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DOCPOINT: Artistic Director Kati Juurus on the challenges, trends, and the 2022 DocPoint experience.

The 21st DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival is currently on from 31 January – 6 February 2022 in Helsinki, Finland.

Founded in 2001, DocPoint is one of the largest documentary festivals in the Nordic countries. In Finland, it is the only festival solely dedicated to documentary films. Once a year it brings more than a hundred of the best and most talked-about creative documentary films from all over the world and Finland to the screens of Helsinki.

Modern Times Review spoke with DocPoint Artistic Director Kati Juurus on the challenges, trends, and the 2022 DocPoint experience.

PC: Tanja Ryhanen

After nearly 2 years of pandemic-affected event organizing, what did you continue to find difficult in setting up the 2022 event? What did you learn from 2020/2021 to implement this year? Overall, how will you present the 2022 version of DocPoint Helsinki to the public?
To be honest, it’s wonderfully liberating to be planning the 2022 event: a hybrid with more emphasis on the physical festival and hopefully not too many worries about the pandemic, as the vaccination figures are steadily rising in Finland.

With our 2020 edition, we just managed to escape covid-19, which started to spread about a month after the festival – and had our all-time biggest success when it comes to audience attendance. The 2021 festival was a great challenge – we were preparing for a hybrid event but had to go completely online at the very last minute. Under the circumstances, the festival was a fair success, and of course, we learned a lot. Now that we’re busy preparing for our 21st edition, we’re trying to put those lessons into practice.

We will present a hybrid version with all films screened in cinemas and a smaller . . .

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