Joutseno Art Summer International Film Festival

Joutseno Art Summer International Film Festival is a new event held for the first time in summer 2023 in Lappeenranta, Finland. Although the festival focuses on the role of sustainable development and on the beauty of responsible art and filmmaking, it welcomes submissions on other themes as well.

Welcome to the Festival!

The Joutseno Art Summer Film Festival is almost here! A delightfully large number of films were submitted for the competition, and the quality of the films was very good. We welcome everyone from near and far to the festival to enjoy diverse and high-quality films! The exact schedule of the event is published and tickets can be purchased from Liveto or directly from Nuijamies.

We are proud to organise this event in cooperation with the cultural-historical Cultural Space Nuijamies, in the summer scenery of our beautiful city. We believe that we will experience something unique that has not yet been experienced in Lappeenranta. Welcome to join us!


To highlight the importance of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, Joutseno College is holding this international film festival offering the pleasant atmosphere and the great natural scenery of Lake Saimaa, Finland.

Our main goal with Joutseno Art Summer International Film Festival is to help maximise the engagement of select independent filmmakers who choose to challenge and reflect on global scale problems. The festival offers filmmakers a unique opportunity to screen their works in one of the most scenic venues and locations in Finland!

The festival is open to everyone and we warmly welcome people to see and enjoy versatile films as well as encounter one another and broaden perspective to the world. The festivals also takes note to children and families offering a dedicated event for them.


Joutseno Art Summer Film Festival takes place in Lappeenranta, the central city of South Karelia province, approximately 2,5 hours trip from Helsinki, the capital city of Finland.

The main venue of the film festival is Cultural Space Nuijamies, located in the centre of Lappeenranta, which is one of the most significant operators in Lappeenranta's cultural scene. All the screenings and recreational events are held in Nuijamies.

The pre-festival event, scriptwriting workshop, will be held at Joutseno College, about 20 minutes by car and 10 minutes by train from the center of Lappeenranta.


Some updates have been made to the programme - check the programme page!

Festival's programme and daily schedule is now published! Check out the timetable on the programme page.

The festival is getting closer and a notification has been sent to filmmakers whether their film is among the selected ones. We will be in contact with the selected films for further actions. We are also continuing to build the schedule, which unfortunately has been slightly delayed. However, the festival schedule will be published in the next few days!

The submitting period has now ended, thank you to everyone who submitted their works! Ticket sales have also started at Restaurant Nuija and Liveto, see more under "tickets".

Note that the notification date has been slightly changed. New notification date is May 24, 2023.

Less than a week to go before the next deadline, that is April 2, 2023!


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