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40th Oulu International Children's and Youth Film Festival
The 40th International Children's and Youth Film Festival will take place from 13 to 21 November 2021. 
It is an independent festival. The Festival is organized by the Oulu Film Centre
Film submissions and preview copies must be received by 4 August 2021 at the latest.

The International Children's and Youth Film Festival is aimed at both children and adults. The goal of the Festival is to showcase new high-quality international film production for children and young people, and to increase the interest of Finnish distributors and broadcasters in children’s films. The Festival presents the Star Boy Award in the Children’s Film Competition, the Global Future Award in the Youth Film Competition, the Look at Me Award in the Finnish Competition and the ECFA Awards for the best European children’s feature and short film.
Competitions
Children's Film Competition

Star Boy Award A children's jury consisting of schoolchildren from Oulu will present the Star Boy Award donated by Oulun Energia to the director of the best film of the Children's Film Competition.

Youth Film Competition

Global Future Award The Oulu 4H Association awards the EUR 1,000 Global Future Award for the best film in the Youth Film Competition.

Finnish Film Competition

Look at Me... Award The Church Media Foundation awards a prize of 1,500 euros for a domestic long or short film. The aim of the award is to support Finnish films for children and young people and to encourage filmmakers to reflect on Christian responsibility and values.

ECFA-Award

The European Children's Film Association's award for the best European feature film in the Children's Film Competition is awarded by an international jury.

ECFA-Short Film Award

The European Children's Film Association's award for the best film in the Short Film Competition is awarded by an international jury.

Competition regulations
Running time requirements
  • Children’s Film Competion, ECFA Feature Film Competition and Youth Film Competition: minimum running time 60 minutes.

  • Finnish Film Competition: no running time restriction.

  • ECFA Short Film Competition: maximum running time 30 minutes.

Regulations
  • Children's Film Competition of the Festival is limited to 15 films.

  • Eligible formats are HD/broadcast-quality video file (ProRes, DNxHD/R etc.) or blu-ray (disc or disc image). DCPs, DVDs and film prints (35 or 16 mm) are also accepted.

  • No fees will be paid for festival screenings.

  • Films in competition will be screened max. three times, plus one awards screening if the film wins (except Children’s Film Competition winner which gets two awards screenings).

  • All submissions and preview copies must arrive by 4 August 2021.

  • The entry form must be accompanied by stills, posters, a link to the film trailer and other press materials, as well as a short biography, a filmography and a photo of the film director.

  • The films for the Festival are selected by the Festival management.

  • Screening copies must arrive in Oulu by 11 September 2021.

  • The sender is responsible for the shipping costs of the screening copy to Oulu. All screening copies should remain with Festival organization until the Festival closes. The physical screening copy will be returned at the Festival organizers' cost within three weeks after the Festival if not agreed otherwise.

Mailing address for film prints


Antti Leimi antti.leimi@oufilmcenter.fi Oulu International Children's and Youth Film Festival Kulttuuritalo Valve Hallituskatu 7 90100 Oulu

Mailing address for screeners, links and other materials


assistant@oufilmcenter.fi Oulu International Children's and Youth Film Festival Hallituskatu 7 90100 OULU