Information in Brief
The purpose of the North Karelian Regional Film Association is
to promote film (audiovisual) culture, media upbringing and all
kinds of education that supports this in North Karelia. The aim
is to improve general opportunities to work within the film scene
in the province. The purpose of the Association is not to make
In order to fulfil its aims the Association:
- organises film events, discussions and educational events
- supports research, informing and publishing related to film
- makes initiatives to different authorities
- cooperates with local schools, institutes and the university
- cooperates with other organisations in Finland and abroad
- creates contacts between different organisations and also works
as a link between them
Measured by audience, film is the most popular form of art in
The Association maintains and develops film culture.
Locally we work to increase schools’ activity to take pupils
to see films as a part of media education (Koulukino-project that
is funded by the Ministry of Education). We also support the education
of multiculturalism and tolerance in the primary schools of North
Karelia, as well as arrange and develop media camps for the youth.
As North Karelia is located near the Russian border and Russian
Karelia, it is natural that we cooperate with the Republic of
Karelia both the ministerial and the grass root level. Examples
are amateur video festival in Petrozavodsk and films of Joensuu
film makers in Joensuu Day. Also the third Festival of Visual
Culture was held in Petrozavodsk from September 25th to 28th in
2003 together with Karelkinoprokat.
The Association is also coordinating a documentary film and documentation
project about Fenno-Americans in Russian Karelia in the 1930s.
The project is done with several Karelian and Finnish partners.
Our task is also to organise different events that are linked
to different themes, such as Kalevala Day.
The Festival of Visual Culture (www.viscult.net)
has also been a success. The first two years this international
festival of ethnographic, anthropologic and documentary films
was held in Joensuu and was well-received among the acknowledged
professionals of the genres. The technical support of Joensuu
Science Park has enabled to stream most films and lectures live
in the Internet.
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NORTH KARELIAN REGIONAL FILM ASSOCIATION
North Karelian Regional Film Association was founded 2004 and it is NGO (Non Governmental Organisation ).
The Association has local, national and international Networks.
It is one of 12 Film Centers in Finland and it is supported by Ministry of Education of Finland.
Association cooperates with Savon Kinot Ltd. This unique cooperation between ideological association and private business has worked exelent and the partners complete each others.
North Karelian Regional Film Association aims to reach by it´s events all age groups of the area. Also it provides services to special groups like immigrants, international students nad different minorities.
Association has a local network which inlcudes many of the faculties and administration of the Joensuu University, City of Joensuu, North Karelian Arts Council, The Regional Coun council of North Karelia, Noth Karelian University of Applied Sciences, East Finland Film Commission, most of the local Cultura Fonds, French, German and Russian Friendship organisations in Joensuu, consulats located in Joensuu, local enterprises, both professional and Amateur Film makers, different schools
The most important local partner is Savon Kinot Ltd who runs local Cinema Center. This unique cooperation between nonprofitable association and private enterprise works great and they different kind of film programs support each others and give more to local audience.
Nation wide our assocition works together with all organisation inside the Film branch; both governmental and private. Also many of embassies and Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Foreign Affairs belong to our Network. Film Centers like our association ( totally 12) have active cooperation year round
Internationally North Karelian Regional Film Association has also developed network: CVA (Commission on Visual Anthropology), Göttingen Film Festival, NAFA, Moscow State University / Centre of Visual Anthropology, Karelkinoprokat, Ministry of Culture of Republic of Karelia, City of Petrozavods, University of Manchester / Granada Media Centre, University of Tromsö / Visual Cultural Studies, New York State University, Temple University( USA), Beeld vor Beeld –festivaali( Alankomaat), Leiden University.
CAFFE ( Coordinating Anthoropological Film Festivals in Europe) www.anthropological-filmfestivals.eu/
CAFFE - Festivals
Last update: 10.05.2009