About the Organization

DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival takes place annually in January in Helsinki, Finland and in Tallinn, Estonia. In 2016 DocPoint is organised the 15th time. In addition to DocPoint festival, DocPoint-elokuvatapahtumat ry (DocPoint Film Events), also organizes the year-round, national documentary film event for children and youth DOKKINO and the monthly Doc Lounge Helsinki club.

Founded in 2001, DocPoint Helsinki is one of the largest documentary film festivals in the Nordic countries. In Finland, it is the only festival solely dedicated to documentary films. DocPoint expanded to Tallinn in 2010, which makes DocPoint the world’s only festival happening in two countries at the same time.

The aim of DocPoint is to give the people an opportunity to see some of the most talked-about documentary films of the past year. It is also a prestigious venue for Finnish documentary film. DocPoint’s New Finnish Documentary Films Selection includes annually some of the most anticipated premieres of the year.

In addition to film screenings, DocPoint includes also seminars, lectures, clubs and a Masterclass. A Documentary Film Event for Children and Youth called DOKKINO has also been an essential part of DocPoint since the beginning of the festival.

The 14th DocPoint took place on 27th Jan – 1st Feb 2015. Over 30 000 visitors participated in the festival screenings and side events. In total, 165 documentary works were shown and over 40 screenings were sold-out.

The next edition of DocPoint takes place in Helsinki and Tallinn on 26th –  31st Jan 2016.

Festival Board

The festival is run by a 7-member board. Its members are selected yearly. In 2014, the DocPoint board members are:

  • John Webster, chairman
  • Tiina Erkintalo
  • Mia Halme
  • Kai Huotari
  • Iiris Härmä
  • Elizabeth Marschan
  • Erik Söderblom
  • Iris Olsson

Festival Management

Artistic Directors of DocPoint:

  • Ulla Simonen, 2014 –
  • Erja Dammert, 2012-13
  • Erkko Lyytinen, 2009-11
  • Virpi Suutari, 2008
  • Kristina Schulgin, 2005-07
  • Arto Halonen, 2002-04

Executive Directors of DocPoint:

  • Ulla Bergström, 2013 –
  • Leena Närekangas, 2010-12
  • Jari Matala, 2007-09
  • Kai Huotari, 2002-06