The festival fills the screen with international films
In November, the Oulu International Children's and Youth Film Festival offers a diverse selection of interesting and high-quality content for all ages. The event features heroic stories that make the world a better place, not to mention touching real-life movies and Lithuanian classics.
- The films show in particular how children and young people can imagine a better future for us. For example, young people understand the value of the environment and want to change our lifestyle before it's too late. The love for nature is particularly evident in Maiden of the Lake and Youth Unstoppable, says the festival's artistic director Anna Asplund.
Children take action
The opening film of the Children's Film Competition (which will be screened on Monday 18 Nov. at 6:30 pm at the Plaza 4 cinema) is the Estonian Christmas movie Phantom Owl Forest, where the girl Eia and her friends want to protect the animals in the forest. In the German film Rocca Changes the World, the Pippi Longstocking-like Rocca fights for justice. Courage is also needed in the Ukrainian film The Bobot.
In films children make friends regardless of different backgrounds. For example, Too Far Away and Summer with Rana are films about refugees. The Spanish-Argentinean production The Lunnis and the Great Fairy Tale Adventures and the Estonian animated film Lotte and the Lost Dragons take place in the fascinating world of fairy tales.
Love and finding your own path
In the Youth Film Competition, young people fall in love, make friends, and sometimes have to grow up overnight, as is the case in I Want to Live, Psychobitch and Stupid Young Heart. The Swedish film PewPewPew shows that the desire to be seen in social media by any means can change a person, as does the plunge to the wrong side of life in the exceptionally powerful Icelandic film Let Me Fall.
In the Finnish Film Competition Elvis & Onerva examines whether budding love can endure under social pressures. Alternative culture and punk music are delved into in the documentaries DIY Life: The Story of Combat Rock Industry and Priest. Punk Rocker. Anarchist.
Lithuania in focus
This year offers a chance to take a peek at Lithuanian children's and youth films that have rarely been seen in Finland. These classic films open a window to Lithuania's interesting history since the 1950s. In The Children from the Hotel America, children and young people listen secretly to and get excited by forbidden Western music on the radio. The film's director Raimundas Banionis will visit the festival.
Filmmaker guests also include Justinas Krisiunas, the director of I Want to Live. There will be plenty of short films from Lithuania and Lithuanian co-productions will be seen in the Children's Film Competition.
Films in competition
There are 11 films in the Children's Film Competition, nine in the Youth Film Competition and 12 in the Finnish Competition.
In addition to the Competitions and Lithuanian Classics, the festival will feature the Kaleidoscope programme, a shorts compilation assembled by the Nordic Junior Sessions project and a host of other short films. Films made by children and young people take part in the Oskari Competition. The programme includes more than 100 films, and the festival attracts about 30,000 visitors each year.