RESUME
23 March 2019

Name: Mari Soppela
Nationalities: Finnish, Dutch
Occupation: Independent documentary filmmaker
Education: MA, Computing in Design, Middlesex University, London UK

Mari Soppela has always been interested in visuals, stories and new narrative forms. Since early 1990’s, she has worked in the fields of cross media and creative documentary. Mari has made art videos, interactive video installations, internationally acclaimed CDROM’s, TV leaders, websites and creative documentaries. She lives and works in Amsterdam and Finland.

IN PROCUCTION

2019 THE GLASS CEILING – LASIKATTO
Creative documentary | Script writer and director Mari Soppela | Producers Julia Ton and Mari Soppela, LPMA Productions (FI) | Co-producers Alex and Ira Tondowski/Tondowski Films (GE), Hlin Johannisdottir/Ursus Parvus (IS) and Femke Wolting (NL)| In co-production with Erkko Lyytinen/Yle (FI) and Claudia Bucher/Arte (FR) | With support of Outi Rousu/AVEK (FI), Piia Nokelainen/The Finnish Film Foundation (FI), Sigurrós Hilmarsdóttir/The Icelandic Film Centre (IS) and Frank Peijnenburg/The Netherlands Film Fund (NL)

IN POST-PRODUCTION

2019 A YEAR ON THE SACRED MOUNTAIN – VUOSI PYHÄTUNTURILLA
Creative documentary | Script writer, DP and director Mari Soppela | Editors Giles Gardner and Mari Soppela | Original music and sound design Leo Anemaet | Producer Mari Soppela and Leo Anemaet, LPMA Productions & Recordings (FI&NL)

FILMOGRAPHY

2015 WHO THE DEVIL CAN SEE IN THE DARK
Creative documentary, 70 min | Mari Soppela & Leo Anemaet, LPMA Productions (FI) | Julia Ton & Kees Kasander, Cinatura (NL) | Yle, Iikka Vehkalahti (FI) | Avek, Timo Korhonen & Outi Rousu (FI) | The Netherlands Film Fund (NL) |
2015: Tampere Film Festival (FI) | Yle1, 2.2.2015 | Docpoint Helsinki Documentary Festival (FI)

2008 HOME RECORDINGS
Creative documentary, 75 min | Leo Anemaet & Mari Soppela, LPMA Productions (FI) | Ruth Waldburger, Vega Film (CH) | Bob Visser, Neon Media (NL) | Paul Riniker & Urs Augustburger, SF Schweizer Fernsehen (CH) | Erkki Astala, Yle Co-productions (FI)
2013: Teema-Yle, 8.8.2013 |
2011: Yle1, 21.12.2011 |
2010: SF Schweizer Fernsehen, 17.2.2010 | 2010: The Solothurn Film Festival (CH) |
2009: Visions du Réel, Nyon (CH) | Pärnu Film Festival (EE) | The Netherlands Film Festival, Utrecht (NL) |
2008: International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (NL)

2002 FAMILY FILES
Creative documentary, 72 min | Kees Kasander, The Kasander Film Company (NL) | Claes Olsson, Kinoproduction (FI) | Iikka Vehkalahti, Dokumenttiprojekti, Yle2 (FI) | The Netherlands Film Fund, O&O (NL)
2015: Docpoint Helsinki Documentary Festival |
2004: Festival du Cinema Nordique, Rouen (FR) | Sarajevo Winter Festival (BiH) | FIPA International Festival of Audiovisual Programs, Biarritz (FR) Tromso International Film Festival (NO) |
2003: Bergen International Film Festival (NO) | Nordisk Panorama, Malmö (SE) |
2002: Taiwan International Documentary Festival, Taipei (CN) | Ismailia International Film Festival (EG) | Nederlandse Film Festival, Utrecht (NL) | Docuzone cinemas Amsterdam, Breda, Den Haag, Eindhoven, Groningen, Maastricht, Nijmegen, Rotterdam and Utrecht 30.5.-5.6.2002 (NL) | Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki (FI) | Tampere Film Festival (FI)

