Who we are
Merja Ritola started her career as an artisan of wardrobe. Since 2000 she has been working from production assistant to the production management and finally 2009 started producing short films. During her career she has participated in EAVE and EWA workshops and since 2012 she has been an independent producer for short films, documentaries and fiction features.
Ritola’s productions include the feature documentary The Seamstress by Ville Suhonen, which won 2016 a Jussi Award for the Best Documentary Film and the award-winning short films The Best Friend by Johan Karrento and The Bicycle Man by Aarne Norberg, the internationally acclaimed feature documentary The Voice of Sokurov by Leena Kilpeläinen and the nationally acclaimed fiction feature Apeiron by Maria Ruotsala.
Essi Haukkamaa has worked in the film industry from 1995, both in Europe and in Australia. She was born in Finland but in 2003 migrated to Australia and has since called both of the countries home. Currently she is living in Sydney.
She has worked as a producer in both feature films and TV programmes and started production company Greenlit Productions in 2011. The company's focus is to produce quality drama and documentaries. As a producer, her aim is to create an environment for the people she is working with, where their creativity and talent can bloom.
Essi has completed Master of Arts in Media Production degree in Griffith University, Brisbane and is currently doing PhD research in University of Wollongong. Her research topic is about International Co- Production in feature films.
Inderjit Kaur Khalsa
Inderjit Kaur Khalsa is a Finnish director and screenwriter. Her most recent feature length documentary films are War/Peace (2017) and The Boys of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn (2014).
Inderjit studied filmmaking in New York Film Academy and has a Master Degree from Theater Academy in Helsinki. Besides of filmmaking she runs a yoga studio in Helsinki and is a published author of two nonfiction books. She lives in Helsinki with her 11-years old son.
Maria Ruotsala has studied fine arts in Helsinki. She was the Young Artist of the Year in 1990. Her works of art are included in the collections of Kiasma - Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, and at Centre Pompidou in Paris. She studied film in London, receiving the Fuji Stipend for Best Director.
Her films include the award-winning short films Hyper Sensitive (40’) and Rosegarden (50’). Happy Home, her TV mini-series won critical and audience acclaim, bringing her the award for Best Female Actress at the annual Venla Gala, the “Finnish Emmys”. Her 1st feature film is Apeiron, a feature film receiving widespread critical acclaim. Maria Ruotsala has been described as a talented visionary, a unique filmmaker, and one of the brightest hopes in Finnish cinema. She currently works on her 2nd feature film Black Sun.