JANNE LAIHO
Born: July 8, 1970
WORK EXPERIENCE
FREELANCE FILM DIRECTOR
2012-
I have directed various documentary films, short films, poetry videos, music videos and dance films both out of my own initiative, as well as a hired director in commissioned projects. Artistic collaborators and clients include: Jarmo Saari Republic, Max Lilja, Sydän Sydän, Minä ja Ville Ahonen, Theatre Academy / University of Arts Helsinki, Youth Research Network, The Family Federation of Finland, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health.
SPOON PUBLISHING LTD.
2019 -
Senior Video Producer
I am in charge of Spoon's video production in Finland.
YAMI CREATIVE
2009-2019
Managing Creative Director
I managed this creative agency. In addition to the managerial tasks of running a company, I defined the creative direction of client companies and also had various audiovisual production and post-production roles in projects. These roles included: film directing, film editing, 3D- and 2D-animation, visuals style definition and execution, and overall production responsibility.
Client list includes: Nokia, Microsoft, Comptel, Ramirent, The Foreign Ministry of Finland, National Institute for Health and Welfare (Finland).
NOKIA
1999-2009
Head of Consumer Marketing Strategy / Head of Applications Marketing / Head of Market Research / Senior Business Consultant
Various leadership roles in Marketing and Market Research. Headed teams with presence in Finland, Denmark, the UK and the US.  I was responsible for Consumer Marketing for Nokia's smartphone ecosystem globally. Headed the largest continuous market research initiative in the telecommunications industry anywhere at the time (project teams that I headed typically included 100+ members). Consulted the largest telecommunications carriers globally on mobile services strategy and directly contributed to the sales of multi-billion dollar systems.
More info and references per request.
EDUCATION
Master of Arts (Aalto University, School of Art and Design), 2012. Final project: Documentary short "Three Letters to a Child", tutored by Virpi Suutari.
Master of Business Administration (Helsinki School of Economics), 1997
Bachelor of Science (College of Charleston), 1995
Studies in Art Research (University of Helsinki), 2008 (84 Credits)
SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY AND ARTISTIC MERIT
The Wunderers (2018). Dance Film (short). Screenplay, directing, editing, VFX. Loikka Dance Film Festival 2019.
Maa II (2018). Poetry Video. Winner, best poetry video: Lahti Poetry Video Festival 2017.
Hemen (2016): Screenplay, directing, cinematography, editing. Tampere Film Festival 2017 (special screening). DocPoint 2017 (special screening).
Machine Soul (2015):  B-camera, VFX, post production. Love & Anarchy 2016.
The Work of an Artist (2013): Screenplay, directing, editing. Festival for New and Forgotten Film 2015.
Three Letters to a Child (2012): Screenplay, directing, cinematography, editing, music. Artova Film Festival 2012, Helsinki Short Film Festival 2012 (student works), DocPoint 2013 (student works).
Music Videos for Minä ja Ville Ahonen, Sydän Sydän and Max Lilja.
SOFTWARE SKILLS
Cinema 4D, Octane Render, Adobe Creative Cloud, Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve.
OTHER
National Team Leader (Finland), formation skydiving, 1995
Finnish National Champion, formation skydiving, 1995 & 2001
Nordic Record holder, formation skydiving 1997
United States Parachute Assocition and Finnish Aeronautical Association
Accelerated Freefall Instructor certification 1993-1998
Padi Open Water Diver 2003
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