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Face-to-Face with Karelia: Training and Networking Project for the Documentary and Short Film Industry in North Karelia and the Republic of Karelia
Funded by Euregio Karelia Neighbourhood Programme 2001-2006

Objective of the project

The intention was to establish training cooperation and to create a cross-border production network in the documentary and short film industry to create extensive production cooperation and distribute local productions. Goals also included developing documentary events and the broadcasting and circulation of regional documentaries, elevating expertise to an international standard, and promoting entrepreneurship and job creation.

Main activities

• Training and networking, • Studying about the operational environment and connections in the Republic of Karelia and Russia, processing the information into educational content for the training, • Marketing of the companies’ expertise, • Organisation of the documentary and short film festival events.


A four-level training and networking programme was organised for entrepreneurs: general training, working in workshops, customised production process training, and contact making trips associated with the production process training. The training programme included the following themes: cultural administration of the Republic of Karelia, media of the Republic of Karelia, crossing the border and customs formalities, marketing and new circulation technologies, documentary film professionals/contacts in St. Petersburg, and national and local Russian archives (the material and its use). The project organised a total of 12 general Russia expertise training events, which included workshops open to anyone. In addition, marketing courses and events were held and included meeting representatives from funding entities (YLE, Media Desk, SES, AVEK). The production process training were tied to productions already in progress in companies so that the training could increase the greatly needed expertise (crossing the border, contact making, connections at the ministries, locations) regarding Russia in a customized format in companies. The production process training was primarily implemented during production-specific trips, which were customized for companies. Five trips to Petrozavodsk and one to St. Petersburg were arranged. A total of 205 people participated in the training. Through the implemented training programme, a regional production company network was established. The companies of the network are aware of each other’s productions, they are capable of sharing resources when necessary, and they are able to resolve practical issues together. In addition, the network companies can share expertise related to Russia with each other and sell it to production companies outside the region. For example, the expertise of the companies was marketed on the website of the East Finland Film Commission (EFFC): www.effc.fi/venajankarjala. EFFC operations were expanded by utilising the expertise of Russia through marketing tools and the contacts generated. The industry’s sub-regional activities were presented at several national and international events. The project organised Viscult 2006 and 2007 and Rokumentti Film Festival 2007 events.

Basic information



2005-11-01 - 2007-12-31

Total Budget / Programme funding

314 385 € / 220 069 €

Lead partner

North Karelia University of Applied Sciences
Lead partner web-site


Ministry of Culture and Public Relations of the Republic of Karelia
Center of Cultural Initiatives
Center of Karelian Culture