Iiris Härmä

M.A. Iiris Härmä has over 15 years experience as a producer, production coordinator, director and writer in documentary film productions. Her background is in Ethnology and Cultural Studies in which she received MA in University of Turku, and Film Studies diploma from The New School University, NY.

Iiris Härmä is the other founding member of Guerilla Films with her husband documentary film director Visa Koiso-Kanttila.

She is also an active member of  PINGIS, the community of Finnish forefront women documentarists. Iiris Härmä has produced and directed several award-winning short and feature-length documentaries that have acclaimed international reputation in various film festivals around the world.

Filmography

Director
LEAVING AFRICA - A Story about friendship and empowerment. A documentary film 84 min. 2015.

Director
THE CHILD OF SILENT WINTER. A documentary film about loneliness, 21 min. 2012. In co-operation with YLE TV1.co-productions. Oulu Int Children’s FF 2012, Nordisk Panorama 2012, Tampere IFF, Jury’s special award 2013. Reikäreuna Finland 2012, Helsinki Short Film Festival, The Best Finnish Professional Short Documentary Award 2012. Docpoint 2013. Tromsa Int. FF Norway 2013. It’s All True, Jury’s special award, Brazil 2013, Ankara IFF Turkey 2013. Dhaka IFF Bangladesh 2013, Guanajuata IFF Mexico 2013, Uppsala Int. Short FF Sweden 2013, West Nordisk IFF Norway 2013, Zoom Rights Sarajevo 2013, Vilnius Film Shorts Lithuania 2013, Montenegro FF Jury’s Special award 2014. Quality Prize of Arts Council of Finland 2013.

Director
LOOK AT ME, A documentary film about special needs class, 68 min. 2010. In co-operation with YLE Co-productions. Oulu Int. Children’s and Youth FF. Docpoint 2011, Tampere FF 2011, Beldocs 2011. China int Children’s FF, Uninvited Paris FF 2011, Nordisk Panorama 2011, Reikäreuna 2011. awards: Church Media Foundation award 2011, Honorary mention in Tampere IFF2011. Quality Prize of Arts Council of Finland 2011.

Producer
A PORTRAIT OF A MAN - A documentary film. 80 min. Directed by Visa Koiso-Kanttila
Guerilla Films 2010

Producer
MEANING OF LIFE – A documentary film. 11 min.
Guerilla Films 2008

Director
YOU LIVE AND BURN - A documentary film about two roma siblings on the verge of adulthood. Guerilla Films 2007. 69 min
In co-operation with YLE Co-productions.
Festivals: Docpoint, Helsinki 2008; Tampere International Short Film Festival 2008, Viscult 2008, Arctic Glory 2008. Released by SVT Sweden. Royal Anthropological Film Festival 2009, Astra Film Festival Romania 2009, Göttingen International Film Festival 2010.

Producer
A WINTER'S JOURNEY
A documentary film. Directed by Visa Koiso-Kanttila Guerilla Films Ltd 2007

Director
TOMORROW’S MEMORIES.
Creative documentary film. 28 min. Yleisradio TV1 Finland.
Guerilla Films Ltd. 2004. Viscult Joensuu 2004, Kettupäivät Helsinki 2004. Filmmor, Istanbul 2005, DocAviv, Tel Aviv 2005. Milano International Film Festival 2004, Izmir International Short Film festival 2004.

Producer
FATHER TO SON, Creative documentary film, 70 min & 58 min. Dir: Visa Koiso-Kanttila. Yleisradio TV 1 Finland, SVT 1, Cinematic release in Finland. Guerilla Films Ltd. 2004.

Production assistant, Second director
END OF THE LINE, Creative documentary film, 64 min. Dir: Visa Koiso-Kanttila
Guerilla Films Ltd. 2000.


Visa Koiso-Kanttila

M.A. Visa Koiso-Kanttila was born in Finland in 1970. He graduated from The Turku School of Art and Media in 1996 and studied documentary film in The New School University and Film/ Video Art in New York in 2000 - 2001. He graduated from the University of Art and Design Helsinki as M.A. in 2008.

Koiso-Kanttila founded his own production company Guerilla Films Ltd in 1999. He is also a co-member of Elephant Films Ltd – The Finnish director’s group. Visa Koiso-Kanttila has won several awards in film festivals. Visa Koiso-Kanttila directs and produces his films in co-operation with his wife and colleague Iiris Härmä.

TaM Visa Koiso-Kanttila on syntynyt Oulussa 1970. Hän on valmistunut Turun taideakatemiasta vuonna 1996 ja opiskellut dokumenttielokuvan ohjausta The New School University:ssa ja Film/ Video Art:ssa New Yorkissa sekä Taideteollisessa korkeakoulussa. Hänen dokumenttinsa ovat voittaneet useita elokuvapalkintoja. Koiso-Kanttila on myös elokuvatuotantoyhteisö Elefantin jäsen. Visa Koiso-Kanttila ohjaa ja tuottaa elokuvansa yhteistyönä vaimonsa ja kollegansa Iiris Härmän kanssa.

