Director of Tampere Film Festival
Laakso was born in 1959. He is the festival and president of the board of directors of the Tampere Film Festival, which is one of the best known and longest running short film festivals in the world. In 2008, he was appointed as the Chairman for the Tampere Film Festival. He is also the executive director for a non-profit organization, the Pirkanmaa Film Centre (since 1998), which manages an art-house cinema and works extensively in the field of media education. Furthermore, he worked as a free-lance film critic for multiple radio programs and magazines. In 2004, he was appointed as the Chairman of the National Council for Cinema, which brought him a seat at the National Council for the Arts. He also is a member of the European Film Academy.