...that you will not enter the auditorium in the middle of screenings. Also, laptops and mobile phones should not be used during the screenings, because the light is disturbing to others. If you need to take notes, please use pen and paper. Thank you!


The Viscult film festival takes place in Auditorium AU100 in the Aurora Building (B entrance) of the University of Eastern Finland, Yliopistokatu 2, Joensuu.


We recommend to use Joensuu Areena parking lot on the other side of Yliopistokatu.


Aura (in Aurora building) open Mon -Thu 7:45 - 19:00, Fri 7:45 -16:30. Lunch 10:30 - 14:00.

Carelia (in Carelia building) open Mon-Thu 8:30 - 17:00, Fri 8:30 - 16:00. Lunch 10:30 - 16:30.


Viscult Film Festival focuses on anthropological and ethnographic documentaries. The program consists of film screenings, student-focused workshops and plenary lecture. The events are free for all. Moreover, the majority of the films in the program will be streamed live as real-time Internet broadcasts.

Viscult is organized by the North Karelian Regional Film Association together with the University of Eastern Finland and Karelia University of Applied Sciences. Associated festival partners are the student associations Nefa-Joensuu and Muuvi.

Viscult expresses its deepest gratitude to the University of Eastern Finland for providing the venue for the festival.


The first international festival of ethnographic, anthropological and documentary film in Finland, the Festival of Visual Culture was founded in 2001. Through the years Viscult has been visited by many great filmmakers, visual anthropologists and lecturers.

The festival utilizes modern technology to bridge geographical obstacles. To our knowledge, Viscult was the first film festival in the world to stream all content – films and discussions alike – live on the Internet.

Viscult is a festival that thinks and works globally.