Ecfa jury

The ECFA JURY will be handing out the ECFA AWARD to the "Best European Children's Film" at Kristiansand International Children's Film Festival 2017.

The awarded film will also be nominated for the "Overall ECFA Award 2017" which is given to the "Best European Children's Film of the Year". This award is decided on the basis of votes from all of the ECFA members. The winner will be presented during the Berlinale, february 2018.

Festival Director
Finland

Eszter Vuojala was born in 1954 in Budapest, Hungary. She graduated from the University of Debrecen where she studied languages, literature and film history. 

She moved to Finland in 1979 and worked as a lecturer at the University of Oulu. Since 1990 she has been working for the Oulu International Children's Film Festival as co-ordinator and programmer and the last 10 years as festival director. She was the member of the ECFA board for 6 years in the 90s.

The Oulu International Children's and Youth Film Festival (founded in 1982) was the first children's film festival in the Nordic Countries and is still the only international children's film festival in Finland.

Curator and festival programmer
Latvia

Being a member of Riga International Film festival's team since its' foundation in 2014, Kristine curates children's film and event programme KIDS WEEKEND.

Having studied film in France and actively working in cinema journalism for the past 5 years, she is contributing to the popularization of European children's films in Latvia, as well as sustaining dialogue among the festival and various local educational initiatives.

In the past years Riga IFF has grown to become largest film event for children and young audiences, regularly showcasing the most recent European cinematic works and engaging the audience in workshops and discussions.

Artistic Director
The Netherlands

Remke Oosterhuis is one of the Artistic Directors of the Fantastic Children's Film Festival in The Netherlands. Together with Tessa van Grafhorst, she created the concept of this longstanding festival.

The festival aims to inspire children to use their imagination by combining films and thematically linked imaginative installations. Children can play before and after the film in an inspiring landscape with installations that trigger all their senses and give plenty of opportunity for their own creativity and imagination.

The festival tours each year 10 – 12 cinemas in The Netherlands. With their company 'De Taartrovers' (The Cake Robbers) that has a team of artists, they create art installations, workshops, filmlabs, a children's cinema and artistic concepts for Museums, Festivals, Music Venues and other organisations. They work closely together with EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam.

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