The festival in Oulu is in its 32nd edition this year, and the genres of the program include animation, youth, documentary, classics, and competition films. German classic children’s films are the center of focus, such as “Emil and the Detectives,” and “The Parent Trap."
In total, there will be over 100 films shown for people of all ages. Three different competition sections, Children’s, Youth, and Finnish, are part of the program, as well as the two themes which drive the festival: The Voice of the Jungle, and German classics.
As a guest of honour, Oulu welcomes the director, producer, animator and illustrator Antonia Ringbom. She has run animation workshops in several countries, including Senegal and Nicaragua and has also illustrated and written many children’s books. Oulu will showcase almost all of her works, including her most famous “The Yellow Giraffe’s Animal Stories.”
"Culture includes not only culture and arts, but also the way of life and system of values. In this sense culture becomes the major power for intellectual renewal and human perfection." (European Council Report on European Cultural Policy)