The Finnish Film Affair is Finland’s main film industry event and an initiative of Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy. It’s an international showcase for Finnish films; a networking platform for attending industry professionals from Finland and internationally; and offers each year a topical and engaging program of industry panels and sessions. The Finnish Film Affair takes place every September in a welcoming and laid back but highly efficient and professional setting.

The 8th Finnish Film Affair took place 17-19 September 2019.


TUESDAY 17 September

9:30-11:30 Marketing & PR Session (Open for all film & TV producers, organized by Audiovisual Producers – APFI) at Leipätehdas, Kaikukatu 4 B, Caisa Auditorium. More information & sign up.

16:00-17:30 Let’s Talk About Festival Strategy at Kino Engel, by Jana Wolff, Head of Marketing & Advertising at European Film Market, Berlinale

18:30-20:30 Opening Screening at Savoy, in partnership with the City of Helsinki

21:00-23.00 Opening Party of the Finnish Film Affair for international and domestic accredited guests at Finlandia Hall, in partnership with the City of Helsinki. Invitation only.

WEDNESDAY 18 September

08:45-15:30 Works in Progress and Development showcase at Kinopalatsi 2 

08:45-09:15 Registration at Hotel Radisson Blu Plaza (for both international and domestic guests)

09:15-10:00 Welcoming words and introductions

10:00-11:30 Works in Progress showcase (with a coffee break, hosted by Creative Europe MEDIA Desk Finland)

11:45-12:45 Networking lunch at Hotel Radisson Blu Plaza (Restaurant Pääkonttori)

13:00-13:45 Works in Development showcase

13:45-15:00 Documentaries in Progress and Development

15:00-15:30 The Best of Finnish TV Right Now, presented by Audiovisual Producers Finland

15:15-15:30 Moving to Hotel Radisson Blu Plaza for 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 only for Works in Progress and Development filmmakers and organised by Marta Balaga, the FFA Matchmaker.

18:00-23:00 Sauna Dinner at Löyly, co-hosted with Film Tampere and Audiovisual Producers Finland

19:15 Opening Words

19:30 Announcing the winner of the Best Project Award (3000€), kindly sponsored by the Finnish Film Foundation

A light dinner buffet and drinks are served. Bring your own bathing suit!

NOTE:  BY INVITATION ONLY (attendance to the Sauna Dinner is limited to international delegates and invited Finnish guests)

THURSDAY 19 September

All panels will take place at G Livelab

10:00-11:30 Panel: Contracts & Rights SOS, moderated by Gudrun Giddings

11:45-13:00 Panel: Sustainability in Filmmaking, moderated by Anni Wessman / APFI

13:15-14:15  Networking lunch at Restaurant Pihka Kasarmi

14:30-16:00 Panel: Elevating Your Film with Music

FRIDAY 20.9.

10:00-15:00 Nordic Flair Sessions (invite only)

16:00 Masterclass by Nordic Flair recipient Lone Scherfig at Kino Regina. Free entry!