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About Pia

Pia Andell has made films since 1992.
She is the founder of the production company Of Course My Films.

CURRICULUM VITAE 

Pia Andell
Film director, born 31.12.1964, in Turku, Finland

Studies:

2006 Eurodoc graduate
1994 MA, University of Tampere, Journalism, Tampere
1993 In exchange in la FEMIS (State Film School), Paris, France
1992 MA, University of Applied Arts, Film school, Helsinki

Language skills: Finnish, Swedish, English, French, German.

FILMOGRAPHY

(No festivals, only awards mentioned.)

2016 (Upcoming)

PYSÄHDYS / A HALT
(fiction 6 min.)
Written directed and produced by Pia Andell. 

2015
LEVYT JA VALOKUVAT / RECORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHS
(fiction, 29 min.),
Written by Ville Syrjä, directed and produced by Pia Andell.
Awards:
Best Nordic Fiction 2015, Minimalen, Trondheim, Norway. Best Film 2015, The Golden Herring Prize, Baltic Sea FilmFestival.
State of Finland's Prize of Quality 2016.

2013
MESENAATTI / PATRON
(documentary film, 69 min., theatrical release)
Written, directed and produced by Pia Andell.
Awards:
Arctic Glory Main Prize 2014.
Arctic Glory Honorary Mention 2014 (Music).
Tampere Film Festival Diploma of Merit 2014.
State of Finland's Prize of Quality 2014.

2012
MATKUSTAJA / PASSENGER
(documentary film, 28 min.)
Written, directed and produced by Pia Andell.
International premiere in IDFA, Amsterdam.
Awards:
Best short film, Olympia Festival, Greece 2013.
Best Film, Youth Jury, Olympia Festival, Greece 2013.
State of Finland's Prize of Quality 2013.

2011
HAVAHTUMINEN - OTTO MÄKILÄN UNEKSITTU JA KUVITELTU MAAILMA /AWAKENING - THE IMAGINED AND INVENTED WORLD OF OTTO MÄKILÄ
(documentary film, 45 min.)
Written, directed and produced by Pia Andell.
Awards:
State of Finland's Prize of Quality 2012.

2010
GÖRINGIN SAUVA / GÖRING'S BATON
(documentary film, 38 min.)
Written, directed and produced by Pia Andell.
Awards:
Main Prize, Tampere Film Festival, Finland 2011.
Best Foreign Film, Minneapolis St. Paul Intl. Film Festival ,United States 2010.
State of Finland's Prize of Quality 2011.

2008
LEIKKI / PLAYING ADULTS
(documentary film, 62 min.)
Written, directed and produced by Pia Andell.

2005
HETKET JOTKA JÄIVÄT / Y IN VYBORG
(documentary film, 52 min.)
Written, directed and produced by Pia Andell.
Awards:
Prix Europa Special Mention, Berlin, Germany, 2006.Special Prize, Tampere, Finland, 2006.
Honorary Mention, Documenta Madrid Spain 2006.
Jury's First Special Prize, Banff, Canada, Audience's Favorite, Arctic Glory. 
State of Finland's Prize of Quality. 

2004
MAAILMASSA / IN THE WORLD
(documentary film, 55 min.)
Written and directed by Pia Andell.
World premiere in Lubeck Film Festival 2004.

8MM KATSE, 8MM GAZE
(10 part series is short documentary films, 6-10 min.)
Written and directed by Pia Andell and Kanerva Cederström, produced by ELO.

2003
KANE JA ALLU / KANE AND ALLU
(documentary film, 17 min.)
Written and directed by Pia Andell, produced by Yle.
Part of European Broadcasting Union Youth Series.
Selected to IDFA.

2001
PIENI ELOKUVA SISARUUSUHTEISTA / A SMALL FILM ON SIBLING RELATIONS
(documentary film, 20 min.)
Written and directed by Pia Andell.

2000
7 SYYTÄ KÄYDÄ HAUTAUSMAALLA / SEVEN REASONS TO VISIT A CEMETERY
(documentary film, 9 min.)
Written and directed by Pia Andell, produced by Yle.

1999
LAIVA / CRUISE
(documentary film 55 min.)
Written and directed by Pia Andell, produced by Production House Ltd.
Awards:
Diploma of Merit, Tampere Film Festival, Finland 2000.
Special Prize, Pärnu Int'l Festival 2000.

1997
ISOISÄ DUROVIN IHMEMAA / GRANDPA DUROV'S WONDERLAND
(documentary film, 57 min.)
Written and directed by Pia Andell, produced by Yle.

1996
PERE LACHAISE - NEKROPOLIS / PERE LACHAISE - NECROPOLIS
(documentary film, 50 min.)
Written and directed by Pia Andell, produced by Yle.
Awards:
Special Prize, Tampere Film Festival, Finland 1996.
Koura-prize 1996, Helsinki.
International FIAT/IFTA award, Budapest, Hungary, 1997.

1995
CINEMA PARIS ELI VIATTOMUUS VAARASSA / CINEMA PARIS OR INNOCENCE AT RISK
(documentary film, 28 min.)
Written and directed by PA, produced by Yle.

1994
ELÄMÄ KAKSOSENA / A LIFE AS A TWIN
(documentary film, 28 min.)
Written and directed by PA, produced by Yle.

1992
KAKSI TAPAA LÄHESTYÄ KOTIA / TWO WAYS TO APPROACH HOME
(documentary film, 40 min.)
Written and directed by Pia Andell and Umayya Abu-Hanna, produced by Yle.

OTHER CREATIVE WORKS

1998
JOUSIMIEHEN AIKA / TIME OF SAGITTARIUS
(radio drama, 28 min.)
Written with Ilkka Alvoittu, directed by Pia Andell, produced by Yle.

Pia Andell has worked in Finnish Broacasting Company Yleisradio (Yle) as a producer (1998-2000), In FinnIsh Film Foundation as acommissioning editor (2000-2001), in AVEK (the foundation for supporting audiovisual work) as a commissioning editor (2008-2010) and a tutor in several workshops.

She is a mother of two girls ( b. 1997 and 2001) and an avid tennis player, sculpturer and raker - when and wherever there are leaves to be raked. 

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