Thursday 9 March
noon to 6.00 pm
Finnkino Plevna & Galleria Bertel, Werstas (Itäinenkatu 4 & Väinö Linnan aukio 8)
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The event can hold 60 attendees.

What are we referring to when discussing indigenous people? How are communities regenerated and on the other hand conserved by art? How would one define a modern relationship with nature? These questions, among others, will be on the table when researchers and artists are searching for answers through thematically constructed speeches and group discussions.

To start, the participants will watch a short film screening featuring selected works from Tampere Film Festival’s First Peoples program. Then, based on the views presented in the films, artists, filmmakers and academics will have a unique chance to exchange ideas during a series of short statements and group discussions.

The attendees will learn from each other through dialogue, all the while searching for concrete answers to questions that arise. The goal of the event is to bring filmmakers and researchers together in a creative environment where they can come up with new and multidisciplinary collaborations. Potential new projects may then apply for Kone Foundation annual grants.

This program will be held in English. Participants are required to sign up in advance. Sign up here.

Confirmed speakers

Full program and schedules will be updated here in February.


Pirjo Kristiina Virtanen is assistant professor in Indigenous Studies at the University of Helsinki. Among others, she has worked with the Apurinã and Machinery in Brazilian Amazonia. Her publications include Indigenous Youth in Brazilian Amazonia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), as well as several edited books and articles on indigenous politics, mobility, shamanism, ethno-history, decolonizing methods, as well as indigenous ontologies and epistemologies. She has co-authored various indigenous school materials.


Stina Aletta Aikio works as an artist in Viidon Sieddit – New Measures of Sámi Nature Relationships -project. Examines in their work how global consumption changes our material reality and turns our nature relationship into multidimensional and complex relations in which we need to reconsider our actions and responsibilities.


Jason Ryle is the Artistic Director of the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival based in Toronto, Canada. imagineNATIVE is the world’s largest showcase of film, video, audio and digital media works created by indigenous media artists. In his capacity as Artistic Director, Jason oversees all artistic and programming aspects of the annual festival and the organisation’s year-round activities, including international co-presentations. He is a lapsed filmmaker but has recently produced his first short film, SNIP (2016), which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and screened at Berlinale Generation.


Caroline Monnet is a multidisciplinary artist from Outaouais, Quebec. At the moment she is based in Montréal. She studied both Sociology and Communication at the University of Ottawa (Canada) and the University of Granada (Spain) before pursuing a career in visual arts and films. Her short films have screened at numerous festivals including Toronto International Film Festival (Ikwé, Warchild, Tshieutin), Les Rencontres Internationales (Gephyrophobia) and Sundance Film Festival (Mobilize). She is presently developping her first feature film.


The event is a co-production between Tampere Film Festival and Kone Foundation.