Petri Kemppinen

After more than 30 years of working in media and the audiovisual industry I founded a company of my own, to offer my services to professionals and policy makers in this wonderful business of art. Here is the back story:

From journalism to publishing

  • MA in Communication Studies from University of Helsinki, minors in sociology, development studies and statistics.
  • Background in current affairs and culture journalism at Helsingin Sanomat, Finland’s largest newspaper, publishing (Hard & Pet) and curation of anthologies and exhibitions of young comics artists (Sarjakuvastin) between 1988-1995. Author of a book on international masters of comics, Sarjakuva, rakastettuni

To television and film

  • Began film and television career at YLE Finnish Broadcasting Company in 1995, as a scriptwriter of educational series, acquisition executive and later head of youth department, producer of drama for youth and young adults, commissioning editor of science and educational programming.
  • Served later at The Finnish Film Foundation (2005-2013) in various roles including production consultant, head of international affairs and development and head of production.

With an international focus

  • The Finnish representative of Eurimages’ Board of Management (2006-2013).
  • CEO of the Oslo-based pan-Nordic funding body Nordisk Film & TV Fond from 2013 until November 2019 – in charge of all funding decisions and relations with the Fund’s 22 financing partners.

At present

  • CEO of Aurora Studios from August 2021
  • Founder of P1 Kemppinen in 2020.
  • Member of the Board at the Swedish Film Institute from November 2019.
  • Member of the Board at the European Women’s Audiovisual Network from 2020.


  • My proficient working languages are English, Finnish and Swedish. In addition, I do read and speak Norwegian, German and French at an independent/basic level. 

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The photo at the top of the page by Saara Tuusa