Filmography

MIEHEN KUVA | PORTRAIT OF A MAN - a film about longing for love
Guerilla Films 2010 (tammikuu), 81 min.
In co-operation with YLE Co-productions

Festivals: Hot Docs 2010, Toronto; DocPoint Helsinki 2010; EBS International Documentary Festival 2010, Seoul; Viscult 2010, Joensuu; DokLeipzig 2010; Artic Glory 2011, Jyväskylä; Tempo Documentary Film Festival 2011, Stockholm; Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival 2011

Awards: Honorary mention, Nordisk Panorama 2010, Bergen; Silver FIPA –award, FIPA 2011 (International Festival of Audiovisual Programs), Biarritz; Honorary Mention, Nordic Glory 2011, Jyväskylä; The Quality Prize of the Finnish Art Council 2010

MEANING OF LIFE - a poetic short film about seeking happiness
Guerilla Films 2008, 11 min.
In co-operation with YLE TEEMA Co-productions
Festivals: Queens International film Festival NY 2008, DocPoint Helsinki 2009, Tampere International Short Film Festival 2009, London International Documentary Festival (LIDF)

TALVINEN MATKA | A WINTER’S JOURNEY - a documentary film about singing and a young man in search of himself and his voice
Guerilla Films 2007, 73 min. & 58 min. versions
In co-operation with YLE Co-productions, ARTE G.E.I.E, SVT
Festivals (April 2007): Docpoint, Helsinki 2007; Tampere International Short Film Festival 2007; Hot Docs, Toronto 2007

ISÄLTA POJALLE | FATHER TO SON
- a documentary film about childhood and fatherhood
Produced by Guerilla Films in co-operation with Elephant Films 2004, 70 min. & 58 min.
International sales: Esther van Messel, First Hand Films
Broadcasters: Against Gravity Poland, EBS Doc Fest South-Korea, SVT Sweden, Noga Channel 8 Israel, Rai SAT Italy, Sogecable Spain, Portugal, Andorra; TSI Switzerland, TVC Televiso de Catalunya Spain
Awards: The Best Nordic Documentary Film 2004, Nordisk Panorama; Risto Jarva Prize – The best Finnish short / documentary film in 2004, Tampere International Short Film Festival (FIN); A Quality Prize of the Finnish Film Art Board 2004; The Best Documentary Film – Audience Award 2005, Lato Filmow, Poland
Festivals: Hot Docs 2004, Toronto; IDFA 2004, Amsterdam; Gothenburg International Film Festival 2004, Sweden; DocPoint 2004, Helsinki; Nordisk Panorama Panorama 2004, Reykjavik; “Sights of the Turn of the Century: bordering conflicts” –seminar 2004, Mexico City; Tempo 2004, Stockholm, Adelaine Film Festival 2005, Australia; Docaviv 2005, Tel Aviv 2005; Input 2005, San Francisco, USA, Guth Gafa, Ireland 2006, Seoul Documentary Film Festival, Korea 2005 etc.

VIIMEISTÄ PÄIVÄÄ | END OF THE LINE - Notes about consequences of globalisation
Produced by Guerilla Films in co-operation with Elephant Films 2000, 64 min.
Released by YLE TV2 Documentary Project, Finland, SVT Sweden, Switzerland TV
Festivals: Kettupäivät (FIN), The International Documentary Film Symposium 2001 in Latvia

AKTIVISTI | THE ACTIVIST - a documentary film about a young man’s battle for his conviction,
Produced by Mosaic Films (London) and Guerilla Films in 2000, 34 min.
Part of the Documentary Series called Eureka Eutopia released by BBC, Arte, YLE TV2 Documentary Project, SVT Sweden etc.
Festivals: Tampere International Short Film Festival (FIN), Kettupäivät (FIN), Fike 2001 (Portugal)

INSHA ALLAH - JOS JUMALA SUO | INSHA ALLAH – GOD WILLING
- A documentary of two cultures meeting
Produced by Millennium Films 1999, 54 min.
Released by YLE TV2 Documentary Project
Festivals: The International Documentary Film Symposium '99 in Latvia, Kettupäivät (FI), Tampere International Short Film Festival (FI), Beeld Voor Beeld Amsterdam, Ethno Film Festival Berlin, Gava Film Festival (Portugal), Viscult (FI), Prix Europa
Awards: Quality Prize of the Finnish Film Art Board 2000

KARKOTETUT | THE BANISHED - A documentary about neighborhood youngsters' struggle for survival
Produced by Epidem 1998, 52 min.
Released by YLE TV2 Documentary Project, SVT Swedish Television 1, ARTE ZDF
Festivals: Nordisk Panorama, Tampere International Short Film Festival (FI), Kettupäivät (FI), Astra Film Festival (Rumania), Norvegian Short Film Festival (Norway)
Awards: A Main prize at the Tampere International Short Film Festival 1998, A Honour Prize in Kettupäivät 1998, Quality Prize of the Finnish Film Art Board 1998