Introducing HEFFI - Helsinki Education Film Festival International

Helsinki Education Film Festival International (HEFFI)

HEFFI is designed specifically to improve the education and learning experience of the next generation through films and videos.

1. Can you tell us briefly, the story of HEFFI?

Ricky: HEFFI started because of a need. We realized that people are more drawn to videos. As everybody has noticed, even children are attracted and attached to videos all the time. So, we thought, let's bring that into education. Let's use film-making as the educational tool. Since we (Ricky and Michael) have been in the film-making business for some time now, it was a smooth transition, an easy process. We saw that there is a need for this film festival, and our objective is to educate the new generation through films.

I met Michael in class (we are both students of Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, which is an international school). Michael is studying Entrepreneurship. I'm in a program called 'International Sales and Marketing'. I heard that he was also into film-making and had plans close to my ideas. So I approached him and asked if he wanted to join HEFFI. We started last year and got very good at working together.

2. Helsinki Education Film Festival International is an annual festival but what does the festival include and when is it going to be held?

Ricky: HEFFI is based in Helsinki, but not confined to Helsinki. Last year, it was held at the Caisa Cultural Center in Kallio. At the same time, we had workshops at different locations such as the Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, Pasila and Porvoo Campuses, and NewCo Helsinki, associated with the Helsinki Government.

This year, the festival will be held in the last week of September; the tentative date is Sunday 27th. We will again have multiple venues. Screenings will be held at different schools and colleges and we will have the main screening in Helsinki. The program is not ready yet but will be announced soon. We have collaborators from different parts of the world who are interested in coming and participating. There will be multiple screenings and events, workshops, and even cultural activities. We will announce a precise program of various activities soon.

HEFFI is about education, and that is a vast topic. It can be connected to pedagogy, film-making, cultural, such as dance, etc.. anything related to education will be covered. It can also be rela