DocPoint Documentary Film Festival starts out Helsinki’s wonderfully diverse film festival year at the end of January. When the weather is cold and daylight hours only a distant memory, I love to curl into the back row of a film theater and get absorbed in true stories of people living around the world.
I’ve always thought that life can be stranger and more interesting than fiction, and this is the festival that proves it. 2016 DocPoint showed 170 films all together and the programme for 2017 should be online soon, so all you need to do is choose. I can always recommend picking a film to watch from the New Finnish Documentary Films series. Not “just” because the films are Finnish, but because during the last decade or so, documentary film has become a trend in Finland, even mainstream. At the same time the quality of the works has increased so much that Finland has even been internationally named the heaven of documentaries.
Films are shown in cinemas all around Helsinki. During the festival, ticket sales at the DocPoint box office at Savoy Theatre begin 1 hour before, and in other DocPoint screening venues half an hour before the days’ first screening. The box offices will stay open until the beginning of the last screening of the day of each theatre. You can also get your ticket online on the festival’s website.