Elian Mikkola (b.1990) is a queer filmmaker and media artist currently based in Montréal, Canada. Originally from Turku, Finland, Mikkola holds a BA in Journalism from Tampere University and an MFA in Media Production from the University of Regina, Canada. Their film Magdaleena premiered in 2020 at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Mikkola’s award winning debut film SAARI (2016) was selected to the student program of TIFF 's Canada's Top Ten Film Festival in 2017. Mikkola works between digital and analog film mediums. As a trans -and non-binary identifying person, Mikkola often times refers to their gender experience through their art.