Biography

Antti ”Pini” Hellstedt was born in Helsinki in 1963. When he was a child, his mom took him to movies to see a Chaplin film. He couldn’t sit down for his excitement. By the time he was eight, he got a 8-mm camera, opened a bank account for ”Pini-filmi” and started experimenting and learning film-making by making animations and short fictions with friends. Mostly western films. (Pini is a mispronounced name of movie character Speedy Gonzales.) After graduating from senior high school that emphasizes in arts, he started working for a production company, and applied and started his studies of cinematography in University of Industrial Arts’ Film department in Helsinki.

After graduation, he’s shot over 20 feature films of different genres, many of which were box-office successes, won awards for his work, and shot also over 150 commercials, several documentaries and tv-series. He’s worked in several countries, shot pro bono projects in developing countries, visited as a teacher in film school and given interviews and mentoring to younger collegues. He lives in Helsinki with his family, and – besides work – enjoys traveling, bicycling and sailing.

Filmography

Feature films

Director

Proctuction

Year

Love Recors – Anna mulle loveeAleksi MäkeläFisher King Production2016
Vares – SheriffiHannu SalonenSolar Films Inc.2015
Mielensäpahoittaja – The GrumpDome KarukoskiSolar Films Inc.2014
Kummeli VAleksi MäkeläPorkkana Ryhmä2014
KaappariAleksi MäkeläSolar Films Inc.2013
Kotirauha – Home Sweet HomeAleksi MäkeläSolar Films Inc.2011
Napapiirin sankarit – Lapland Odyssey
Dome KarukoskiHelsinki Filmi Oy 2010
Jos Rakastat – If You LoveNeil HardwickJuonifilmi Oy2010
Rööperi, alan miehet – HellsinkiAleksi MäkeläSolar Films Inc.2009
Tummien Perhosten Koti – The Home of Dark ButterfliesDome KarukoskiSolar Films Inc.2008
V2 – Dead AngelAleksi MäkeläSolar Films Inc.2007
Keisarin Salaisuus – The Emperor’s SecretRiina HyytiäHelsinki Filmi Oy2006
Matti – Hell is for HeroesAleksi MäkeläSolar Films Inc.2006
Tyttö sinä olet tähti – Beauty and the BastardDome KarukoskiHelsinki Filmi Oy2005
Yksityisetsivä Vares – VaresAleksi MäkeläSolar Films Inc.2004
Pahat Pojat – Bad Boys – The True StoryAleksi MäkeläSolar Films Inc.2002
Rölli ja Metsänhenki – Rollo and the Spirits of the WoodsOlli SaarelaMatila & Röhr Productions2001
Lomalla – SouthAleksi MäkeläSolar Films Inc.2000
Lakeuden kutsu – Return to the PlainlandsIlkka VanneMatila & Röhr Productions1999
Häjyt – The Tough OnesAleksi MäkeläSolar Films Inc.1998
Going to Kansas CityPekka MandartMandart1997
Lunastus – The Redemption
Olli SaarelaKinotuotanto1997
Esa ja Vesa – Sunset RidersAleksi MäkeläHarlin & Selin Production1994

TV series

Director

Production

Year

Ein Fall Für Zwei (Episodes 7 and 8)Hannu SalonenOdeon TV2015
HavahtuminenDome KarukoskiZodiak Television2008
Suojelijat – Protectors (2 episodes)Dome KarukoskiFilmiteollisuus Fine2008
Älä Unta Nää2008
VeljetDome KarukoskiJarowskij Suomi Oy2008
NDA – Salassapitosopimus Anders EngströmFilm i Västerbotter 2005
Muodollisesti PäteväAleksi MäkeläSolar Films2003
TähtitehdasAleksi MäkeläStorm Inc.1997
Takaisin naapurilähiöön1997
Valhetta ja rakkautta Jussi Parviainen
1996
Trabant Express (20 episodes)
Aleksi MäkeläSolar Films 1996–1997
PeltiheikitAleksi MäkeläSolar Films1995
VintiötAleksi MäkeläHarlin & Selin Productions1994

short films

Director

Production

Year

BurungoDome Karukoski
Helsinki Filmi Oy 2010
Lahja – The GiftFanni Niemi-Junkola2005
SvartFanni Niemi-Junkola2003
To BeginFanni Niemi-Junkola2001
Talossa on SaatanaAleksi MäkeläSolar Films1999
Ristin Juurella – Vid corsets fotOlli SaarelaTaiK1997
SirpaleitaAku LouhimiesTaiK1996
Takapihan Sankarit
Panu PohjolaReppuflmi1992
Silke and UlrikeMargarete HeitmüllerDFFB1991
Kauhun MillimetritIlari Nummi1990
Kaukanen rantamaTiina Kaukanen ja
Marjaana Rantama
1989
Suomalainen rapsodia Tapio Piirainen
TaiK1988
MajurijätkäTapio PiirainenTaiK1987
Vaarallinen LeikkausTuuli KuittinenTaiK1987
Poika ja keppiArto LehkamoTaiK1987
217N1987

documentaries

Director

Production

Year

Joki taivaalla – River In The SkyArto KoskinenKinoproduction2004
Taivasta vasten – The Stars Caravan
Arto HalonenCarré-Noir RTBF2000
World of Benetton
Mikael WahlforsEpidem1995
Kadotetut KatmandussaLilli RiihirantaFilminor1990

 

commercials

Various clients in Finland, Estonia and Romania such as:
Nokia, Vana Tallinn, Hartwall, Jaffa,
Veikkaus, Kesko, Plan, Aker Finnyards,
Saku, Sonera, MTV3

language skills

Finnish, English, Swedish, German