Call for projects

The 12th Finnish Film Affair will take place in Helsinki from 20th until the 22nd of September 2023. We invite fiction and documentary projects both in development and production to apply now through our open call. This year we accept applications from projects where Finland is either majority or minority co-production country. Priority will be given for projects where another Nordic country is the majority producer, but we encourage all eligible projects to apply.

Pitchers receive access to the industry event, curated meetings via our matchmaker, as well as pitch coaching. Whether you are an experienced pro in the international markets, or presenting your project for the very first time, we take your needs into consideration. Finnish Film Affair is an excellent and esteemed addition to your project’s international strategy, providing an extra boost in a variety of steps, from releasing your project for the first time, to reinforcing your industry contacts. For projects where Finland isn’t the majority production country, we also offer pitchers arriving from outside Finland hotel accommodation during our event dates.

A jury of international film industry professionals will make the selection in June 2023. In addition to the Head of FFA, the fiction jury members are Heidi Zwicker (Sundance Film Festival), Sergio Fant (Berlinale) and Eleonora Pesci (Curzon). The doc jury members are consultant & curator Sirkka Möller, Grant Keir (Faction North) and Andrea Kuhn (Nürnberg International Human Rights Film Festival). The main selection criteria is international potential and an assessment of the project’s (financial) feasibility.

Please note that our Nordic Selection programme, which highlights projects with a first or second feature director from the Nordic countries and doesn’t require a Finnish production company on-board, is invite-only. If you’d like to hear more about this, please contact Head of Finnish Film Affair Maria Pirkkalainen at

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Ahead of filling the application form, please have these attachments ready:

• An estimated, top line financing plan, where you clarify which financing you already have in place and what you are planning on applying for.
• A 4-minute pitch video in English (YouTube or Vimeo link preferably)
• If you apply for Fiction in Progress or Documentaries, please also send a link to a material clip (max 8 minutes)

Please also read through the project application guidelines: Call For Projects_ Instructions (updated 270323) (in English).

The deadline for applications is Monday 29 May 2023.