Jukka-Pekka Laakso is the festival director and president of the board of directors of the Tampere Film Festival. He has worked for the festival already in the early 80´s on the floor level, but he has been involved with the selection and programming since 2000. Since 1998, he also acts as the executive director for the Pirkanmaa Film Centre in Tampere. He has worked as a free-lance filmcritic for radio and magazines and is currently the chairman of the National Council for Cinema, since 2004 until 2009. Finally, he is a member of the European Film Academy.
Tampere Film Festival
Tampere Film Festival is one of the oldest and best known short film festivals in Europe. Next year will be its 37th edition and the festival strives once again to be true to its principles: To offer for 5 days the kind of films a lot of people cannot usually see in cinemas but would like to see, and to show the variety and cutting edge of this seventh art. The international competition presents 11 screenings of films that are under 30 minutes in duration. Altogether, the Tampere Film Festival has about 100 screenings.