Audiovisual Culture

KAVI seeks to promote audiovisual culture in Finland via its screening programs, film education, library and information services as well as research and exhibition endeavours.

Kino Regina in Helsinki is KAVI's flagship for the institute's regular screenings. Classics, rare gems, ambitious retrospective illuminating different genres and eras form a fascinating portrait of an entire art form from its birth to present day. Film concerts and seminars are among audience favorites as well.

In addition to Kino Regina, KAVI arranges seasonal screening programs in nine cities around the country (Hämeenlinna, Kuopio, Lahti, Tampere, Turku, Joensuu, Oulu, Rovaniemi, Jyväskylä). KAVI also cooperates with several film festivals and organizations. A particularly prominent partner is University of Helsinki with which the institute arranges regular lecture and screening series.

Institute's library is the only special library for film literature in Finland. Its priority is the comprehensive coverage of the audiovisual culture in Finland, but the collection is international in scope.

Film education forms an important part of the department's work. Kino Regina and regional series offer schools special screenings with learning materials.

KAVI's research is published each year in different formats with topics ranging from cinema to radio and film education. Institute's collections find their audience also via touring exhibitions. KAVI's cultural exchange promotes Finnish film heritage abroad, mainly in the form of archival screenings.