Oulu Music Video Festival

22—25 August 2019
Oulu, Finland

Celebrating the visualisation of music and promoting Finnish music video. Nordic oddity. Cutting edge DIY.


The oldest music video festival in the world dives into a Hot Mess!

Urban Dictionary defines the term Hot Mess as follows: "When one’s thoughts or appearance are in a state of disarray but they maintain an undeniable attractiveness or beauty." The artistic director of the 26th Oulu Music Video Festival Anna-Mari Nousiainen goes on to elaborate that this year’s programme dives in and explores chaos, representation and digitality – you will see not only music videos but video art, movies and VJ-performances.

International guests, panel discussions and the pushing of the boundaries of formats

Estonian director Anna-Lisa Himma, known for her unique music videos with Tommy Cash will present her work and work process in master class-screening as well as participate as a member of the jury of the national competition series. Parisian post-production guru Clément Chasseray will hold a workshop and open up his work process for the audience. Chasseray has worked on videos for popular French rappers which have gathered tens of millions of views.

This year there will also be a panel discussion on ethnicity and the marginalization of bodies. The audience will be led into the subject by Caroline Suinner and Meriam Trabelsi of the Ruskeat Tytöt and Pehmee collectives.

Artistic director Anna-Mari Nousiainen will curate an exhibition that continues the Hot Mess theme. The exhibition focuses on media art and sculptures that use new technology. The themes of the artists range from social media to the edges of the digital world as well as body image and pop culture. Artists Emma Ainala, Hemuloordi and Munalissu are just a few of the many fresh artists exhibiting their art.

Insane journeys and meditations on humanity

Two of the movies seen at this year’s festival are Beats and French Kiss Goes to Oulu. Director Brian Welsh of Black Mirror fame and producer Steven Soderberg bring you Beats, a movie about friendship and the liberating force of dance music backed with a powerful soundtrack of electronic music. French Kiss Goes to Oulu is a documentary on the crazy journey of the air guitarist French Kiss travelling from France to Oulu for the Air Guitar World championship.

Domestic flavor at the festival comes from short movies curated by Otto Suuronen and VJ Indigo’s experimental Avaruusromua 28 vuotta: Betonisen aikakauden muistomerkit. VJ Indigo will also perform at the after parties with the likes of Serot and Draama-Helmi.

The corner stone of the festival is of course the national competition series backed by the Carte Blanche screenings and retrospectives from industry professionals.

The full programme will be released in the end of July with more screenings, movies and artists!

The Finnish Music Video Competition

The Finnish Music Video Competition is now closed for submissions!

Videos sent to the competition will be divided to the competition series and showcase series. The competition series will be further divided by themes. All videos will be screened at the festival.The winners will be awarded at the Pumpeligaala awards ceremony on Saturday 24th of August. Winners will be chosen by the jury and will receive trophies designed by Ninni Luhtasaari.

Directors will compete for the main prize the ‘Kultapumpeli’, the winner of which also receives 2500 euros sponsored by 45 Special and Zivago. The most promising new director wins the ‘Teinipumpeli’ as well as color grading time courtesy of Toastpost. Winner of the best cinematography wins the ‘Linssipumpeli’ and equipment rental from Valofirma The Light House and Kamerafirma The Camera House. On top of the aforementioned, the jury will award four music videos with honorary mentions. All videos compete for the audience award. The MES foundation will award 2000 euros for the person who has done most to advance Finnish music video with their work.



Hallituskatu 7
90100 Oulu

Saaristonkatu 12
90100 Oulu


Kirkkokatu 29
90100 Oulu

Hallituskatu 7
90100 Oulu



Postal address: 
Oulu Music Video Festival 
Cultural Centre Valve, P.O. Box 42, 90015
City of Oulu, Finland 

Calling address: 
Hallituskatu 7, 2nd floor 

tel: +358 8 5700 500 
fax: +358 8 5584 7599


Executive Producer
tel. +358 45 651 6596

Artistic Director

Technical coordinator

Asta Salomaa, Katariina Sarja, Toni Alatalo, Antti Haaranen, Roos Hekkens, Juha Löppönen, Sallamaari Paavola, Riku Rousu, Tuua Savuoja & Leena Vuolteenaho