Oulu International Children’s and Youth Film Festival

The Oulu International Children's and Youth Film Festival has established itself as a premier showcase for the high-profile Nordic and international children's and youth cinema. It was founded in 1982 as the first of its kind in Northern Europe.

  • What is the project about?
    The festival is always held in the middle of November – during the darkest winter days – and it lasts one week.

    Ohjaaja - Director Rasmus A. Sivertsen © Oulu Film Festival
    The competitive main section, with maximum 15 films, offers a wide range of genres for children from 3 up to 13. The Festival's Growing Pains section leads us to the world of the coming-of-age and adult audience. The Finnish Survey presents new Finnish production and it is a forum for the local professionals. The Kaleidoscope programme brings far-away countries near to the local audience. Besides the main sections the festival features retrospectives, children's classics, documentaries, etc. The Newspaper Kaleva's Prize is given by a Children's Jury, while the CIFEJ Prize is awarded by an international professional jury.

    The festival is a home for seminars on media literacy, various exhibitions and animation and game workshops for children and teachers. The organizers intend to show that high-quality children's film production does exist; the duty is to find distributors for them and let them circulate all over the world.
  • Who is the target group?

    The festival is open to everyone who is interested in Nordic and international children's and youth cinema.

    The Oulu International Children's and Youth Film Festival gathers over 12.000 young and adult viewers from the region and is the most anticipated happening in Oulu before Christmas. In 2009, there were 14.700 visitors at the festival
  • Next edition of the project

    The 34th Oulu International Children's and Youth Film Festival will take place from 16th to 22th November 2015.


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Key Facts

  • start of the project in 1982
  • located at Oulu (Finland)



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Katti Matikainen will open the 2015th festival edition ©  Heli Sorjonen