DOX@NET – A new type of short documentary film series for the web

Exciting news for documentary filmmakers and fans! The dox@net project created by The Finnish Film Foundation aims to develop documentaries specifically for the internet. Working with big names like AVEK and the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE, the service which launched in December 2013 and asked production companies to come up with some proposals to they can be produced.

The five winners will be screened on YLE’s screening service, as well as YouTube. And these winners are:

CLICKING WARS (2.2.2015)

The making and posting of online videos has exploded.  Anyone can upload a video that gets more viewers than any television show. But what makes a video a hit? Five filmmakers enter into a competition to see whose video will get the most clicks. There are no rules. The films offer nudity, singing competitions as well as celebrities. The competition will be fierce, only the number of clicks matters.
Production: Pohjola-Filmi
Directors: Salla Sorri, Wille Hyvönen, Iris Olsson, Markus Kåhre and Reetta Aalto.

An interactive web documentary series that takes the viewer through the life cycle of a Finnish production animal. The series follows the journey of a chicken and a pig living on very different Finnish farms from birth to death and all the way to the super market shelf. The viewer can choose how to experience the lifecycle and living conditions of the animals. The films are told strictly from the animals’ point of view and don’t contain any experts or interviews.
Production: Liisa Juntunen / napafilms oy
Director: Marika Väisänen

A series of snapshots from the Suomi Arena in Pori as the crème de la crème of Finnish society stroll on its lawns. The series captures the summer atmosphere of the Finnish elite who have driven the welfare state into the shredder right before the 2015 parliamentary elections.
Production: Tühma Audio/Visual Oy
Production team: Susanna Kuparinen, Jari Hanksa, Konsta Väänänen and Anna Rombach


JANTE REDUX (23.2.2015)
”Don’t think that you’re somebody” – Jante’s law, rule number one. Life in the Swedish-speaking countryside of Finland is often thought of as idyllic, happy cohabitation – but this is not the whole truth. Production: 4KRS Films
Directors: Oskar Forstén and Arthur Franck

There can never be too many films about Mannerheim. This series of short Mannerheim films will bring the portrait documentary into the internet age.
Production: Zodiak Finland Oy / Sari Lempiäinen
Director: Katja Lautamatti


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Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.