13th DocPoint gathered 28,000 visitors

The 13th DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival closed on Sunday, its films and events drawing approximately 28,000 festival-goers, of which 26,000 in cinemas alone, including DOKKINO screenings.

 

 

 

 

This year's top moments were the Finnish premieres, the Nuclear Business main seminar and the ABBA-singalong screening. Both the festival's Opening Film Love & Engineering by Tonislav Hristov and Pixadores by Amir Escandari filled the 700-seated Bio Rex with documentary fans.

 

Also the very first singalong in DocPoint's history, Lasse Hallström's ABBA - The Movie from 1977, drew the cinema nearly full of viewers and bursted out many rounds of applauses during and after the film.

 

The sold-out screenings included Twin Sister (Mona Friis Bertheussen), Sacro GRA (Gianfranco Rosi), Master of the Universe (Marc Bauder), Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys (Jessica Oreck) and Forest of the Dancing Spirits (Linda Västrik) among others.

 

The popular Masterclass seminar hosted by the British filmmaker Kim Longinotto allured more than a hundred participants and garnered much praise from them. Also the industry funding, distribution and networking event, DocPoint Encounters, was a success with over a hundred participants.

 

Thank you all, and see you next year!

 

 

Photo by Pauli Haanpää