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.  

He is currently in pre-production on a new short film, "Ghost Girl" which was selected for the 2019 Southern Producers' Lab. He is also writing a feature based on this same story.

Festivals & Recognition


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, 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.

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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