Oulu international children's and youth film festival was set up on 1982 from Pentti Kejonen's idea, who was the movie secretary of that time of city of Oulu. Since the beginning of the festival has Oulun Elokuvakeskus ry been the other organizer.
From the beginning the goal of the event was to reach their target group, children. Festival quickly established it's position nationally and got recognition from international specialists.
Oulu international children's festival has kep it's spot and the base of audience is strong. Also winds of change have been followed continuously: a big change was faced when the leader of the event since the beginning Kejonen stepped down in 2006 and his long-term coworker Eszter Vuojala stepped up to take his place.
A bit shortened version of quarter century history written by Jukka Tikkanen follows the phases of the festival.
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1982 Children's movie festival is organized for the first time in touch with Taikalamppu event. Clarence and Angel is seen as the beginning movie.
|1983||Foreign festivalmovies to be part of TV distribution in Finland.|
|1984||Movie festival grows and internationalizes. Number of audience: 3300.|
|1985||Jiri Trnka's doll animations form the first special set of the festival.|
|1986||The first international movie visitors arrive. My life as a dog is in selection.|
|1987||Number of audience is growing to 6500. Astrid Lindgren 80 years festival series.|
|1988||International festival visitors from 10 different countries. Number of audience still growing, 7500 this year.|
|1989||Vilma, the festival mascot introduces herself. The world premiere of The land before time.|
|1990||M.A Numminen and Pedro Hietanen amuse in the opening ceremony. Chuck Jones –speciality.|
|1991||Children's movie festival 10 years! Uppo-Nalle–movie's world premiere.|
A competition is introduced to the festival. News magazine Kaleva donates Starboy award, designed by Sanna Koivisto. Festival reaches over 10 000 visitors.
|1993||Due to request by Finnish moviemakers the festival now includes Finnish section.|
|1994||Eeva Ahtisaari to be the guardian of the festival.|
|1995||Movie 100 years! CIFEJ award is introduced.|
|1996||Heikki Prepula –specialty. Photograph exhibition to honor 15th birthday.|
|1997||Hannele Huovi's Urpo ja Turpo teddyseries as a specialty|
|1998||Poika ja Ilves in premiere.|
|1999||Immigration and being a refugee are themes in special set.|
|2000||Swedish hitmovie Tsatsiki, morsan och polisen as a winner. Billy Elliot also conquering the selection.|
|2001||Organizers dress up as movie character to celebrate 20 year long journey.|
Spirited away as an opening film
|2003||Finding Nemo opens the festival. Matti Ranin –specialty.|
|2004||Pelicanman fascinates as a festival movie.|
|2005||Animator Gary Goldman as an honored guest. Valo in the competition.|
|2006||Festival turns 25! Special set filled with the winners of earlier years.|
Eszter Vuojala's first year as a festival leader. Pikku Kakkonen turns 30 and Katti Matikainen incites the audience.
|2008||Polish animator-director Tadeusz Wilkosz runs a doll animation workshop for children.|
Prize of the media foundation of the evngelival lutheran church of Finland-award is given for the first time to best Finnish movie. Vorstadtkrokodile directed by Christian Ditter wins the children jury's award.
|2010||Vorstadtkrokodil 2. the sequel of Vorstadtkrokodil wins children jury's award again. Christian Ditter wins Kaleva award for the second time in a row.|
|2011||Festival 30 years! The best youth movie is awarded with For Tomorrow award for the first time. ECFA award founded in 2010 is given to the best European children's movie for the first time. Festival cafe Bysis opens it's doors.|
|2012||American children's classics pull huge amounts of audience. Giant burgers and American presidents take over culturehouse Valve.|