Iikka Vehkalahti


Iikka was a Commissioning Editor for the Finnish Broadcasting Company, YLE  Documentaries, Finland since 1998 until March 2015. He was  Executive Producer for Steps For The Future and one of the Series Producers for Why Democracy. He is a board member of Steps and Steps India   He was 2011-2012 a visiting professor in Tampere University and has lived periods of times in India, South Africa, Denmark and Egypt.

In YLE he commissioned several internationally awarded documentaries like 3 Rooms Of Melancholy, Decent Factory, Gone To The Wind, Recepies for Disaster, In The Shadow Of Holy Book, The Steam Of Life and Punk Synchrome. He has be also involved or supported numerous international well known documentaries like Act of Killing, Armadillo, Planet Of Snails, Secrets Of Tribe, Viva Les Antipodes, Five Broken Cameras, Happiness.

He has been executive producer in several productions in Asia, Middle-East and Africa. Among them are Lakshmi and Me by Nishta Jain, Gurkha – The Selection by Kesang Tseten, Wana Wina by Dumisani Pakhlati and Voices of El Alto by Benjamin Oroza. His own filmis inculde  Past is Present, Amal, Inam, Naila, Man from the Shadow, Our Common Future? and Tehri – Two Journeys.

Among the publications there is a one book about documentary filmmaking Steps By Steps, written together with Don Edkins.