The French Institute aims to promote French culture in Finland and to strengthen cultural cooperation between countries. It organizes events, supports cultural actors in importing French culture and creates relationships between professionals. Partners include public cultural institutions, event producers, festivals, and independent groups. In addition, the French Institute informs about events in French and French culture, including on its website, social networks and business premises.
The French Institute supports the reputation of the French film in Finland and promotes cultural exchanges. The French Institute in Finland also manages the Paris Institut français Film Database and can borrow copies for non-commercial purpose in Finland, such as film clubs, film festivals and archives. The French Institute also brings French film to pedagogical use, especially through the IFcinéma service.