Taavi Vartia

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Taavi Vartia (born 9 November 1965, in Helsinki, Finland) is a Finnish Film director, script writer and writer. Taavi Vartia has since 1990 planned, directed and produced programmes for all of Finland's national television channels: YLE TV1, YLE TV2, MTV3 and Nelonen, across a range of genres including drama, entertainment, music, profiles and documentaries. He has been involved in the production of over 1100 episodes. Vartia has also written and directed several company- and image videos for the Finnish companies. In recent years he has received recognition as a writer of young adult dramas and as a documentary film maker. Vartia has published four novels.[1] Taavi Vartia founded Taaborin kesäteatteri/ Taabori Summer Theater in Nurmijärvi[2] 2009 and started to run the movie theatre Kino Juha[3] 2019. Vartia is currently known to be the only Finnish film director to have his own cinema.

Feature Films[edit]

Programmes[edit]

Drama[edit]

  • Kevyttä yläpilveä/ World's safest place[6] (Elisa Viihde & Nelonen, Warner Bros./2020) 8 episodes. Original idea and director.
  • Huone 301/ Man in Room 301[7] (Elisa Viihde & Warner Bros./2019) Co-Producer in Greece with Ikas Film & TV Productions.
  • Keisari Aarnio/ King Liar[8] (Nelonen/ 2018), 10 episodes, directed 3.
  • Syke/ Nurses[9] (TV1 & Nelonen/ 2015-2018). Director seasons 3, 5 and 6. The third season won 2016 Kultainen Venla in category the best TV-programme.
  • Downshiftaajat/ Downshifters[10] (Elisa Viihde & YLE TV2/ 2016-2017). Director, season 2.
  • Käenpesä family drama (MTV3/ 2005–2006) 16 episodes. Director, one of many directors
  • Suolaista vettä drama for young people (TV1/ 2000) 6 episodes. Script Writer (original theme by Kari Levola)
  • Pertsan ja Kilun uudet seikkailut drama for young people (TV2/ 2000). Director and Script writer. Actors: Santeri Kinnunen, Vesa Vierikko, Eija Vilpas, Jaana Saarinen, Ismo Apell and Tapio Liinoja
  • Samaa Sukua, eri maata family drama (TV1/ 1997–98) 46 episodes. Director
  • Houdinin pojat mini serial (MTV3/ 1997) 4 episodes. Director, producer
  • Isäni on Supermies drama for young people (FST/ not filmed) 6 episodes. Script Writer (Script support by Nordiska Kulturfonden 2001)
  • Komisario Koivu detective comedy (TV1/ 1996) 28 episodes. Direction, one of many script writers
  • Marskin poika television film (TV1/ 1995). Direction, dramatization
  • Tapulikylä family drama (TV1/ 1995) 5 episodes. Director

Entertainment & Talk Shows[edit]

  • Kuvia ja käännekohtia/ Pictures and Turning Points[11](AlfaTV/2017-) . Producer, host.
  • Kamera käy/ Action (AlfaTV/2017-2018), 29 episodes. Producer and host with Jenni Banerjee.
  • Ota tai Jätä (Deal Or No Deal) format (Nelonen/ 2007) 10 episodes. Director
  • Big Brother format (SubTv/ 2006) 6 episodes. Live-action director of first six parts
  • Pääroolissa "Lets make a film"- entertainment (TV1/ 2005) 8 episodes. Director, Host
  • Diili (The Apprentice) format (MTV3/ 2004) 15 episodes. Director
  • Videotreffit video date entertainment for young people (TV2/ 1999) 18 episodes. Director
  • Ben Furman, talk show (TV1/1999) 18 episodes. Director
  • Haastattelijana Mirja Pyykkö, talk show (TV1/1995-97) 40 episodes. Director, Producer
  • Sinun Unelmiesi Tähden human fantasies (TV1/ 1995) 10 episodes. Director
  • Etusivu uusiksi press competition (TV2/ 1995) 50 episodes. Host
  • Tämä on minun quiz (TV1/ 1994) 18 episodes. Director
  • Erotico-tico erotic sketch show (TV1/ 1992) 18 episodes. Director, Script Writer

Music Entertainment & Concerts[edit]

  • Seinäjoen Tangomarkkinat/ Tango Festival in Seinäjoki -concerts[12](Alfa TV/2018): Queen's Final, King's Final, Meidän Tango/ Our Tango -Concert and Semi Finals in Kerava. Director.
  • Seinäjoen Tangomarkkinat/ Tango Festival in Seinäjoki -concerts (Alfa TV/2017): Queen's Final, King's Final, Tango Finlandia -Concert and Semi Finals in Kerava. Director.
  • Kirka –taiteilijajuhlakonsertti concert (TV1/ 1998). Director
  • Toivomuslähde (TV2/ 1998) 19 parts. Director
  • Puhdas Elämä Lapselle concerts 1996 and 1997 at the Olympic Stadium (MTV3). Director
  • Euroviisut 1996 Eurovision Song Contest, Finnish Competition (TV1/ 1999). Director
  • Danny –taiteilijajuhlakonsertti (TV1/ 1996). Director
  • Sarajevo-konsertti at the Olympic Stadium (TV1/ 1995). Director, reporter
  • Euroviisut 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, Finnish Competition (TV1/ 1994). Director
  • Katri Helena 50-v –konsertti concert (TV1/ 1994). Director
  • Pellit auki (TV1/1993) 6 parts. Director

