18.30-20.30 Opening Screening: Post Punk Disorder by Jukka Kärkkäinen and J-P Passi at Savoy Theatre

20:00-23.00 Opening Party of the Finnish Film Affair for domestic and international accredited guests of the Finnish Film Affair at Restaurant Pääkonttori at Radisson Blu Plaza



The Finnish Film Affair screenings run throughout the day in festival theatres.

See the program in FFA Handbook or at and the full festival program at

09.30-18.00 Works in Progress -showcase at Kinopalatsi 2 and Hotel Radisson Blu Plaza

09.30-10.00 Registration (Finnish guests’ accreditation at Kinopalatsi, international delegates’ at the hotel)

10.00-10.15 Welcoming words by Jaana Puskala from Finnish Film Foundation

10.15-10.45 Who is who – presentation of participants of the day (international delegates and Finnish professionals)

11.00-12.15 First round of Works in Progress -projects (5 projects)

12.15-13.15 Networking lunch at Hotel Radisson Blu Plaza (Restaurant Pääkonttori)

13.15-14.30 Second round of Works in Progress -projects (5 projects)

14.45-15.15 Works in Development / Two-minute pitches (10 projects)

15.15-15.30 Moving to Hotel Radisson Blu Plaza and organizing meetings with the pitched projects

15.30-17.50 One-on-one meetings between pitched projects and international guests (10-20 min each) at Hotel Radisson Blu Plaza

NOTE! Meetings with international delegates in this slot are organized only for filmmakers with projects by Marta Balaga, the FFA Matchmaker.

18.00-23.00 Sauna Dinner at Löyly – Organized in collaboration with Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).

19:00 Opening Words by Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA)

19:15 Announcing the Works in Progress -winner

Food and drinks served. Bring your own bathing suit!

NOTE: BY INVITATION ONLY! (attendance limited to international delegates and invited Finnish participants)



The Finnish Film Affair screenings run throughout the day in festival theatres.

See the program in FFA Handbook or at and the full festival program at

09.00-10.00 25% Cash Rebate – Info session on the Finnish production incentive (Hotel Radisson Blu Plaza) Note: The main target audience of the info session is international producers. RSVP by Sept 15th.

10.00-11.30 Industry Panel 1: VOD rrom ABC to XYZ and Å too at G Live Lab

Opening words by Johanna Karppinen, CEO, Audiovisual Finland

Note: The main target audience of the panel is Finnish film professionals.

11:45-12.45 Networking lunch at Hotel Radisson Blu Plaza (Restaurant Pääkonttori)

13:00-14:30 Industry Panel 2: Being Repped at G Live Lab

17:00-18:30 Pilou Asbaek Award Ceremony and Interview (Gloria)


This programme is aimed at invited international guests of the Finnish Film Affair. Even though the Panel and the Wrap Up Party on Thursday are aimed mainly at Finnish industry professionals, international guests are welcome to attend if they are interested.

The screening schedule of the Finnish Film Affair will be published in September.

All films in the Finnish Film Affair programme have English subtitles.

The Panels and the Works in Progress -showcase will be conducted in English.

Changes in the program are possible.


Main venues:

Hotel Radisson Blu Plaza (Restaurant Pääkonttori): Mikonkatu 23

Kinopalatsi Cinema: Kaisaniemenkatu 2

Savoy Theatre: Kasarminkatu 46

Löyly: Hernesaarenranta


Additional info on the events:


Opening Party of the Finnish Film Affair

Tues 20.9. 20.00-23.00

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 21.9. 09.30-15:30, Kinopalatsi 2(around the corner from the hotel)

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 21 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 showcase event as observers. The meetings with buyer guests after the pitching session are reserved for the selected works in progress projects only.


Industry Panels: VOD / Agents and Managers

Thu 22.9. 09.30-11.00, and 13:00-15:00

This year’s edition of Finnish Film Affair will feature two expert industry panels that will pull back the curtain on the international media business and reveal the best opportunities for Finnish filmmakers. The first panel will present up-to-the-minute information from the most prominent streaming and VOD companies, including what they are looking for and how they like to work with producers and directors. The second panel will include internationally recognized agents and managers who will share step-by-step plans for how to work best with talent representatives. The panels are moderated by Adam Leipzig.



The Finnish Film Affair is an initiative of the Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy organized with partners such as Audiovisual Finland, the Finnish Film Foundation, Creative Europe / Media, the Central Organisation of Finnish Film Producers SEK, Tekes and with the support of the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture, and Finland Film Commission.