At the HIFF info (Festival Lounge) in Lasipalatsi (Mannerheimintie 22–24). Presented together with Love & Anarchy – Helsinki International Film Festival and Finnish Film Affair. Sponsored by The Helsinki Distilling Company. 

Festival Clubs

Tue 22.9. 22:00-02:00 Radio Helsinki ja Teemu Keisteri proudly presents: Multiklubi ja One Man Multishow movie night! by Kovanen & Kunnas. RH DJ:t ja PEU megashow! Showtime klo 21 @ Dubrovnik. Free entrance with FFA accreditation.

Wed 23.9. 22.30-02.00 Estonian Party: live Elephants From Neptune@ Dubrovnik. Entry free of charge with the FFA accreditation.

Thu 24.9. 21.00-02.00 Wrap up Party of the Finnish Film Week. The Finnish Filmmakers' associations celebrate the closure of the Finnish Film Week by awarding prizes to successful colleagues. NB. The language of the event is Finnish. Access with the Finnish Film Affair badge or by invitation only. Requires signing up by September 18th to

To participate in the Finnish Film Affair industry programme, you need to have the Finnish Film Affair accreditation. Applications can be sent online until September 10th. The price of accreditation is 30 € or 40 € (after August 31st).
If you would like to meet any of the international buyer guests or panelists (see separate guest list), you can contact the people directly or let the matchmaker know by emailing her ( and your request will be noted down. You can use the lobby of the Scandic Hotel Simonkenttä for the meetings.
The screening schedule of the Finnish Film Affair will be published in the beginning of September.
All films in the Finnish Film Affair programme are subtitled in English.
The panel and the works in progress showcase will be conducted in English.
Changes in the program are possible.

Main venues:
Hotel Scandic Simonkenttä: Simonkatu 9
Kinopalatsi Cinema: Kaisaniemenkatu 2
Bio Rex Cinema: Mannerheimintie 22-24
Kino K-13 of the The Finnish Film Foundation: Kanavakatu 12
Andorra & Dubrovnik: Eerikinkatu 11
Taidehalli (Kunsthalle Helsinki) Nervanderinkatu 3
Favex, Urho kekkosenkatu 2 C, 6 krs

Short descriptions of the events

Project Development Clinic
Tue 22.9. 14.00-16.30, Please note that the event is open only to selected projects and invited international experts.

Last year the Finnish Film Affair and Favex launched a new element in the industry programme, the Project Development Clinic. Domestic producers, directors and scriptwriters have a chance to get advice from international industry professionals on the development of their fiction feature film projects. The focus is on giving filmmakers tools in developing their project further from the point of view of international distribution. 

One of the main aims of the Clinic is to place more emphasis on the new emerging talent in the Finnish Film Affair industry programme. Therefore, all the selected projects are the director’s or producer's first or second films. All the 10 projects are majority-Finnish feature length fiction films in early stage of development.  

The industry professionals giving feedback in round tables will comprise of varying experts of the development phase - buyers, festival programmers and other professionals in distribution, financing, marketing and packaging. 

Opening party of the Finnish Film Affair 

Tues 22.9. 20.00-22.00, Taidehalli (Kunsthalle Helsinki) Nervanderinkatu 3
The opening party kicks off the industry event and creates an opportunity for Finns and international guests to get to know to each other in a casual atmosphere. The event is open to everyone with a Finnish Film Affair accreditation.

Works in progress: Finnish Films in Development

Wed 23.9.  09.30-18.00, Kino K-13 of the The Finnish Film Foundation, Kanavakatu 12

The works in progress showcase presents a selection of some of the most exciting upcoming Finnish productions to international sales agents, distributors, buyers, festival programmers and representatives of industry press. The showcase will highlight a selection of 20 titles pitched by the filmmakers. The day is moderated by Sweden based film journalist of Finnish origin, Andrea Reuter. Finnish film professionals with a Finnish Film Affair accreditation can attend the pitching as observers. The meetings with buyer guests after the pitching session are reserved for the selected works in progress projects only. 

Developing a film for the American marketplace -panel
Thu 24.9. 09.30-12.00, Auditorium Mansku, Hotel Scandic Simonkenttä: Simonkatu 9

The topic of this year’s industry panel at the Finnish Film Affair is the significance of the development phase from the point of view marketing and sales for the American markets. A panel of international experts will weigh in on development, packaging, marketing, distribution and sales. Noted industry consultant will moderate the panel.

The panellists will focus on the critical factors of the development phase that impact the sales and distribution potential of a film in the American marketplace. A couple of international case studies will be presented. 


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