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Artova Film Festival

Posted on January 29, 2011 at 22:54, by pigasus

Artova Film Festival (AFF) saw the light of day in the early spring last year. Yours truly and Janne Kareinen were having a small meeting about completely other matters and started to talk about the considerable number and good quality of student works done in the film schools of the area. One idea led to another, and the conversation gained more and more meaning, determination and ideas that begun to shape up practically by themselves. Read more

How it all began

Posted on April 20, 2011 at 22:46, by pigasus

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. Read more

Should you finish what you’ve started?

Posted on August 31, 2011 at 22:32, by pigasus

The AFF project started in 2010. The reception was good and there was a clear demand for a film festival, and so there was continuation this year, too. We are already making plans for the next year. The event has taken root quickly and I believe that people know to expect it every year… it would perhaps be downright irresponsible to abandon a process that has enjoyed such a good start.

This year the festival tasks have been divided to many different parties and participants. Pieces have been cut out that correspond to the motives and strengths of each of those involved. We have been thinking about what kind of tasks would benefit doers the most, and what parts of the festival production are such that the participants should get to know them and gain knowledge and know-how. Read more

Volunteering at a film festival

Posted on August 31, 2011 at 22:35, by pigasus

Contributing, finding the feeling with everyone else, being a part of a group and reaching the goals of one’s own community is not always sufficient motivation for starting volunteer work. The word ‘work’ incorporates many concepts that don’t always go hand in hand with, for example, the volunteer activities traditionally carried out in city districts. The word might also suffer from some negative associations from working life. I feel that district activity should be defined as voluntary activity rather than work. In part. In part it really is hard work, done for no pay and with no regard to office hours. But when successful, volunteering gives you new tools for life and problem-solving, new people, and new communities.

The concepts of activity and work need to be explained a bit further, because as all those who have volunteered know, things are sometimes too complicated for simple labels. Sometimes what starts as volunteer activities turn into work very quickly. Or at least it starts to feel like work. And it might become too much to handle. Read more

Meeting 10.11.2011

Posted on November 10, 2011 at 23:32, by pigasus

Meeting for Artova Film Festival 2012




1. No replies to our recruitment message

  • Our message was too “commercial”
  • Interns require a compensation for their work
  • We’ll explain ourselves better: ideology, local city culture, local city culture revolution, being motivated by things other than money

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Meeting 1.2.2012

Posted on February 1, 2012 at 23:41, by pigasus


  • Milla on board



  • Finnish Cultural Foundation: 2000?
  • Kulke: 1000€


Intern and volunteers

  • Virpi
  • 3D-modeller from Metropolia University of Applied Sciences
  • Milla
  • Mari
  • Azar
  • Minna
  • Piia on post-it note

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Meeting 12.3.2012

Posted on March 12, 2012 at 22:45, by pigasus

Attendance: Saara, Nikita, Pirita, Milla, Wisam


1. Introduction

  • Pirita, AFF producer-in-chief, is a 3rd year student of cultural management in Humak, member of Artova board of directors
  • Saara, office employee at the community centre Kääntöpaikka, member of Artova board of directors, writes grant applications
  • Nikita, AFF media team member, 2nd year mature student of cultural management in Metropolia, member of Artova board of directors
  • Milla, AFF role: film transports, 3rd year student in Kallio upper secondary school
  • Wisam, AFF producer, 3rd year student of cultural management in Metropolia

2. Technical specifications

  • Doc/fiction categories separately
  • Duration?

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Meeting: festival preview 23.3.2012

Posted on March 23, 2012 at 23:47, by pigasus

Mara, Janne, Nikita, Pirita


Meeting. Topic: festival trailer

  • AFF has a budget of 250€ for renting equipment
  • Preview visibility: StadiTV, Filmihullu shop, website, Love&Anarchy, ArtovaKino, festival etc.
  • Deadline the end of July
  • Framework, ideology etc: interesting, serious film festival, international preview, powered by people, volunteering, urban city culture
  • two-way visibility. For example: the preview for this year’s AFF has been done by Outline Studios… Outline Studios film Indebted premiere in Hungary Film Festival…
  • we need a print-quality logo, other picture material, press pictures
  • Janne won’t attend the next meetings, Pirita and Nikita will be contact persons from now on
  • next meeting 26.4. at 16:00 at the community centre Kääntöpaikka

Meeting: visual 23.3.2012

Posted on March 23, 2012 at 23:49, by pigasus

Pirita, Janne, Saara, Nikita, Milla


  • prints: invitation poster, flyer. Last week of July, a few weeks before the event, a few days before the event a new wave, poster and catalogue
  • Invitation poster: we’ll use the template of previous years (Pirita will look it up). Milla’s friend or Nikita will be the maker-up, will be settled in the meeting on Monday. Published on the website, sent to universities and production companies, distributed in the area. Deadline 31.3. Printed at Print24 if other enquiries haven’t been fruitful.
  • It was decided that we’ll get AFF an artist who’ll make a unified look for the poster, catalogue and flyer. Possibly also includes the interior in Arcada. Milla will contact the person on Monday.
  • Graphic designer/maker-up: we’ll ask Laura K. Read more

Meeting 26.3.2012

Posted on March 26, 2012 at 23:50, by pigasus

Attendance: Nikita, Pirita, Milla, Saara, Janne and Wisam

Open agenda:
NB! Film submissions coming in from 2.4. onwards!

  • Call for submissions

Olli will have the same template as last year. Deadline for a new template on Friday 30.3.

Could Milla’s friend, Olli K. Lahti give us two design suggestions by 31.3.?

Pirita will write a draft on 27.3. so that Olli can have it


  • Technical specifications

Pirita will see Mirko on Wednesday 28.3. at 10:00. Technical specifications will be defined, such as submitting works online. Specs will go on the submission form.

Categories: under 30mins/over 30mins

Call for submissions to include: logo, partners, DocLounge logo, list on each poster

  • Category durations and times under 30 mins/over 30 mins

Documentary and fiction, as last year

Category “open” will be left out

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