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HIFF ends this Sunday September 29th. The exceptionally wide programme included 180 full-length and over 160 short films from more than 50 countries. During the 11 days there were 470 screenings, and together with the additional events the festival attracted 58 000 visitors, which is more than ever in the festival’s history. HIFF wants to thank it’s superb audience, guests, volunteers and associates for the successful festival!

The festival’s most popular films included sold out LA VIE D’ADÈLE: CHAPITRES 1 et 2 by Abdellatif Kechiche, Noah Baumbach’s FRANCES HA and Wong Kar-wai’s THE GRANDMASTER. An obvious audience favourite was Joshua Oppenheimer’s acclaimed documentary THE ACT OF KILLING – DIRECTOR’S CUT, which had two extra screenings in addition to the three screenings originally set in the festival programme.

The Finnish Film Week almost doubled its number of visitors

The strong year in Finnish film was also reflected in the HIFF programme. The Finnish Film Week turned out to be a success, including screenings of domestic premieres and Finnish films released this year. The screenings attracted almost twice as many visitors as last year, altogether over 4000 viewers. The most popular films of The Finnish Film Week were HEART OF A LION by Dome Karukoski and Pirjo Honkasalo’s CONCRETE NIGHT.

HIFF’s industry event attracted foreign film professionals

This year’s HIFF was more international than ever before. The Finnish Film Affair, organized for film industry professionals for the second time, attracted about 240 domestic professionals, and around 60 foreign guests.

Recently completed as well as unfinished Finnish films were presented at the event. The guests included international sales companies, TV stations and distribution companies, as well as representatives from Tribeca, Palm Springs, Rotterdam, Locarno, and St. Petersburg Film Festivals. Foreign professional publications such as Screen International, Variety and The Hollywood Reporter were reporting from the event. Several negotiations on productions were started during the event, and sales results should be reported in the near future.

The next Love & Anarchy – Helsinki International Film Festival will take place on September 18th–28th 2014.

Photo by Anu Pynnönen