About the Organization

DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival takes place annually in January in Helsinki, Finland and in Tallinn, Estonia. In 2017 DocPoint will be organised 16th time.

In addition to DocPoint festival, DocPoint-elokuvatapahtumat ry 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 15th DocPoint took place on 25th – 31st Jan 2016. Over 30 000 visitors participated in the festival screenings and side events.

The next edition of DocPoint takes place in Helsinki and Tallinn on 23rd – 29th Jan 2017.

Board or the association

The board of the association includes a chairman and six members + one debuty member.  The chairman and the board is chosen at the annual meeting. The chairman is chosen for the period of three years and the six actual members are chosen for the period of three years. The debuty member will be chosen annually. The chairman is able to run for two terms, and the member of the board only one term at the time.  In 2015-2016 accounting period, the

DocPoint board members are (1st April 2016 – 31st March 2017)

  • John Webster, chairman
  • Laura Aalto, member
  • Kai Huotari, member
  • Iiris Härmä, member
  • Mina Laamo, member
  • Petri Luukkainen, member
  • Timo Korhonen, member
  • Miia Haavisto, debuty

Festival Management

The festival is run by an Executive Director and an Artistic Director. The Executive Director is Ulla Bergström, who is responsible of the organisation, financial management and the human resources. The Artistic Director is Iris Olsson. She is responsible of the programming and the contents of the festival.

Artistic Directors of DocPoint:

  • Iris Olsson, 2017 –
  • Ulla Simonen, 2014 – 2016
  • 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, 8/2012 –
  • Leena Närekangas, 7/2009-7/2012
  • Jari Matala, 5/2007-4/2009
  • Kai Huotari, 4/2003-6/2006