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Moominvalley wins Best Children’s Program in Golden Venla competition

Creative director for Moominvalley and Gutsy Animations’ CEO Marika Makaroff accepted the award at the Golden Venla gala together with Alina Tomnikov, the Finnish voice actor behind Snorkmaiden.

The Golden Venla competition and gala was held on 17.1.2020. Organised by The Finnish Television Academy, the highly respected awards recognises the year's best Finnish television programs, their creators and performers. The Golden Venlas are voted by film industry professionals, who form the Academy.

Moominvalley was in fantastic company in the Best Children’s Program category, which had three finalists all together:

Moominvalley (Yle TV2, Gutsy Animations)

Nörtti: DragonSlayer666 (Yle Areena, Dionysos Films)

Pikku Kakkonen: Karhun valtakunnassa (Yle TV2, Yle lapset ja nuoret)

Critically acclaimed and highly successful Moominvalley has been an international hit and sold to over 25 territories already.

Moominvalley is based on the beloved Moomin stories by Finnish-Swedish author and artist Tove Jansson. A Finnish-British co-production, it is directed by Academy Award® winner Steve Box (Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit) and produced by Gutsy Animations in association with Yle and Sky.

The commissioning broadcasters, Yle and Sky, started successfully broadcasting the series in spring 2019. In Finland, the series saw record-breaking ratings, with one in four Finns (1.5 million people) tuning in to watch the first episode. The success continued on the VOD platform, where the show became the #1 program on YLE Areena with an average audience size of 348,000. The series enjoyed similar success in the UK, as broadcaster Sky’s second most downloaded box set in its launch week, behind Game of Thrones.

MOOMINVALLEY is distributed globally by PGS Entertainment. Please contact PGS here with enquiries.



MOOMINVALLEY is a brand new adaptation of the much-loved Moomin stories of Tove Jansson, a Finnish-Swedish writer and artist whose books have been translated into over 50 languages. Aimed at a family primetime audience, the drama fantasy series is full of life and laughter for lifelong Moomin fans and complete newcomers alike.

MOOMINVALLEY has benefitted from Business Finland Audiovisual Production Incentive. This production incentive is intended to increase international interest in Finland as a production location and to promote the development, growth, and internationalisation of Finnish companies.

About Gutsy Animations

Gutsy is a team of creators and producers who believe that the world is in need of funny, clever, gutsy and – above all – meaningful content. All of its productions are aimed at international audiences and based on a concept of genuine social impact.

About Moomin Characters

Oy Moomin Characters Ltd is the owner, originator and official company responsible for supervising and managing the Moomins' brand, copyright and registrations. The company was started in 1958 by Tove Jansson and her brother Lars Jansson and even today is run by family members. Sophia Jansson, Lars's daughter and Tove's niece, is Chairman of the Board and Creative Director at Moomin Characters. All characters from Moominvalley are registered trademarks. MOOMINVALLEY has the approval of Moomin Characters and Bulls Licensing, their global licensing agent.


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