Mikko Lehtinen is a Finnish film director and founding president of the London based production company Sauna International Ltd. Mikko studied directing, TV commercial design, theatre directing and cultural history and started as a production assistant on MTV3 channel. After a few years he moved away from production on to directing where he has stayed to this day.
Since 2004 Lehtinen has directed films from Hungry Man before his three years partnership at Tantrum Productions, which came to an end in March 2010. Before moving to London Mikko had already made himself an award winning name in his native Finland.
Lehtinen has worked for international production companies including Yellow House, Close Up, The Fabulous Boomtown boys, Forward International and directed TV commercials for many well-known brands like Ikea, Coca Cola, Virgin Mobile, Volkswagen, Land Rover, Milka and Sprite.
In 2002 the City Magazine Helsinki chose him among the 50 young hopefuls emerging from Finland. In the same list there were for example Formula 1 driver Heikki Kovalainen, conductor Mikko Franck, Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen and designer Paola Suhonen whose Ivana Helsinki clothing brand was recently sued by Ivana Trump.
Lehtinen's work has been awarded several times in the advertising industry competitions around the world, including The New York Festivals, Cannes Lions, Epica Awards, D&AD, Effie Awards, Montreux, and "Best Ads on Tv".