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The National Audiovisual Institute (KAVI) is subordinate to the Ministry of Education and Culture.

The National Audiovisual Institute (KAVI) is a cultural memory organization and supervisory agency whose task is to preserve the audiovisual cultural products of Finland and to promote audiovisual cultural heritage and media education.

KAVI’s operational units have equal standing under an umbrella organizational structure with the exception of the special status given content rating, which is based on separate legislation. 

Our History

On 1 January 2014, the National Audiovisual Archive KAVA (2008–2013, preceded by the Finnish Film Archive 1957–2007) and the Centre for Media Education and Audiovisual Programmes MEKU (2012–2013, preceded by the Finnish Board of Film Classification 1946–2011) were merged into the National Audiovisual Institute.

With KAVA (until 2007 the Finnish Film Archive), the institute acquired the national film, television and radio archive as well as its mandate to preserve and promote Finnish audiovisual culture. The Finnish Film Archive was established as a private organization in 1957, and by the following year it had already joined the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF). In 1979, the Finnish Film Archive became a state institution. In 1984, the Film Deposit Act entered into force, and in 2009, comprehensive archiving of radio and television programmes began.

MEKU’s responsibilities entail the promotion of media education and monitoring the provision of audiovisual programmes. As the Media Education and Audiovisual Programmes Unit at KAVI, MEKU serves as an expert in the development of children’s media environment, promotes research related to the field, tracks international developments and provides information on matters related to children and the media.