AVEK was established in 1987 by the Finnish copyright organization Kopiosto. AVEK uses its share of copyright remuneration to promote AV culture; cinema, video and television. The majority of the funds that AVEK uses originates from private copying levy; e.g., from blank video cassettes and blank DVDs. AVEK promotes a wide range of projects in the field of audiovisual culture. AVEK funds short films and documentaries, videos, media art and multimedia projects, as well as experimental work in the field. AVEK's production section is divided into two categories: 1/ short films and documentaries, and 2/ media art/multimedia projects. Within each category, it is possible to apply for funding for script writing (individual screenwriters only), pre-production, production, post-production and distribution (production companies). AVEK also supports training programmes for professionals, festivals and other AV events, and research in the AV sector.