CROSS MEDIA ART & DESIGN (selection)

2018 LASIKATTO.FILM | Website
2017 LASIKATTO.CLUB | Blog
2015 LPMA.NL | Website
2005 VIDEOLETTERS | TV leader and titles | Eric van den Broek & Katarina Rejger
2004 26000 GEZICHTEN | Leader | Co-design Reinier van Brummelen | Interakt (NL)
2000 HEIMOLA | Interactive installation | 2000: DEAF_00, V2, Unstable Media, Rotterdam (NL)
1998 FAMILY FILES CDROM | Mediamatic | The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture |
Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki (FI) | Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Video-Forum (D) |
2015: Welcome to the Future, Brussels (BE) |
2003: Dissonanze – duemilatre, Roma (IT) |
1999: Pakattu – maailma rompuilla, Helsinki (FI) | SWR>> Die 50 Besten, Sudwest-TV (D) |
1998: Festival Video de Navarra (ES) | Videolisboa, Lissabon (PT) | Online@Offline, Tallinn (EE) | Videonale 8, Bonn (D) | Anticipation, Centre pour l’Image Contemporaire, Geneve (CH) | Avecom, Museum of Modern Art, Arnhem (NL) | Festival of Film and New Media on, Athens (GR) | Transmediale, Berlin (D) | Rotterdam International Film Festival (NL) |
1997 Microwave Festival, Hong Kong (UK)
1994 DOORS OF PERCEPTION CDROM | Interaction and interface design & programming (Lingo) | Mediamatic | The Netherlands Design Institute
1993 TRUTHTABLE | Interactive video installation |  1994: Foro Artistico, Hannover (D) | 1993: Paradiso, Amsterdam (NL)
1992 LUMI | Hybrid video with 3D animation of particle systems |  1994: Hong Kong International Film Festival (UK) | 1993: London Film Festival (UK)
1989 JÄKÄLÄ | My first video | 1990 Yle TV1 (FI) | 1989: Kuopio International Video Festival (FI)

AWARDS, NOMINATION

2003 FAMILY FILES | Main Prize, Nordisk Panorama (SE)
2002 FAMILY FILES | Quality Grant, Ministry of Culture Finland (FI)
2002 FAMILY FILES | Main Prize, Tampere Film Festival (FI)
1999 FAMILY FILES CDROM | Nomination International Award for Video, ZKM, Karlsruhe (D)
1995 DOORS OF PERCEPTION CDROM | Meta Design Award, Interactive Media Festival, Los Angeles (USA)
1995 DOORS OF PERCEPTION CDROM | New Voices, New Visions Award, Wired Magazine and Voyager Company, New York (USA)
1995 DOORS OF PERCEPTION CDROM | Nomination for Rotterdam Design Prize (NL)

MEMBERSHIP

2015 EWA | European women’s audiovisual network
2008 VEVAM | Dutch Collective Management Organisation (CMO)
2003-2014 DDG | Dutch Directors Guild

