Leena Pasanen started her carrier as a journalist in1988 at the Finnish News Agency, first as a reporter and later as a political commentator in the Parliament house. In 1993 she joined YLE, Finnish Broadcasting Company, where she worked as a reporter, political commentator, subeditor and TV presenter for the current affairs magazine programme on YLE TV1. After that she was the head of documentaries for YLE TV1 years 1999-2000. When YLE launched new digital channels, she was chosen as head of programmes responsible for cultural, factual and fiction programmes in YLE Teema, a channel focused on culture, science and education. She stayed with the channel until November 2005 when she started her work as the director of EDN, European Documentary Network in Copenhagen. In November 2008 she returned to YLE in Finland as Coordinator of Programmes at YLE Fact and Culture and is leading a two-year pilot project on 360 degree commissioning. After this she was nominated senior advisor at YLE Media and has been part of the team re-structuring YLE's broadcasting.
In May 2011 she was appointed director of Finnagora, the Finnish Institute for Culture, Science and Economy in Budapest, Hungary. Finnagora is one of the 17 culture and science institutes of Finland and it works in close cooperation with the Embassy of Finland.
Leena Pasanen has been a regular expert, tutor and lecturer for several training programmes, for example EDN, Discovery Campus, EURODOC and Television Business School. She was a EURODOC graduate in 1999 and a member of the international advisory committee of Hot Docs. She has also been a member of the board of IDFA Forum, INPUT and the Bonnier's Journalistic Award in Finland and served as a jury member at several international festivals, among others Sundance and IDFA.
Born in Johannesburg (South Africa) in 1955, he studies Architecture in Torino - Italy. After graduating is responsible for film and TV production in the Architecture Audiovisual Laboratory of the POLITECNICO DI TORINO becoming Head of Production. In 1985 he founds, with Elena Filippini and Edoardo Fracchia, STEFILM working as a director and producer.
Since 1988 he produced several one-off documentaries and documentary series. His recent international co-productions involving European broadcasters include: SONG ON A NARROW PATH - STORIES FROM JERUSALEM, LEONARDO, THE MAN BEHIND THE SHROUD? (Silver Screen Award 2002), PORTO MARGHERA – VENICE, (59th Venice Film Festival) THE MIRABELLA – SINDELFINGEN LINE, CRUMBLING HOUSES, RICE GIRLS (60th Venice Film Festival and MOMA 2003), CITIZEN BERLUSCON (nominated Grimme Award - Germany), GELATO: AN ENDLESS PASSION, MY 3 PEAKS, BUILDING THE WINTER GAMES (3 x 45'), PIEMONTE STORIES (12 x 10'), GLOBAL FOOD (4 x 52'), GLOBAL DRINKS (6 X 52'), FOOD MARKETS. IN THE BELLY OF THE CITY (5 x 52'/43')
After having directed two films in Africa ERITREA THE RED LAND and TOUGHER THAN THE REST he dedicated all his time to the production of documentary one-offs and series. Since 2008 he started once again directing selected works himself. In particular: A WORLD OF PASTA, DOCTOR ICE (selected at the Science Film Festival in Milano 2009), COFFEE PLEASE and TEA FOR ALL (part of the six part GLOBAL DRINKS series) and all 5 episodes of FOOD MARKETS. IN THE BELLY OF THE CITY.
In 1992 he graduated at the MEDIA training course ‘EAVE - European session’. He is a founder member of the Associazione FERT (Filming with a European Regard in Turin), and has directed the first sixteen editions of the annual Italian workshop DOCUMENTARY IN EUROPE. He chaired EDN (European Documentary Network) and is national coordinator for INPUT, Television in the Public Interest.
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