Tailwinds for audiovisual culture

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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Artist chosen for Kiasma’s and AVEK’s co-production project: Anna Estarriola to join ARS22 exhibition

Anna Estarriola has been chosen as the artist for the co-production project of AVEK and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma for the ARS22 exhibition. AVEK and Kiasma granted the selected work 24,500 euros in production support.

There are stories that must be told out loud

Screenwriter and director Suvi West is motivated by a sense of duty. “I usually get a strong feeling, a type of image or vision about a story or topic, that won’t leave me alone. It’s as though it nests inside me until I can let it out in the form of a story.”

New cuts to the creative industries, which are in need of support: even the sprouts of growth are being suppressed

“The beginning of new stories is in jeopardy,” writes Director of AVEK Ulla Simonen in her blog. The DigiDemo and CreaDemo grants distributed by AVEK will be cut by half in 2021, and the future of the appropriation is unknown.

Financial support for the creative industries cut by half: DigiDemo and CreaDemo grants for cultural content and innovations under threat

The DigiDemo and CreaDemo grants awarded by AVEK to the creative industries will be cut by half in 2021. Distributed for almost 20 years, these grants are funded from a special appropriation granted by the Ministry of Education and Culture that comes from profits obtained from gaming operations. AVEK’s product development support has helped companies and products such as Supercell, Gigglebug Entertainment, Arilyn and Oikiat Design’s Vaatelaastari (FabPatch) get started. The drastic decrease in the amount of financial support is a new blow to the creative industries and threatens their reform and innovation.

Featured work of the month

Monica in the South Seas (Testifilmi) by Sami van Ingen and Mika Taanila is a documentary that received production support in January. It tells the story of Monica Flaherty, who looks for herself in the shadow of her world-famous film director father, Robert Flaherty.


Monica tries to build a complete soundtrack for the classic silent documentary Moana (1926), which was created by her parents. She returns to the stage from her early childhood on the paradise island of Samoa after 50 years and spends two weeks there, making field sound recordings for her film.


Monica in the South Seas examines the documentary’s built reality. At the same time, it shines a light through ideologies bound to their time, such as colonialism and questions concerning ethnographic authenticity.

Browse our support decisions!

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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Frequently asked questions

How do I send my application to AVEK? Can I apply for support for several works at the same time? Online application system does not work, what to do? How long is the decision-making process? Where should the final report be delivered? You will find the answer for these questions and many others in our FAQ section.

Frequently asked questions

AVEK magazine

The AVEK magazine is published in Finnish twice a year, in spring and autumn. The themes of the latest AVEK magazine are film music, sounds and impact.

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.