Forest Film School


Forest Film School at Numsang Joh in Khantyland, 2018


When the first Finno-Ugric Film Festival took place in 2014, it became very clear, that there are only a few small-nation films in their own language and filmmakers who are able to make them. There is no tradition of filmmaking in small languages and needless to say, there is no small-language film education. This realization was the beginning of Forest Film School, which was made for those young film enthusiasts who were interested in making films in their own languages and about their own culture. Forest Film School is a 10-day film camp, where young people learn about all filmmaking stages from script and storyboard until editing and sound design. The tutors of Forest Film School are all film professionals in their own fields. The whole process is very practical and many short films are born during the camp. First Forest Film School camps took place in Estonia – 2015 for Udmurt and next year for Mari youth. The third film camp was special because the Karelian and Seto youngsters students together and the age of the students varied between high shool students to pensioniers. This was also the first camp where animation film was added in addition to feature- and documentary. The same year, in 2017 the first Forest Film School took in place in Russia, in Karelia. This started a tradition to hold the camps in Russia – 2018 and 2019 in Khanty-land and 2019 also in Mari.

In Estonia we focus on youth film education. Yearly we hold 2-3 forest film camps in the rural areas.

Our future goal is to create a Film Education center in Setomaa, Estonia to support filmmakers from Finno-Ugric small nations in every possible way.


If you are seeking for learning opportunities - contact us for:

Film education trainings, workshops, showings, camps
General filmmaking know-how
Film equipment rental
Finding crew members, cast, composers, musicians from small nations
Financing opportunities
Stipendium opportunities
Study abroad opportunities
Legal advice for filmmakers 


If you are a film tutor - contact us for:

Volunteering in film camps
Volunteering in film education projects or research




Forest Film School at Numsang Joh in Khantyland, 2018


Forest Film School in Komi


Forest Film School in Estonia, Sänna 2019

Forest Film School at Numsang Joh in Khantyland, 2018

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Dear visitor, Finno-Ugric Film Festival website is currently under development. We are in the process of creating a new multi-language website for better promotion oportunities of Finno-Ugric small nation filmmakers.