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From 8 to 11 June 2016, Finno-Ugric films will be screened at the Flax Museum in this picturesque corner of Võru County for the third year in a row. The festival’s opening film is Veiko Õunpuu’s “Roukli” and the finale will be a feature film by Hungarian director Virag Zomboracz, “Afterlife”. In all, about 60 films will be screened.

The festival programme has two parts: a competition for films from stateless Finno-Ugric peoples and a programme of feature films, experimental works and documentaries from the three Finno-Ugric nation-states – Estonia, Finland and Hungary.

The organizers of the festival consider the educational role to be important – film script writing workshops held over the three days will allow participants to develop their ideas; a workshop aimed at younger participants will also be held. The workshops will be led by film-maker/screenwriter Dániel Erdélyi from Hungary, and, from Estonia, writer and screenwriter Mart Kivastik and Estonian Academy of Arts teacher Liis Nimik.

Film-makers and volunteers from 25 different nationalities will take part in the festival – ranging from the Mari people in Bashkiria to French and Dutch in the heart of Europe.

The festival’s artistic director Edina Csüllög said: “The festival is being held for the third year, and we saw in assembling the competition programme that there are fewer and fewer films to screen from the smaller Finno-Ugric nations. The reason is that they lack a domestic film industry – the film-makers are amateurs who lack enough resources and support. A few years ago, in planning the festival, we wanted to spotlight makers of feature films from smaller Finno-Ugric nations, but this year there is only feature film competing with the rest being experimental works and documentaries.”

A selection of entries in a photography competition, “The Finno-Ugric World Today”, can be seen during the festival. A video installation by Finnish artist Milla Koivisto will be open and a performance “Last King of the Livs by Latvian puppet artist Edmunds Rosenfeld will take place.
On Thursday, 9 June, Väliharf will perform live music, while on Saturday, 11 June the band Lepaseree will take the stage.

The festival patron is writer Kauksi Ülle, noted for her work in championing Finno-Ugric culture.


A festival pass costs 10 euros and entitles the holder to admission all film screenings and concerts. Admission is free for Võru County residents under 18 years of age.

The festival is organized by the Finno-Ugric Film Foundation SUFF, Prastuli Society and Nisi Masa Estonia. The festival venue is an hour and a half from Tartu and half hour from Võru by car.

The festival is supported by the Hõimurahvaste Programm (Kindred Peoples Programme), the Estonian Film Institute, the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, the Hungarian Institute in Estonia, and the Hungarian Embassy in Finland. Festival partners: Fenno-Ugria, translation company A&A Lingua, Mediawave, Katapult Film, Plank Film, Alasti Kino, Nopri Farm, Tsiistre Teahouse, Piiri Köök, Rõngu Pagar bakery, Piusa Savikoda ceramics workshop, Pullijärve Holiday Village, Suhka Farmstay, Budampex and Jaagumäe Kaubandus OÜ.




The Finno-Ugric Film Foundation and the Tsiistre Flax Museum have announced an international photo competition on the theme The Finno-Ugric World Today. The best seven photos will appear at an outdoor exhibition that will open in conjunction with the Finno-Ugric Film Festival, FUFF, at the Flax Museum on 8 June 2016.

Entries should depict the Finno-Ugric world today, providing a brief text description. The goal of the contest is to introduce everyday life for these First Nation peoples across Eurasia and to support and popularize their cultures.

The contest rules can be found here.

Please send your entries to soomeugrifilmifond@gmail.com by 30 April 2016 at the latest.

The exhibition will run all summer at the TsiistreFlax Museum. Photographs can later be viewed in a travelling exhibtion and in an online FUFF gallery.

More information: www.fuff.ee, www.linamuuseum.ee


Accommodation and food at FUFF

If you are a visitor to the festival and would like to book your accommodation, please have a look at the following options:

Kirikumäe Hiking Hut, www.kirikumae.ee, GSM 508 4264
Suhka Tourist Farm, www.suhka.ee, GSM 5193 8000
Pööni Tavern and Guest House, www.pööni-kõrts-külalistemaja.ee, GSM 5280634
Mi Sann sauna house, www.misann.net, GSM 56470585

VESIVESKI KÜLALISTEMAJA , Siksälä küla, Misso vald. Info 372 51 26 400  jaanus.purga@gmail.com

Camping: in Tsiistre by the village house, free of charge, www.tsiistre.ee
Toilet at the outhouse, no washing facilities, lakes in the vicinity.


Tsiistre Tea House offers a special festival menu and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. https://www.facebook.com/tsiistreteemaja?ref=br_rs.
Flax Museum Cafe, www.linamuuseum.ee
Nopri Dairy Farm Shop, located about 2 km from Tsiistre
All above places accept cash only.
The closest ATM is in Vastseliina.


Edina Csüllög
email: sara.kisari@gmail.com
phone: 00 37 2588 77 144

Kristina Remmel
phone:  00 372 5031514

Finno-Ugric Film Festival
(Edina Csüllög)
Meremäe küla, Meremäe 2-12
Meremäe vald, Vőrumaa