Documentary filmmaking since 1987


Illume Ltd is a Finnish production company that specialices in creative documentary filmmaking. The company was established in 1987 by filmmakers Pertti Veijalainen, Jouko Aaltonen and Heimo Lappalainen. Since then more than 100 productions have been completed, including twelwe international co-productions. The company invests in developing entertaining, emotionally engaging films that spark debate about the society and politics in the world today.

Illume produces films for cinema and TV distribution and TV-series. Illume's films feature regularly in domestic festivals and they have won a number of prestigious awards worldwide. The company has received European Union MEDIA development slate funding four times, in 2003, 2010 2012 and 2015.

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Pertti Veijalainen

Pertti Veijalainen

Managing Director, Producer

Pertti Veijalainen has studied film theory and history, philosophy, communications, sosiology and literature in Universities of Stockholm and Helsinki. He graduated from the Film Department, University of Industrial Arts, Helsinki in 1984. He has worked as a cinematographer in both film and video, but nowadays he has concentrated on producing. He is also a graduate of the international Media EAVE program and works as Managing Director of Illume Ltd.

Jouko Aaltonen

Jouko Aaltonen

Producer, Director

Directed numerous documentaries with subjects ranging from the Siberian taiga to the diplomatic circles of New Delhi. In 2006 he released the feature length documentary Revolution that garnered record-breaking audiences and the Finnish Jussi award for best documentary. He is also a popular lecturer and an author of study books on cinema. He graduated from the Film Department, University of Industrial Arts, Helsinki in 1984 achieved his Doctor of Arts degree in 2006.


Oona Saari

Associate Producer

Oona studied Film and TV in Metropolia University of Applied Sciences and graduated 2018. She started working in Illume 2017 as a production trainee, but is now working as a associate producer. She have also worked as a project and content producer and owns a extensive expertise from the field of multimedia.