Notes after the international film festival "The Northern Character"
The festival "The Northern Character" was held in Murmansk for the seventh time. This year there were announced more than hundred works of journalists and documentary filmmakers from Russia, Abkhazia, Norway, Sweden, France, Finland, Canada and Greece in seven categories, including "documentary", "essay", "TV show", "short fiction".
In February 2015 after two years, the Norwegian Kirkenes will again meet the grand festival Barents Spectacle. The Barents Secretariat invites a group of 10 Russian journalists to arrive in Kirkenes from 4 to 8 February 2015.
Media school for NGO and mass-media held in Sortavala
In September there was held the fifth media school for members of public organizations of Sortavala area (Karelia) within the limits of the Russian-Finnish project "NGO and mass-media".
Cooperation with Finland and image of Finland and Karelia in mass-media also were a theme for discussions. Matti Siippänen, the correspondent of the newspaper "Karjalainen", told about relations between NGOs and mass-media in Finland, and also compared experience in mass-media and interactions to public organizations in Finland, Karelia and the South America. About activity of the Society of friendship "Finland-Russia", Tiina Junnillä, the Finnish coordinator of the project, informed on new projects and problems.
School participoants discussed interesting ideas about creation of NGOs' Association in Sortavalsa area, about release of the uniform Finnish-Russian catalog of NGO and culture events in frontier territory, NGO pages in press. And also about regular railway communication «Friendship Train».
Translated by: Tatiana Polkova