29th Helsinki International Film Festival
Love & Anarchy
September 15th–25th, 2016



Information about the festival

Founded in 1988, the Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy has been held annually ever since. The aim of Finland’s biggest film festival is to promote the artistry of filmmaking alongside inventive, controversial and visually stunning new films. The festival also seeks to screen films that would otherwise not be seen in Finnish theatres.

The festival programme consists of new films from well-known filmmakers and fresh talents alike. In its first few years the programme was heavily focused on Japanese and Hong Kong films. Since then, the programme has evolved; Asian films still play a part but films from all other continents feature too. The ideological godfathers of the festival aren’t too tough to pick out – Wong Kar-wai, Spike Lee, Peter Greenaway, Gaspar Noé, John Woo, David Cronenberg, Takeshi Kitano, Todd Solondz, Takashi Miike and Hayao Miyazaki are all names that pop up in the festival programme year and decade after another.

During its 25-year lifespan, the Helsinki International Film Festival has expanded from two theatres to 12 screens and established itself as an 11-day homage to cinema. In 1988 the festival screened 26 films. Nowadays the programme consists of around 180 feature films and 160 short films. The screenings take place in the fine theatres and traditional film sanctuaries of Helsinki. Last year’s (2014) festival had over 62 000 visitors.

Each year HIFF invites important filmmakers to speak about their work and meet both audiences and industry professionals. In past years the festival has had the honour of welcoming guests such as Danny Boyle, John Woo, Gaspar Noé, Tilda Swinton, Jan Kounen, Aleksandr Sokurov, Baz Luhrmann, Philip Ridley, Nicolas Winding Refn and Jacques Audiard.

Finland’s most widely observed film festival is organized by Helsinki International Film Festival ry. The chairman of the board is Mr. Pekka Lanerva.

HIFF info

The HIFF info is located in Kaisaniemenkatu 2, 00100 Helsinki.

The HIFF info centre is open from September 12th to 14th from noon to 6 pm and during the festival from 10 am to 9 pm.

Mobile Application

Download an event application called Eventmore to make your very own festival schedules. www.hiff.fi/app

Helsinki International Film Festival is organized with the support of the City of Helsinki and The Finnish Film Foundation.

Contact us:
Helsinki International Film Festival –
Love & Anarchy
NOTE: New address!
Office address:
Simonkatu 12 B 13,
00100 Helsinki

Tel.+358 (0)10 315 6100

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