Documentaries & Current Affairs[edit]

  • Silicon Valley Baby[13] (2020) documentary film. Executive producer, Production company Taavi Vartia Film & TV.
  • Itämeri (Baltic Sea (MTV3/ 2012) 12 episodes. Director, Script writer
  • After the Blood Diamonds documentary film (Sierra Leone) for international distribution (2008–2009). Director, writer
  • Suomen Historia history of Finland (TV1/1998) 4 episodes. Director, producer
  • Suomalainen kirjallisuuden historia history of Finnish Literature (TV1/1998) 4 episodes. Director
  • Testamentti profiles (TV2/ 1998) 10 episodes. Producer
  • Sata sanaa literature programme (TV1/20001) 50 episodes. Director, Planning
  • Aleksis K literature programme (YleTeema/ 2000) 38 episodes. Director, producer
  • Tosi Tarina profiles (TV1/ 2000) 5 episodes. Reporter, director
  • Katsojan suora opinion programme (TV2/ 1998) 30 parts. Producer
  • Eläköön viini! fact/entertainment (Nelonen/ 1998) 10 episodes. Director, Planning
  • Kirurgia Nyt! serial of modern medicin (TV1/ 1997) 10 episodes. Director, producer
  • Miisa matkalla tähtiin? profile/report (TV1/1996). Reporter, director
  • Venäläinen Baletti – taide, uskonto ja filosofia documentary of the stars of Bolshoi Theatre (TV2/ 1990). Director, reporter
  • Päiväntasaaja current affairs/ entertainment (TV/ 1995) 50 episodes. Producer, Host/ Reporter

Others[edit]

  • Games of the XXVII Olympiad in Athens 2004 (several channels worldwide/ 2004). Slomotion Director in international field (running)
  • Drive or Die direct theatre broadcasting from Kaapelitehdas (TV1/ 1997). TV Direction
  • Orvot direct theatre play broadcasting from Kansallisteatteri/National Theatre (TV1/1997). TV Direction

Theatre[edit]

Taavi Vartia has directed numerous plays for the whole family at the Taaborin kesätetatteri/ Taabor Summer Theater, which he founded in 2009. The summer theater is based in Taaborinvuori, Nurmijärvi, Finland.

  • 2020 Vaahteramäen Eemeli/ That Boy Emil. Playwright Astrid Lindgren.
  • 2019 Tuhkimo/ Cinderella. Playwright
  • 2018 Peppi Pitkätossu/ Pippi Longstocking. Playwright Astrid Lindgren.
  • 2017 Heinähattu, Vilttitossu ja Rubensin veljekset. Playwright Tiina Nopola and Sinikka Nopola.
  • 2016 Risto Räppääjä ja Nelli Nuudelipää. Playwright Tiina Nopola and Sinikka Nopola
  • 2015 Zorro. Playwright Esa Silander.
  • 2014 Peter Pan. Playwright.
  • 2013 Vaahteramäen Eemeli/ That Boy Emil. Playwright Astrid Lindgren.
  • 2012 Gangsteri ja kaunotar. Playwright.
  • 2011 Kaikkien aikojen Robin Hood/ The all-time Robin Hood. Playwright
  • 2009 ja 2010 Kaikkien aikojen Pertsa ja Kilu. Playwright
  • 2008 Kaikkien aikojen Pertsa ja Kilu.[14] Kirjurinluodon kesäteatteri. Director and Playwright.

Novels[edit]

  • Varastettu Vaimo ("Stolen Wife"),ISBN 9789522990839, ISBN 9522990833, published August 2015 by Paasilinna Kustannus.
  • Tuulen viemä mies ("Man Gone with the Wind"),pages 503, ISBN 978-952-5989-09-0, published August 2012 by Helsinki Kirjat.
  • Viikinkipoika Kaspar: Sininen Viikinki ja Kuninkaan sotaratsu ("The Viking Boy Kaspar: Blue Viking and war knight of the King"),pages 392, ISBN 978-952-5874-57-0, published July 2011 by Helsinki Kirjat.
  • Viikinkipoika Kaspar ("The Viking Boy Kaspar"), pages 239, ISBN 978-952-5874-22-8/ 978-952-5874-76-1 (ePub eBook). Published 2.February 2011 by Helsinki Kirjat.
  • Rölli ja kultainen avain (Rölli and the Golden Key), ISBN 9789511270430. Published January 2013 by Otava.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Novels by Taavi Vartia". Elisa kirjat, Elisa Books. Retrieved 30 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Taabori Summer Theatre". Homepages.com. Retrieved 30 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Cinema Kino Juha". Homepages. Retrieved 30 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Rolli". MRP. Retrieved 16 September 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Rolli and the Golden Key". MRP. Retrieved 20 February 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Kevyttä yläpilveä". Nurmijärvenuutiset.fi. Retrieved 25 March 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Man in Room 301". Warner Bros.fi. Retrieved 19 December 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "King Liar". Yellow Film & TV. Retrieved 30 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Nurses". Yellow Film & TV. Retrieved 30 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Downshifters". Yellow Film & TV. Retrieved 30 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "Kuvia ja käännekohtia". Seura.fi. Retrieved 5 March 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "Tangomarkkinat". Elonet.fi. Retrieved 12 July 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "Silicon Valley, Baby". Homepages.com. Retrieved 30 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ "Pertsa ja Kilu". Kirjurin.fi. Retrieved 15 June 2008. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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