The Moving People and Images Journal is an independent publication initiated and edited by filmmaker Erol Mintaş who founded the Academy of Moving Pictures & Images (Helsinki, 2018). The journal shares the ethos of the Academy in providing an intersectional space for institutions, independent filmmakers, film critics, and other film professionals working in Finland and internationally to exchange knowledge, experiences, and resources with the hope of affecting on-the-ground changes within the existing structure of the film industry in Finland, and hopefully elsewhere.  

The commissioned content of the MPI Journal aims to contribute to diversifying the ecology of film culture by opening up new spaces for dialogue, transparency, and a better understanding of the Finnish and international film industries.

The substantive goal of the journal is to provide essential tools to re-imagine a discrimination-free film industry and society in Finland, and worldwide. 

The main focus of the journal is film studies correlatively with social studies, feminism, racial, and environmental justice. The journal strives to explore the representations of those themes within films and film industries.


The MPI Journal is open for contributions of independent film journalism, essays, reviews, and analysis of art-house, and avant-garde filmmaking from contributors based anywhere in the world. 

The MPI Journal is a nonprofit publication that relies on the generous support of collaborating institutions, as well as private individuals and readers. 

We commission articles, in-depth interviews, and reviews through collaborations with existing institutions and organizations. We commission topical articles, in-depth interviews, and critical analysis by specialists in the field including scholars, film professionals, artists, thinkers, and researchers who provide expanded critical perspectives on diversified film cultures.

Articles are published jointly and simultaneously on commissioner institutions’ platforms and the MPI Journal online. The aim is to make those articles and in-depth interviews freely and widely accessible to a diverse network of film practitioners and enthusiasts. 

Commissioning collaborators include the Finnish Film Foundation (FFF), The Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture (AVEK Kopiosto), Goethe-Institut Finnland, the Finnish Documentary Guild (Dokumenttikilta), Istituto Italiano di Cultura Helsinki, IHME Helsinki, and Aalto University-Critical Cinema Lab (CCL). 

The MPI Journal publishes in English, and commissioner institutions may also translate articles into their local languages. 

A printed version of the journal is published once a year.

If you want to support the MPI Journal, commission an article, or suggest a collaboration, please get in touch via email: movingpeopleandimagesjournal@gmail.com

Special thanks to; Sophie Deligiannaki, Patrizia Gambarotta, Susanna Helke, Isabel Maria Hölzl, Lena Kingelin, Sanna Kultanen, Saara Moisio, Minou Norouzi, Marjo Pipinen, Jaana Puskala, Alexandru Radu, Iina Saarinen, Saara Sarela, Ulla Simonen, Paula Toppila.

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