Paavo Hanninen

is a New Orleans-based writer/director.

His work as a filmmaker has been shown around the world, from Idaho to Brazil. He is currently in post-production on a feature documentary and in development on a pair of scripted television concepts and a narrative feature.  

His latest short film "I Think I'm Dying" premiered on His other short, "Ghost Girl," premiered at the Sun Valley Film Festival. 

As a Director of Photography

Festivals & Recognition


Paavo has shot documentaries, narratives, music videos, and branded content. Films he has shot have played at Rotterdam, Clermont-Ferrand, New Orleans Film Festival, Maryland Film Festival, and many others.

He has worked with numerous notable directors including Garrett Bradley, Margaret Brown, Lee Hirsch, Dara Kell, and many others. Films he has DP-ed have been supported by Sundance, SF Film, Tribeca, Southern Doc Fund, Ford Foundation and many others. Recently, Paavo DP-ed the feature documentary "The Neutral Ground" which premiered at Tribeca Festival before playing on POV on PBS.

Austin Film Festival

Berlinale Short Film Cloud

Sun Valley Film Festival

Curitiba International Film Festival

Oxford Film Festival

New Orleans Film Festival

Sidewalk Film Festival selection

Austin Film Society grantee

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage grantee

Threadhead Foundation grantee

Filmshop Breakthrough artist

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