Night Visions Film Festival kicks year 2012 off with a bang on the 2nd week of April. In addition to the two screens of the traditional Kino Engel cinema (street address: Sofiankatu 4), the festival is now expanding also to Bio Rex (street address: Mannerheimintie 22-24), introducing more titles in the lineup and more screenings than ever for the Spring edition of the festival.

The festival opens with Steven Soderbergh's powerful action extravaganza HAYWIRE on Thursday, April 12 at 9 pm in Bio Rex, followed by an unforgettable opening night club featuring an exclusive world premiere live performance at Adams (street address: Erottaja 15-17, from 10.30 pm to 4 am).


Night Visions Film Festival is the biggest, the oldest and the most prestigious film festival in Finland focusing on horror, fantasy, science fiction, action and cult cinema. The festival is arranged twice a year in the heart of the city of Helsinki, the capital of Finland. The Spring edition of the festival takes place in April and the Fall edition rocks the boat towards the end of October, firmly around the Halloween celebrations.

Over the years Night Visions has had the pleasure of introducing Finnish audiences to dozens of both brand new and vintage gems of genre cinema. It has been the Finnish premiere platform of titles like THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, John Hillcoat's THE ROAD, Christopher Nolan's MEMENTO, the recent Japanese hits COLD FISH and ALIEN VS. NINJA, the first installments of THE MATRIX, BLADE and SCREAM trilogies as well as a great number of other highly significant genre titles.

The biggest hits in the festival lineup of the past 12 months have included Zack Snyder's flashy noir fantasy SUCKER PUNCH, the Norwegian crossover sensation TROLL HUNTER, Alexandre Aja's multi-dimensional masterpiece PIRANHA 3D, Mark Romanek's science fiction drama NEVER LET ME GO and DUE DATE, Todd Phillips' followup to his record-breaking HANGOVER, just to mention a few.

Night Visions Film Festival has been organized since 1997 by a non-profit organization called Night Visions - Yon Kuvat ry. Among the supporters of the event are the Finnish National Council for Cinema and the Cultural Office of the city of Helsinki.


The event is non-competitive, but the audience gets to vote for the winner of NIGHT VISIONS AUDIENCE AWARD during the festival in October. All new feature films in the official lineup of the festival in October are eligible for the award, and the only the audience members present at the festival screenings are able to cast votes for the films.

The audience award was succesfully introduced in October 2008, and the first time ever winner of the award was James Watkins' debut feature EDEN LAKE from Great Britain. In October 2009 the award was granted to the Norwegian splatter sensation DEAD SNOW, directed by Tommy Wirkola. October 2010 was the first time that the award went to an American film, Robert Rodriguez's and Ethan Maniquis' MACHETE. The winner of 2011 was THE WOMAN, directed by Lucky McKee.


Night Visions Film Festival is accepting submissions year round. You can submit your feature or short film to the festival for review on dvd at any time. There is no entry fee. Send an e-mail to festival (at) for further instructions.


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