web pic framed 5Elian Mikkola has been making films and moving image art since 2016. Their work has been showcased in several film festivals in Canada and internationally. 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. 

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.
Mikkola is a part of La Lumière Collective based in Montréal and a current board member of the Queer City Cinema.