Vanessa Vandy is a director and DOP who grew up in New Zealand and Finland. Vanessa’s style lies in her ability to move people, to capture their attention and to evoke an emotion.
Vanessa spent her late teen years competing as an elite athlete representing Finland in pole vault. However, she had always had the need to be creative and thus composed her own music projects in-between her studies and athletics. This hobby eventually introduced her to the world of filmmaking after being asked to compose music for several short films. Since then she ended up learning all of the main post production skills one by one. Her love for cinematography was initiated in 2015 after being asked to film a few startup videos. Her passion for creating meaningful videos eventually made her stumble into directing.
Today her main focus is DOP:ing and directing. Her short film Farewell marked her narrative directorial debut and it got selected as a finalist in the One Screen Film Festival 2017 and officially selected into LA Shorts International Film Festival and Bermuda International Film Festival, which are both Academy Award Qualifying Festivals. Recently Vanessa has also been accepted into the Free The Bid directory, showcasing promising female directors.
Vanessa is currently finalising her second short film, Breathing Again, which aims to promote the awareness of emotional violence in relationships. Like with this film, Vanessa strives to create videos that have a positive impact. She is active in both the commercial and narrative world and is currently based in Helsinki.
LA Shorts International Film Festival - Official selection (Farewell - short film)
One Screen Film Festival 2017 - New female director finalist (Farewell - short film)
Bermuda International Film Festival - Official selection (Farewell - short film)
Auckland International Film Festival - Actor under 18 winner! (Farewell - short film)
Short and Sweet Film Festival Auckland - Jury prize winner! (Farewell - short film)
Film Shortage - Official selection & online premiere (Farewell - short film)
Amnesty International, The Red Cross, KONE, Aurinkomatkat, Finnair, Kasvuryhmä, Curology, Sailer Research & Development, Mestis, Cinemanse, Quattro Folio, Ambronite, Hopping Brewsters, Global Girl Travels, Musiclock, EntoCube, Runfest, Hundred, Arctic15 & Scool.
Woodpecker Film, Tonto, KLOK Creative Agency, Sailer Research and Development & Äiti Creative.