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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 narrative feature. His feature screenplay Remote View, was a finalist for the Nantucket Screenwriters Colony and WarnerMedia Southpitch.

His latest short film I Think I'm Dying premiered on and was recently selected for the Sarasota Film Festival. His other short, Ghost Girl, premiered at the Sun Valley Film Festival and recently was awarded Best Direction at SF Shorts. His short documentary, What Remains, recently released by The New Yorker Documentary.

As a Director of Photography


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, Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, 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.

Festivals & Recognition

Austin Film Festival

Maryland Film Festival

Sarasota Film Festival

Berlinale Short Film Cloud

Sun Valley Film Festival

Nantucket Screenwriters Colony Finalist

Cucalorus Film Festival

Davey Fest

Sarasota Film Festival

Curitiba International Film Festival

SF Shorts--Winner Best Direction

Oxford Film Festival

New Orleans Film Festival

Sidewalk Film Festival

Indy Film Fest

Tallgrass Film Festival

Beeston Film Festival

Lake Placid Film Festival

Micheaux Film Festival

Tonkawa Film Festival -- Winner Best Drama

Dumbo Film Festival

The New Yorker

Omeleto selection selection

Austin Film Society grantee

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage grantee

Threadhead Foundation grantee

Filmshop Breakthrough artist

WarnerMedia SouthPitch Finalist


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