Mikko is a Finnish-British filmmaker based in London who recently completed A MOMENT IN THE REEDS, his first feature as writer/director that has screened at over 70 festivals worldwide, including BFI London Film Festival, Göteborg Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival and Frameline. The film was nominated for The Discovery Award at the British Independent Film Awards as well as two Finnish Jussi awards (Best Actor & Best Supporting Actor).
In 2018 Mikko was selected onto the BFI Network X BAFTA Crew Programme and is part of the 2019 Berlinale Talents cohort.
Having moved from his native Finland to the UK for university, Mikko studied English and French literature at Nottingham University and University College London. Prior to his feature debut, he directed a number of music and fashion promos alongside working as a an editor in drama and commercials.
In his films, Mikko is most interested in exploring questions of identity - telling stories about marginalised characters and individuals at odds with society, particularly within queer and migrant cinema, and is currently developing a number of projects on these themes.
Also an actor, Mikko has most recently been seen on stage in the Arcola Queer Collective’s revival of Mae West’s ‘The Drag’ as well as making an appearance in John Cameron Mitchell’s film ‘How to Talk to Girl at Parties.’