AVEK (The Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture) was established in 1987 by the Finnish copyright organization Kopiosto.
AVEK uses its share of copyright remuneration to promote audiovisual culture: cinema, video and television. The majority of the funds that AVEK distributes originate from private copying levy, eg. from blank video cassettes and blank DVDs.
AVEK aims to reinforce the production structure of the Finnish audiovisual industry by promoting the kind of long-term audiovisual program production that uses the available resources as effectively as possible. However, AVEK also promotes new talent in the field.
The function of AVEK is to promote a wide range of projects in the field of audiovisual culture. AVEK funds short films and documentaries, videos, media art as well as experimental work. These productions may be intended for television, video distribution or some other form of audiovisual presentation or distribution. Special attention is paid to subject matter, theme and narration, and the overall expressive impact of the project.
AVEK does not fund or subsidize feature films or music videos. Feature films intended for cinema distribution are promoted by the Finnish Film Foundation; music videos are promoted by the Finnish Performing Music Promotion Centre (ESEK).
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