mikko lehtinen was born 1975 in lahti, finland. he studied marketing, acting and theatre & cultural history, then started as a production assistant on mtv3 tv channel, and he worked on several feature films.
after a few years he found himself more and more working in directing commercials, where now he successfully did already over 400 spots around the whole world. he has worked for many major international brands like ikea, coca cola, mc donald's, tesco, volkswagen, virgin mobile, milka, finnair, kinder, yandex, dr.oetker, t-mobile, nokia, land rover and the guardian newspaper.
mikko also has been a partner and founder of several film production companies including ´also staring` in helsinki, ´tantrum productions` in london and ´sauna international` in london.
also he was the managing director of ´flow d.o.o.`, responsible of producing the flow festival in ljubljana.
mikko is a very talented storyteller and always gets right to the heart.
he lived in helsinki, london and now he lives in ljubljana and speaks fluently english.
mikko has shot over 400 commercials around the world. among new york, los angeles, shanghai, nairobi, paris, london, cape town, bangkok, prague, dubai, vienna, moscow, rio de janeiro he worked all over and for many major international brands, like ikea, coca cola, mc donald's, milka, t-mobile, nokia, volkswagen and more.
mikko is the most awarded commercial director hailing from finland and has won the prestigious cannes gold lion.
other awards include effie grand prix, gold and silver at montreux, gold and two silvers at new york festivals, bronze arrow and 2 finalist diplomas at british television advertising awards, numerous cannes finalist nominations, grand prix at voitto (the most respected finnish advertising award) and two d&ad diplomas.
mikko´s public service announcement ´monsters` for fragile childhood have gained millions of youtube views and widespread international news coverage. cnn called ´monsters` the creepiest and most terrifying public service announcement anywhere in the world right now.