PRESS AND MEDIA

2018 THE ENEMY IN CONTEMPORARY FILM, Löschnigg, Martin / Sokołowska-Paryż, Marzena, Berlin: De Gruyter (DE)
2017 MARI SOPPELA KERTOO SUKUNSA TARINAN ELOKUVASSA FAMILY FILES, Seija Lappalainen, Rovaniemi: Lapin Kansa (FI)
2017 KIISTELTY DOKUMENTTI HAUTAUTUI VUOSIKSI, Leena Virtanen, Helsinki: Helsingin Sanomat (FI)
2017 FAMILY FILES – PALKITTU DOKUMENTTI TV:SSÄ ENSI KERTAA, Lauri Itäkangas, Helsinki: Yle (FI)
2016 FINNISH HISTORY DOCUMENTARIES AS HISTORY CULTURE, Jukka Kortti, Helsinki: Studies in Documentary Film (FI)
2015 SAKSALAISSUKUA ETSIMÄSSÄ, Siru Valleala, Helsinki: Ilta-Sanomat (FI)
2015 VEM FAN SER NU I MÖRKRET!, Pia Ingström, Helsingfors: Huvudstadsbladet (FI)
2015 KUKA PIRU PIMEÄSSÄ NÄKEE, Onnimanni Liukkonen, Helsinki: TV-maailma (FI)
2015 WHO THE DEVIL CAN SEE IN THE DARK, Antti Alanen, Helsinki: Film blog (FI)
2015 SODAN GEENIPERIMÄ, Jonna Tapanainen, Helsinki: Me Naiset (FI)
2014 EXPANDING PRACTICES IN AUDIOVISUAL NARRATIVE, Raivo Kelomees, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (UK)
2013 YHTEISTÄ SÄVELTÄ ETSIMÄSSÄ, Kirsikka Arkimies, Rovaniemi: Lapin Kansa (FI)
2013 RAKKAUS VAIN KATOSI, Leena Virtanen, Helsinki: Helsingin Sanomat (FI)
2008 ELOKUVA PELASTI PARISUHTEEN, Helsinki: Harri Römpötti, Helsinki: Helsingin Sanomat (FI)
2008 SCENES UIT MIJN HUWELIJK, Marijn van der Jagt, Amsterdam: Vrij Nederland (NL)
2007 ENNEN JA JÄLKEEN TUOMIOPÄIVÄN, Marjukka Vakkuri, Rovaniemi: Lapin Kansa (FI)
2007 PYHÄTUNTURILLA TEHDÄÄN KANSAINVÄLISTÄ LASTENELOKUVAA, Jyri Tynkkynen, Pohjois-Suomen Uutiset, Rovaniemi: Yle (FI)
2007 KÄRÄJÄOIKEUS HYLKÄSI SUKULAISTEN SYYTTEET ELOKUVAOHJAAJAA VASTAAN, Eeva Palm, Helsinki: Helsingin Sanomat (FI)
2007 TUOMIOPÄIVÄN ODOTUSTA TUNTURIN JUURELLA, Eeva Palm, Helsinki: Helsingin Sanomat (FI)
2007 SALAISET KANSIOT | Inhimillinen Tekijä | Helena Itkonen | YLE2 (FI)
2004 MOTION TO DISMISSAL FAMILY FILES, Hannele Selin-Hakala, Tampere District Prosecutor (FI)
2004 BETWEEN A DOC AND A HARD PLACE, Archie Thomas, London: Variety Magazine (UK)
2004 GODARDIN TUOTTAJA ISKEYTYI MUKAAN, Sirpa Heikkinen, Oulu: Kaleva (FI)
2004 SUKULAISET LOUKKAANTUVAT DOKUMENTISTA, Leena Virtanen, Helsinki: Helsingin Sanomat (FI)
2002 TUSSEN DE REINDIEREN, Ronald Ockhuysen, Amsterdam: De Volkskrant (NL)
2002 KLEINE FILM GROTE KLASSE, Leo Bankersen, Nijmegen: De Gelderlander (NL)
2002 EINDELOOS DELENDE EGO-SPLITSCREENS, Dana Linssen, Rotterdam: NRC Handelsblad (NL)
2002 PISTÄVÄN KAUNIS PERHE-ELOKUVA, Markus Määttänen, Tampere: Aamulehti (FI)
2001 NATURE IS NEVER WRONG, Arjen Mulder, Amsterdam: Het fotografisch genoegen (NL)
1999 HOME TRUTH, Pauline Bax, New York: Interactions, ACM (USA)
1998 MARI SOPPELA PASSIKUVASSA | Arvo Tuominen | YLE1 (FI)
1998 MARI SOPPELA, Mike Leggett, Sydney: World Art (AU)
1998 FAMILY FILES CDROM, Geert-Jan Strengholt, Amsterdam: Montevideo (NL)
1998 MARI SOPPELA’S FAMILY FILES, Dirk van Weelden, Amsterdam: Mediamatic Magazine (NL)
1997 MARI SOPPELA, Rene Pingen, Amsterdam: Bulletin (NL)