Biography and Filmography of the Director




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Biography and Filmography of the Director (Updated 13.02.2009)


Name: Petteri Saario
Address: Vanha Hämeenlinnantie 11

06100 Porvoo, Finland

tel. +358 400 705 524

email: petteri.saario@wildfin.com www.wildfin.com


Biography: Petteri Saario (b. 1961) is a documentary maker, who has specialized to depict the endangered relationship between man and nature. Besides directing and producing he is also familiar with underwater and wildlife filming. Many of his films have been awarded both in Finland and abroad.
Before his present position he worked over ten years as a journalist of environmental affairs (for the Environmental News of YLE TV2 and the Environmental Information Service of YLE). In addition, he has worked in two nature conservation organizations (as an information officer and as a secretary general in the Finnish Nature League and as a campaign manager in the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation).
Present position: Taiga Films Ltd: manager, producer, director (1996-)

DocArt: manager, producer, director (2002-)


The main films: The Border (Rajankäyntiä)

A six part tv-documentary series about the border between Finland and Russia,

6 x 30 min., S16 mm, HDCAM, Digital Beta, DocArt production for YLE TV2

Working in process, premiere in December 2009
Lapland – The Land of Saami and Salmon (Salmo – hyppääjä)

A documentary about the life of indigenous people in Finnish Lapland,

52 min, S16 mm, HDCAM, Digital Beta, DocArt Production for YLE and NDR

Working in process, premiere in May 2009
Sergei the Healer (Sergei Verenseisauttaja)

A documentary about the life in a small Russian Karelian village

103 min., S16 mm, Taiga Films production, co-produced by YLE Co-Productions and NDR

Finished in March 2008
Kansanluonto (The Nature of Finland)

A documentary film about the Finnish nature and the nature of the Finns during the period of the independency, 57 min, S16 mm, HDCAM, Digital Beta, DocArt Production, 2007


The Finest Rivers of Finland (Jokiemme helmet)

A six part tv-documentary series about Finnish rivers.

6 x 30 min., DocArt production for YLE TV2, 2006


Sven Quijote

A documentary about the disappearing farming culture on Gotland island

88’30’’/ 58’41’’/ 43’35’’, DocArt production, co-produced with NDR and YLE Teema, 2006


The Sisu Stone (Sisukivi)

A documentary about the year-round survival of a family living on Husö, a small outer island in the Åland Archipelago

63 min., Tekstivirta Production Company, YLE Teema, NDR, 2004


When the Cod Ran Out (Finnish Title: Kalavale; German Title: Die Fischer von Bornholm)

A documentary film about the bankrupt of the fishery lifestyle

58 min., DocArt production co-produced with NDR and YLE Teema, 2004


Pearls of the Baltic Sea (Itämeren helmet)

A six part tv-documentary series about the exceptional wildlife of the Baltic Sea islands and the historical change of the everyday life of the islanders

6 x 45 min., Tekstivirta Production Company, YLE TV2, 2004


Call from Usambara (Kutsu Usambarasta)

A documentary film about one of the most valuable tropical forests in the world

30 min., Tekstivirta Production Company, The Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, YLE TV2, YLE-Teema, 2002
Village of the Sleeping Beauty (Minne hepo sinne reki)

A documentary film about self-sufficient way of living in Russian Karelia

53 min., Taiga Films Ltd in co-production with YLE TV1 and NDR, 2001


Wild Wild Canary –The Last Whistle of the Guanche (Guanchen viimeinen vihellys)

A documentary film about the unique nature of the Canary Islands and the impact of mass tourism on it

53’51’’, Tekstivirta Production Company and YLE TV1, 2000


How Green is Your Banana? (Halvan herkun kallis tie)

A documentary film about the dark side of banana production in Costa Rica

43’03’’, Tekstivirta Production Company, YLE TV2, Finnida, 1997


The Whitebacked Gentleman (Valkoselkäinen gentleman)

A documentary film on the life and protection of the rarest forest bird in Finland, the whitebacked woodpecker

41’01’’ min., Taiga Films Ltd & YLE TV2, 1997, with Juha Taskinen


Six Hundred kilos of Worms (Kuusi tuhatta kiloa kastematoja)

