Mika Ronkainen

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Mika Ronkainen
Film director Mika Ronkainen in 2015.jpg
Born (1970-08-06) 6 August 1970 (age 48)
Occupationfilm director, screenwriter, producer
Years active1997-
Home townOulu, Finland

Mika Ronkainen (born August 6, 1970 in Kuusamo, Finland) is a Finnish film director from Oulu, Northern Finland. Ronkainen works with documentaries, fiction, and theatre. In June 2013 American magazine Variety selected Ronkainen as one of the ten up-and-coming European directors to watch.[1]


Ronkainen's international breakthrough film was Screaming Men (2003), a documentary film about a Finnish screaming male choir called Mieskuoro Huutajat, followed by Freetime Machos (2009), a documentary film about a rugby team which is allegedly the most northern and the third lousiest in the world. Screaming Men had its US premiere at Sundance Film Festival in 2004, and Freetime Machos at Tribeca Film Festival in 2010.

Ronkainen's latest documentary film is a musical road movie called Finnish Blood Swedish Heart, also known as Ingen riktig finne in Swedish, and Laulu koti-ikävästä in Finnish. The film has been awarded with several awards including two Jussi Awards (Finnish Oscars) in 2014: Best Documentary and Best Music, and the Dragon Award for Best Nordic Documentary at Göteborg Film Festival in 2013. Ronkainen adapted the documentary as a theatre play, which had its premiere at Oulu City Theatre in 2016.

Ronkainen's first TV series, All the Sins, a six episode crime-drama that's set in Northern Finland, will be released in 2019. Ronkainen directed and co-wrote the series.

Ronkainen is one of the founders of Air Guitar World Championships which is organized annually in his hometown Oulu, Finland.


TV series[edit]

  • All the Sins (2019)


Concert Film[edit]

  • SentencedBuried Alive (concert film) (2006)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Variety Taps 10 Euro Directors to Watch". Variety. 5 June 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2013.