For two decades Finnish writer/director Marko Mäkilaakso has directed music videos, commercials, documentaries, TV series', short films and feature films and has gained an international reputation for his strong visual style and storytelling abilities. In 2004 Marko was hired as 2nd Unit Director for feature film NIGHTBEASTS, which was shot in Los Angeles with Zach Galligan (Gremlins) as the lead actor. In 2007 Marko directed his first feature film WAR OF THE DEAD, which was shot in Lithuania. The english language action-horror film was an international co-production between USA, Lithuania and Italy on which Marko also served as a co-producer and writer. In 2011 Marko was hired to direct a Syfy Original Movie DEADLY DESCENT (Abominable Snowman), which starred Adrian Paul (Highlander), Chuck Campbell (Stargate Atlantis) and Sean Teale (The Gifted). The actioner was shot in Bulgaria. In 2013 Marko directed his third film ELLA AND FRIENDS 2, which was a successful family comedy based on the popular children's book series. In 2016 Marko started production of his fourth film IT CAME FROM THE DESERT, which was based on the 80's legendary video game by Cinemaware. The Finland-UK- Canada co-production had its world premiere at the Fantasy Filmfest 2017 and became a festival hit around the world.
In 2018 Marko was hired to direct episodes for the third season of the award winning crime drama series BORDERTOWN (Sorjonen). The Finland and France co-production was released as Netflix Original Series around the world in 2020. On March 2021 Marko directed his fifth feature film, action horror comedy THE CREEPS, starring Chris Cavalier (Hidden figures) and Christopher Lambert (Highlander). On summer of 2021 Marko started the principal photography of nordic thriller series HELSINKI SYNDROME from the makers of successful Bordertown series, starring Peter Franzen (Vikings). In between film work Marko directs commercials, music videos and writes screenplays. Marko has written and developed projects with Spider-man creator Stan Lee, Troma legend Lloyd Kaufman and Jean-Claude Van Damme's Rodin Entertainment, to name but few. His movies has been released through Netflix, Hulu, Universal Channel, Syfy, Sony Pictures, Sky, FOX, The Orchard and Entertainment One. Marko's music videos has been nominated four times as 'Best music video of the year' at the Emma Awards (The Finnish Grammy's) and once he has won the prestige prize with his music video for UNIKLUBI (Universal Music). Marko lives in Germany with his family but continues working worldwide.
Marko is also part of KAJAWOOD STUDIOS, which is being build in Vuokatti, Sotkamo, Finland. For more information please visit:
2006 - Emma Award (Finnish Grammy Award) - Best Domestic Music Video (Uniklubi:
2017 - 3rd place at the Monsters of film Festival's Audience Awards (It Came From The Desert)
2017 - 3rd place at the Night Visions Festival's Audience Awards (It Came From The Desert)
"I love how wine continues to evolve, how every time I open a bottle it's going to taste different than if I had opened it on any other day.
Because a bottle of wine is actually alive - it's constantly evolving and gaining complexity, just like movies."
- Marko Mäkilaakso (inspired by Sideways)