Elian Mikkola, CA10:06

Originally from Turku, Finland, Mikkola holds a BA in Journalism from Tampere University. They completed their MFA in Media Production in 2019 at the University of Regina. Mikkola’s work explores themes such as memory, spacial dependences and queer belonging.
Their debut film SAARI (2016) was selected to TIFF’s Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival student program in 2017. Mikkola received the Creative Vision Award as a part of the AE Film Festival in 2016. Their latest film Magdaleena premiered at International Film Festival Rotterdam in January 2020.

The filmmaker sets their trans masculinity into a dialog with an old VHS tape. War games and rituals of masculinity slowly merge in this newly formed space of distortion and improvised video processing.