Oulu Int'l Children’s and Youth Film Festival 30th Anniversary

Oulu Int'l Children’s and Youth Film Festival 30th Anniversary

Oulu International Children’s and Youth Film Festival (21– 27.11.2011) will be celebrating its 30th anniversary! 

This year's focus is on Danish films for children and young people, including unforgettable classics as well as fresh new favourites. A Danish Day will be arranged on Tuesday 22nd of November. 

The history of the festival will be presented to the public in a special 30th anniversary exhibition. There will be a photo exhibition with pictures taken by children and young people. It will be arranged in co-operation with Northern Photographic Centre.

In the focus of the festival, as always, are Finnish and foreign films that are suitable for absolutely all ages, starting from children as young as 3 years old. In total over 100 movies will be shown at the festival.

Five awards will be given out this year: ECFA, Kaleva, CIFEJ, The Little Bear and Church Media foundation prize. The ECFA (European Children's Film Association) award, which was founded last year, will also be given this year to the best European children's movie of the international competition. The winner will be selected by a jury consisting of international film professionals. Public can also vote for the best film.


A two-day seminar on media education will take place on 23- 24th of November. One of the themes is the Danish model of media education. Cinema consultant Jacob Breuning from Danish Film institute is lecturing of “Experience, understand and create – the Danish model of film and media literacy”.


The festival offers screenings of nostalgic 16 mm prints of Danish children's classics "Buster's World", "Otto is a Rhino", "Samson & Sally" and "Twist and Shout".


 Eetu ja Konna Finland 2011, director Kari Häkkinen

 Fuchsia the Mini Witch The Netherlands 2010, director Johan Nijenhuis

 Iris Finland 2011, director Ulrika Bengts 

 Lilly the Witch the Journey to Mandolan Germany 2011, director Harald Sicheritz

 Lost in Africa Denmark 2010, director Vibeke Muasya

 Nicostratos France 2011, director Olivier Horlait

 On the Sly Belgium 2010, director Olivier Ringer

 The Liverpool Goalie Norway 2010, director Arild Andresen

 The Star and the Sea China 2010, directors Li Qiankuan and Xiao Guiyun

 Twigson Norway 2009, director Åsleik Engmark

 Vespa Hungary 2010, director Diana Groó


 August 2011, director Oskari Sipola

 Bird Flight 2011, director Marjo Viitala (short film)

 Eetu ja konna 2011, director Kari Häkkinen

 Garbage Prince 2011, director Raimo O. Niemi

 Iris 2011, director Ulrika Bengts

 Obstacle 2011, director Pirjo Ojala

 Pimeä kesä 2010, director Mari-Kaisu Mononen (short film)

 Puita ja semmosia 2011, director Markus Lehmusruusu (short film)

 Seikkailu 2011, director Ismo Kiesiläinen (short film)

 The Forest of Babel 2010, directors Elina Pohjola and Mike Pohjola (short film) 

The Little Snow Animal 2010, director Miia Tervo (short film)

 There will be also a special series of films from around the world and for young people under the titles Kaleidoscope and Growing Pains. Also a series of documentaries and a series of short films will be shown. 

More information about all the films, promotional pictures and the most recent updates can be found on our web page www.oulunelokuvakeskus.fi/lef


Media representatives and professionals of the film branch are offered free entry to all film screenings.  

For registeration, please see the website.

 For more information, please contact

 Festival Director Eszter Vuojala, tel.  +358 8 8811 293, eszter.vuojala(at)oufilmcenter.fi

Festival Coordinator Mika Anttolainen, tel. +358 44 588 1134, mika.anttolainen(at)oufilmcenter.fi

Press Officer Mira Päätalo, tel. +358 400 617 491, press(at)oufilmcenter.fi

 Oulu Film Centre, Hallituskatu 7 (Valve 2nd floor), 90100 Oulu, Finland


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