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Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy is the biggest and the most versatile film event in Finland. Every September, film lovers come to us for the bravest, newest and the most talked about films from all over the world. The 33rd HIFF – Love & Anarchy festival will be held 17.-27.9.2020. We’re now looking for a Communications Assistant for the festival’s industry event Finnish Film Affair.  We encourage people of all genders, gender-identities and different minorities to apply for the positions regardless of their ethnic background, religion, disability or age. Closing date for applications is 15 May.


Organised during Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy, Finnish Film Affair is Finland’s biggest film industry event and an international showcase for upcoming Finnish films. The three-day event attracts around 400 film industry professionals (sales agents, distributors, producers, festival programmers and press) from around the world each year. The 9th Finnish Film Affair will take place in Helsinki and virtually this 23-25 September.

Do you have native-level English language skills and a passion for digital communications and Finnish films? We are looking for a creative, motivated student or recent graduate to work as our Communications Assistant in a two-month paid internship opportunity.

The role consists of assisting in communications and marketing for the Finnish Film Affair. The intern will participate, amongst other tasks, in the editing and proofreading of our programme guide, updating our social media channels, copywriting newsletters and press releases, arranging accreditation procedures and events, and updating our website.

We are looking for someone who has experience and / or studies in similar tasks, a positive, solution-oriented attitude, and excellent teamwork and communications skills. In return, we can offer you a unique opportunity to learn about international film industry and cultural export sector in Finland, to gain new skills and an inspiring team to work with. As our communications are mainly done in English, excellent, native-level command of English is necessary and we will also consider applicants who don’t speak any Finnish.

This is a paid internship opportunity for two months between 3.8.-2.10.2020 and aimed for students or recent graduates looking to get their first job in film. The pay is the minimum wage defined by Kela (1236 euros / month). Please let us know if you have the option for an internship subsidy/funding from your school: in this case we hope the internship could be extended by an additional month to 3 months (between July – October 2020). Please note that our office is based in Helsinki and you will need to have the right to work in Finland.

Please send a motivation letter alongside your CV (both in English) to Finnish Film Affair Producer Maria Pirkkalainen (maria@hiff.fi) by Friday 15 May 2020.
We’ll contact successful applicants directly. The interviews will be held remotely between 18-28 May.

About us
Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy Association is a pioneer of film culture with a mission to celebrate the art of film and make the world a better place with love and anarchy. We bring the most ambitious, intriguing, bravest and striking new films from across the globe to audiences in the capital region and the whole country, from young children to hardened professionals. We want to evoke and provide a platform for conversations on current issues related to society and humanity. The central values of our work are bravery, empowerment, multiculturalism, transparency and empathy. Environmentalism is at the core of our work. Societal, sexual and gender equality is at the heart of our association and we are committed to working towards promoting these values in our programme, events as well as in our ways of working.
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