How it all began
I think it was in March 2011 that I noticed an A4 notification on the school wall where a group was looking for people to participate in the organisation of a film festival.
I’m Nikita Gavrilenko, and I started studying cultural management in the adult education programme of Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in January 2011. Earlier I had studied Russian trade and international commerce, among other things, and in 2009 I graduated from the Metropolia Fashion and Clothing programme. Films have always been close to my heart; I believe in the healing power of moving pictures. In my studies, I will be concentrating on all things cinema, things like film festival organisation.
I remember vivdly the day I called Susanna and got an invitation for an interview at Kääntöpaikka. I was even more nervous than before a regular job interview. I thought this would be a great opportunity to build and develop a new concept for film festivals. My understanding was that the interview went well. The impression I got of Janne and Susanna was really good. They seemed democratic supervisors and were happy to listen to my ideas about the festival even though I wasn’t even officially on board. It all happened very quickly, because I heard back the same day: I was their newest team member. The pressure subsided and I couldn’t but smile. This was how I had the opportunity to work on my first film festival production. And to top it all off, I could practically pick from a list all the tasks I felt I was good at or where I thought I could offer the event something it lacked.
AFF Artova Film Festival 2011 – Nikita Gavrilenko
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