CV

Pirjo Ojala

Pirjo Ojala

I’m a screenwriter and director, with MA in Film Screenwriting. I can also shoot, record sound and edit. The programs I currently use are Final Draft and Adobe Premiere Pro. My mother tongue is Finnish, I speak fluent English, some Swedish and I also know a little Russian, German and Spanish. My hobbies include films, writing, listening to music, reading and working out. I’m an idealist with at least one foot on the ground. I’m interested in different phenomena between earth and sky and all the galaxies, and the impact they have on the environment, human beings and other animals.

Grants and bursaries

  • 2018 Oskar Öflund Foundation, Grant for the team of Jäljet (Traces).
  • 2018 The Finnish Cultural Foundation, Grant for the team of Burning Voices.
  • 2017 The North Savo Arts Council: Grant for artistic work, Jäljet (Traces).
  • 2017 The Finnish Cultural Foundation, North Savo Regional Fund: Grant, Jäljet (Traces).
  • 2016 The North Savo Arts Council: Grant for artistic work.
  • 2015 Kone Foundation: Grant for the team of Burning Voices.
  • The Finnish Film Foundation: Traveling bursary, IDFAcademy.
  • 2014 The North Savo Arts Council: Grant for artistic work, Burning Voices.
  • The Finnish Cultural Foundation, North Savo Regional Fund: Grant, Burning Voices.
  • 2013 The Finnish Film Foundation: Scriptwriting grant for the documentary Burning Voices.
  • The Finnish Film Foundation: Travelling bursary, Berlinale Talent Campus.
  • AVEK: Scholarship, Berlinale Talent Campus.
  • The North Savo Arts Council: Grant for artistic work, Burning Voices.
  • 2012 The Finnish Cultural Foundation, North Savo Regional Fund: Grant, Burning Voices.
  • The Finnish Film Foundation: Scriptwriting grant for the animated children’s series Pikkuli, with Metsämarja Aittokoski.
  • 2010 The Finnish Film Foundation: Scriptwriting grant for the feature film Caravan, with Lenka Hellstedt.
  • The City of Kuopio: The Martti Merenmaa bursary.
  • 2009 The Finnish Film Foundation: Scriptwriting grant for the feature film Caravan.

Prizes and achievements

  • 2018 Noise. Finalist KCWIFT and Kansas City FilmFest Short Screenplay Contest, USA.
  • 2017 Millimeter is a long time. Finalist YLE Finland Shortdox 2017 audioplay competition.
  • 2016 A Turn. Finalist Lahti Poetry Marathon's poetry video contest ”Close and Far”.
  • 2013 Women on the Way (Naisia tiellä). Best feature screenplay, Massachusetts Independent Film Festival, USA. Finalist, Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest, category Comedy, USA.
  • 2011 Obstacle (Este). 2nd prize, category for professionals, Blue Sea Film Festival, Finland.
  • 2009 Point. First prize KynnysKINO film festival, Finland.
  • 2006 The Night of the Lizard (Liskon yö). First prize, IIK! Horror film festival, Finland.

Education

  • 2009 MA in Film Screenwriting, University of Salford – A Greater Manchester University, Salford, UK.
  • 2007 Bachelor of Media, Director, Film Art, Turku University of Applied Sciences, Arts Academy.
  • 2002 Media assistant, specialized in audio-visual culture, The Adult Education of Central Ostrobothnia.

Other education

  • 2012 Drama Pedagogy, the basic studies (25 ECTS credits) University of Jyväskylä, The Snellman Summer University of Kuopio.
  • Project Management (24 ECTS credits) University of Eastern Finland, Aducate Centre for Training and Development.
  • 2010 Writing for stage (10 ECTS credits), Theatre Academy, open University.

Short courses

  • 2016 EDN Docs in Thessaloniki Pitching Forum. With the project Burning Voices.
  • 2015 IDFAcademy. With the project Burning Voices.
  • Time Out documentary workshop, by Kotikunta-TV Oy and The Savo Regional Arts Councils. With the project Burning Voices.

Short courses

  • 2014 ESoDoc – European Social Documentary, ZeLIG School for Documentary, part of European Union’s MEDIA programme. With the project Burning Voices.
  • The Eastern Finland documentary workshop, by Kotikunta-TV Oy and The Savo Regional Arts Councils, led by Iikka Vehkalahti, Sven Eggers and Jukka Kärkkäinen. With the project Burning Voices.
  • 2013 The Eastern Finland documentary workshop, by Kotikunta-TV Oy and The Savo Regional Arts Councils, led by Iikka Vehkalahti. With the project Burning Voices.
  • Berlinale Talent Campus #11 and their hands-on-training programme Short Film Station. With the project Burning Voices.
  • 2012 The Eastern Finland documentary workshop, by Kotikunta-TV Oy and The Savo Regional Arts Councils, led by Iikka Vehkalahti. With the project Burning Voices.
  • Seminar in applied dance, theatre and circus, by the Actors Union of Finland, The Association of Finnish Theatres, Trade Union for Theatre and Media Finland (Teme), Theatre Centre. Hanna Brotherus: Workshop in Applied Dance. Chrissie Tiller: Applying the methods of drama and theatre to different environments.
  • Playback Theatre workshop, by North Savo Arts Council, led by Jukka Virtala.
  • 2011 Service design in arts and culture, by North Savo Arts Council, led by Satu Miettinen.

Positions of responsibility

  • 2013 Kuopio Festivals ry, Member of board.

Memberships

  • 2014– The Finnish Documentary Guild.
  • 2014– WIFT Finland.
  • 2012– Screenwriters Guild of Finland.
  • 2010–2018 Pohjois-Savon Kirjallinen Yhdistys Vestäjät ry.
  • 2009– Union of Film and Media Employees Finland (SET)/Trade Union for Theatre and Media Finland (Teme).

Work experience

  • 2018 Trikkielokuva co-op/Kotipizza: translating the short documentary Two Homelands to English.
  • 2018 Veijo Baltzar/Drom ry: Writing a screenplay based on Veijo Baltzar's novel "In love and war" and translating it to English.
  • 2014 Sun In Eye Productions: Screenwriter in 13 episodes of the children’s animated series Pikkuli.
  • 2012 ValoAurinko Tuotanto: Leader of the Armchair travelling events, showing short movies and discussing with old people with memory problems. Movie workshop instructor, making a short movie with elderly people with memory problems.
  • 2011–2012 ValoAurinko Tuotanto: Trainee, pre- and post-production work as a director, a screenwriter or a production assistant.
  • 2011 Silva Mysterium Ltd: Scriptwriter of the feature film Women on the Way (Naisia tiellä).
  • 2010 Kynnys ry: Screenwriter & director of the short movie Obstacle (Este).