Film director Mika Ronkainen in 2016. Photo: Janne-Pekka Manninen.
Photo: Janne-Pekka Manninen

Mika Ronkainen is a filmmaker and theatre director based in Oulu, northern Finland.

His prize-winning and acclaimed documentaries have screened at several international film festivals including Sundance, IDFA, Karlovy Vary, Toronto Hot Docs, and Tribeca Film Festival, and art museums like MoMA PS1 in New York, Taidehalli in Helsinki, and Oulu Museum of Art.

His latest film, Finnish Blood Swedish Heart (Laulu koti-ikävästä, Ingen riktig finne), was awarded with several awards – including two Finnish Oscars (Jussi Awards) for Best Documentary and Best Music, and Dragon Award for Best Nordic Documentary at Göteborg International Film Festival 2013.

Recently Ronkainen has ventured into theatre, adapting and directing his award-winning documentary film Finnish Blood Swedish Heart for his hometown city theatre in Oulu.

Ronkainen is currently developing a feature fiction film and a TV series for MRP Matila Röhr Productions.

Selected for Variety’s Ten European Directors to Watch in 2013. Co-founder of Air Guitar World Championships. Graduated from Oulu Institute of Arts and Design in 1997.

Ronkainen has also worked as a producer, editor, and editing consultant.