Alli Haapasalo

Alli Haapasalo is a New York based director and writer from Finland. She has written and directed acclaimed narrative and documentary films, which have been awarded at international film festivals both in the United States and in Europe.


Haapasalo holds a Master of Fine Arts (2009) from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and a Bachelor of Arts (2003) from the School of Motion Picture, TV and Production Design at University of Art and Design in Helsinki, Finland. Selected filmography includes Ilona - The Girl Who Had No Problems, The Appointment, Dear Mom, Love James and most recently Kukkulan Kuningas – On Thin Ice (nominated for Prix Europa 2012, winner of Best Screenplay at Brooklyn FF, Best Foreign Film at Manhattan FF, Best Actor at Sechsüchte FF and Main Prize at Nordic Glory FF). Working on both sides of the Atlantic, she brings together American and European storytelling in her films.