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TU Alumnus Antti Joonatan Häkli

I have always liked to work with cameras, and I am a film freak. Audiovisual Media and Documentary Film were a natural choice for me. 

Antti

What did you study, where are you from and when did you graduate? 

I studied Audiovisual Media BA and graduated in 2009. Then I did my MA in Film Arts, Documentary Film and graduated in 2012. I am from Finland. 

What are the most important achievements in your life? 

I am currently the director for the cultural programme “OP” in Estonian Television (ETV). I regard this as one of my most important achievements. I have managed to work in an Estonian-language environment as a foreigner, which is a big thing. Especially regarding that there is a massive competition in the media field. 

What do you wish to accomplish in your current work? 

I would like to continue at least as well as I have done until now. I have been very lucky to work with talented people in many interesting projects. I would like to create fresh programming and renew the visual appeal of ETV. 

How have your university studies at TU helped you to achieve your goals?

A lot. Thanks to Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School (BFM), I had a very wide social network already at graduation. I also got my first internship at ETV thanks to BFM. 

Why did you choose Estonia, Tallinn University and your specialty? 

I have always liked to work with cameras, and I am a film freak. Audiovisual Media and Documentary Film were a natural choice for me. 

What comes to your mind when you think back at your studies at TU? 

I don’t look back on my studies often, but it’s always nice to run into old course mates. Back when we were studying, there were many course parties, and even outside of the lectures, we had a very nice inner climate. The Bachelor’s course had many international students, making the connection within the course very special. Most of us had moved to a new country. The MA course was the first year of Documentary Film studies at BFM, which made us guinea pigs in a sense. Everyone had different backgrounds, life phases and education. This created a very pleasant atmosphere. 

Do you have any recommendations to people who want to start their university studies and are looking for the right specialty? 

Good luck!

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