A documentary film about an organic farmer, a cow and a crane

60 min., Tekstivirta Production Company & YLE TV2, 1996


Aatelisluostarin aamusoitto

A documentary film about Konevitsa Island, Ladoka Lake and a monastery

30 min., Tekstivirta Production Company & YLE TV1, 1996


Beef

A documentary film about beef business

International co-production (YLE and George Weiss Filmproduktion), Shootings in Finland, 1996


The Traitors (Isänmaanpetturit)

A documentary film about the environmental movement, media, forestry and international network

30 min., Diart & YLE TV2, 1995, with Ismo Tuormaa and Kari Rissa



French Heels (Ranskalaiset korot)

A documentary film about the author and intellectual Jussi Kylätasku

30 min., YLE TV1, 1995, with Pertti Rönkkö


Kuumat paikat

A documentary film about the future’s advanced energy resources

30 min., Diart & YLE TV2, 1995


Yhden hevosvoiman monitoimikone

A documentary film about an old-time lumberjack and a Finnish horse

26 min., Tekstivirta Production Company & YLE TV2, 1994, with Ismo Tuormaa


Awards, merits, festivals: Dialektus Festival 2009, Budapest. Sergei the Healer was selected to the final competition in the category of Human Stories.
DocPoint 2009, Helsinki. Sergei the Healer was selected to the category of New Finnish Docmentary Films.
Prix Europa 2008, Berlin. Sergei the Healer was selected to the final competition in the category of the Best TV-documentary.
Merit Award for Beauty and Humanism at XII International Environmental Film Festival Green Vision 2008 in St. Petersburg for the Nature of Finland
The Porvoo Citizen of the Year 2008, awarded by Porvoon Nuorkauppakamari, the Junior Chamber International Porvoo
Highly Commended at Matsalu International Wildlife Film Festival in 2007 for The Finest Rivers of Finland, Episode 2 - Oulanka
The Culture Prize of Porvoo Town in 2006
The Best Film Made by Environmental Friendly Company at Wildlife Vaasa Terranova Nature Film Festival in 2006 for Metsähallitus at Sea
Second Prize in the Category of the Best Finnish Film at Wildlife Vaasa Terranova Nature Film Festival in 2006 for Pearls of the Baltic Sea, Episode 1 - Åland
Merit Award for Original Storytelling at the International Wildlife Film Festival (IWFF) in Missoula, Montana in 2006 for the Sisu Stone
1st Prize in Category “Man and Nature” in Matsalu Wildlife Film Festival in 2005 for Pearls of the Baltic Sea, Episode 5 - Hailuoto
Honourable Mention of Koura Foundation for the best television programs broadcast in Finland in 2004 for the Pearls of the Baltic Sea –documentary series
Jury’s Special Award in Terranova Nature Film Festival in Vaasa in 2004 for the Sisu Stone

3rd Prize for the Sisu Stone in Vera film festival in Mariehamn, Finland, in 2004.


Grand Prize at the biggest nature film festival in Asia, the Japan Wildlife Festival in 2003 for Village of the Sleeping Beauty
Prix Europa festival in Berlin 2002: Village of the Sleeping Beauty

was selected to the final competition and it was ranked to the Top5 list of European tv-documentaries

Honourable Mention in the category of documentaries in Barents TV Festival in 2002 for Village of the Sleeping Beauty

Pärnu VISU Prize in the 16th International Documentary and Anthropology Film Festival in Estonia in 2002 for Village of the Sleeping Beauty

Special Prize of the Jury in Wildlife Europe Film Festival in Sundsvall in 2001 for Village of the Sleeping Beauty

Best Environmental Documentary for Wild Wild Canary – The Last Whistle of the Guanche in EcoTourIndFilm Festival in Romania in 2001



Best Documentary Film by SIYAD (Cinema Critics Associations) for Wild Wild Canary – The Last Whistle of the Guanche in 5th International Environmental Film Festival in Istanbul in 2001
The Finnish Prize of The Henry Ford European Conservation Awards in 1997 for the Whitebacked Gentleman –documentary
The Finlandia Prize of Environmental Merit (Ympäristö-Finlandia) in 1993 for Environmental News





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