Otto Kylmälä


Otto Kylmälä is an award winning Finnish filmmaker who has studied film in Czech Republic and the UK. His latest short film, Mother (2015) was an international co-production supported by Finnish and Croatian Film Foundations, which had its international premiere at the Tampere Film Festival and is currently touring the festival circuit. At the Kone Foundation’s 2016 residency program, he will focus on writing his first feature film script Sininen kausi (Blue State).

Otto works primarily as a fiction, music video and commercial director, but he is also a film critic and an artistic director of festivals. He is the artistic director of two Finnish film festivals, Loud Silents silent film festival and Oulu Music Video Festival and he does programming and consulting for different film festivals around Europe. As a film critic he is a member of the international critics association FIPRESCI and he has served in short film and music video juries in Ireland, Finland and Norway. Recently he just received a grant to write his first film book, dealing with the relationship between music and moving image.