JUHO KUOSMANEN is a Finnish film, theatre and opera director and writer, whose short films have been screened at many festivals including Cannes, Locarno and Oberhausen. His debut feature film THE HAPPIEST DAY IN THE LIFE OF OLLI MÄKI premiered at Cannes in 2016, where it won the top prize in the Un Certain Regard selection of the Festival. His second feature film, COMPARTMENT NO. 6, also premiered in Cannes (2021) in the main competition program, where it was awarded the Grand Prix by the jury, an award it shared with Asghar Farhadi’s film A HERO. Kuosmanen is the co-founder and artistic director of the Kokkolan Kinojuhlat Film Festival.