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I am a filmmaker based in Helsinki, Finland. I have graduated with a Master of Arts from the ELO Film School Finland in Aalto University majoring in documentary film directing (2014). I have worked over 15 years with fiction, documentary and alternative film. My work often deals with current social themes, but in addition timeless places and absurd encounters. My aim is to challenge the conventional underlying narrative framework and sound design in video and filmmaking. Using a sharp palette of poetic narration and reflective visual language, I aim to push the boundaries of video and cinematic practices. At the moment, I'm working on my debut feature film, a docufiction.

 

My work has been internationally widely shown, including festivals as New Horizons IFF, Wrocław 2022, Encounters FF, Bristol 2022, Go Short - ISFF Nijmegen 2022, Black Canvas CFF, México City 2022, FIFEQ Festival International du Film Ethnographique du Quebec 2021, Nordische Filmtage Lübeck 2021 & 2019, Tampere FF 2021 & 2019, Gijón IFF 2019 and Festival Curta Cinema - Rio de Janeiro 2018.

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RECENT FILM FESTIVALS & FILM CONCERTS

2024

Tapiola Sinfonietta, concert: Ollikainen & Räisänen 1.2.2024, Change of Faces -short film screened with composer Outi Tarkiainen’s song cycle: Eanan, gida nieida

2023

- BE POLAR Film Festival, Warsaw: Govadas

- Ribalta Experimental Film Festival, Vignola, Italy:

Flying Potato and Other Misunderstandings 

2022     

- SPHERE Festival, opening concert, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Ottawa: Change of Faces -short film screened with live orchestra: screened with composer Outi Tarkiainen’s song cycle: Eanan, gida nieida

- Encounters Film Festival, Bristol, UK, International Competition:   Flying Potato and Other Misunderstandings

- CulturaFest 2022, Helsinki: Govadas

- Black Canvas CFF, México City, international competition: 

Flying Potato and Other Misunderstandings

- Participating as an invited artist with several short films to the BeNature -film concert in Bielefeld,  Germany

- Helsinki International Film Festival, Shorts Competition:

Flying Potato and Other Misunderstandings
- New Horizons IFF, Poland, White Nights -screening: Govadas

- Go Short International Short Film Festival, Nijmegen, European competition: Flying Potato and Other Misunderstandings

 

2021

- Nordische Filmtage Lübeck:

Flying Potato and Other Misunderstandings - world premiere

- FRACTO Experimental Film Encounter, Berlin: Govadas 

- Concorto Film Festival, Focus selection: Govadas

- when the light hits just right - analogue film & photography festival, by Filmverkstaden, Vaasa: Govadas at Creating doesn’t stop -screening, curated by Kari Yli-Annala

- FIFEQ Festival International du Film Ethnographique du Quebec: Govadas

- Tampere Film Festival, Freedom to Move -screening of AV-arkki: Hotel President

- Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, online concert: 18.2.2021, Change of Faces -short film screened with composer Outi Tarkiainen’s song cycle: Eanan, gida nieida

 

2020  

- Split Film Festival, International Short Film Competition:

Paris Diaries

2019

- Gijón International Film Festival, Spain, screening: Govadas 

- Nordische Filmtage Lübeck, screening: Govadas 

- Festival des Cinémas Différents et Expérimentaux de Paris, screening: Govadas                      

- Seoul International NewMedia Festival, South Korea, screening: Govadas

- Tampere Film Festival, Finland, International Competition: Govadas

- Skábmagovat Indigenous Film Festival, Inari, Finland: Govadas

 

2018

- MUU Gala, Kuryokhin Centre, St. Petersburg, Russia, screening: Hotel President

- MUU Gala, Helsinki, screening: Hotel President

- Rex Fest, Amos Rex, Helsinki, screening: Govadas

- Festival Curta Cinema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, International Competition: Govadas

- Uppsala International Short Film Festival, International Competition: Govadas

- Antimatter Media Art Festival, Victoria, BC, Canada, screening: Govadas

- Screening of Change of Faces with live orchestra: Arctic Philharmonic, Tromsø, Norway  

- Indigenous Film Festival, Pine Ridge, South Dakota, US, world premiere: Govadas

- Vaasa Wildlife Nature Film Festival, Finland, screening: Govadas

- AAVE Festival, Helsinki, film concert: The Sound of Tempest with Aino Eerola and Jyri Pirinen

2017

- Pori International Film Festival, Finland, film concert: The Sound of Tempest with Aino Eerola and Jyri Pirinen

- Kaivos-Festival, Outokumpu, Finland, film concert: Change of Faces with Henrik Sandås, accordion  

2016

- Korundi -House of Culture, Rovaniemi, Finland, SAJOS, Sámi Cultural Centre, Inari, Finland: two concerts with short film Change of Faces with composer Outi Tarkiainen and her song cycle: Eanan, gida nieida

- Flow Festival, Helsinki, film concert: The Sound of Tempest with Aino Eerola and Jyri Pirinen

- Silence -festival, Kittilä, Finland, Premieres: The Sound of Tempest -film concert with Aino Eerola and Jyri Pirinen, screening: Le Temps de l’Escargot

- EMAP, Ewha Media Art Presentation, Seoul, South Korea, screening: The Tempest

 

RESIDENCIES AND NOMINATION

2024

Fabrikken, Copenhagen - Artist Residency: 3 months

2019

Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris - Artist Residency: 3 months

 

2017-2018

Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris - Artist Residency: 2 months

   

2016  

Väinö Tanner Foundation, Mazzano Romano, Italy - Artist Residency: 2 months

 

2015

Circolo Scandinavo, Rome - Artist Residency: 1 months              

 

2013-2014

Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris - Artist Residency: 13 months

 

2012

Sergey Dobrotvorsky’s Diploma, Seance -magazine: For the fruitful search of sources of the impossible a nomination at St. Petersburg Student Film Festival for the film Pelléas et Mélisande  

CONTACT

pokniupok@gmail.com

 

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