Finnish animation celebrates its 100th anniversary
Finnish animation industry has developed strongly in international scale. Not alone in Europe, Finnanimation has done lots of promotion in Asia. Due to Moomins and Angry Birds, the soil has been good from Japan to Indonesia.
Maxim 2 was one of the three cinemas in Helsinki that showed the very first Finnish animations made by Eric Vasström. The year was 1914. This is why 2014 is celebrated as the 100th anniversary for Finnish animation.
Managing director for Finnanimation and the coordinator of the anniversary, Liisa Vähäkylä says that animation education could easily become one of the spearheads for Education Export from Finland just like animated features has been the spearheads for Finnish Audiovisual Export.
Whole year is full of events around Finland, from the South to the North, from the Finnish-Swedish archipelago to the outback in Lapland, evidencing Finnish animation’s fruitful past and present. The main target of the year is in developing educational matters.