We promote diverse Finnish audiovisual culture with copyright remunerations. New documentary films, animations, short films and media art are created with our support. We operate in connection with the Finnish copyright organisation Kopiosto. The majority of our funds come from private copying levies financed from the General State Budget
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Eläinjuttu, which received production support in November, deals with attempts by animal rights activists to bring about change. Saila Kivelä, one of the film’s directors, was the first animal rights activist to come out with her own face as an undercover photographer of animal production. When Kivelä’s older sister, Mai Kivelä, is elected to Parliament to decide on the reform of the Animal Welfare Act, Saila gets to follow the preparation of the law and the new attempts by activists to influence animal welfare with undercover photography.
‘What appeals to me in Saila’s story, is the question of how we should act when we face injustice and what we can demand of ourselves when this happens,’ says the other director of the film, Vesa Kuosmanen.
According to Kuosmanen, issues related to intensive animal production are among the most important topics of the present day. ‘Now that we are finally also getting to see the link between intensive farming and human suffering and pandemics, I feel that this film is the most important thing I can do right now.’
Photo credits: Heini Mäntylä
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Support decisions for documentary and short films as well as media art are published monthly on our Finnish website. Support issued for training, international promotion, and audiovisual culture are published as quickly as possible after support decision meetings.
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Kopiosto – the copyright organisation for performing artists, authors and publishers
Kopiosto enables the use of copyrighted publications and audiovisual works easily and responsibly. It also makes sure that creative professionals receive the remuneration owed to them for the use of their works. Kopiosto is the most comprehensive copyright organisation representing the creative industry in Finland.