Mikko Gaestel (*1982, Hamburg) is a filmmaker, photographer and video artist living in Berlin. He studied Art and Media at University of the Arts Berlin, finishing with a Meisterschüler degree, and Fine Arts at Iceland Academy of the Arts Reykjavik. He has been working for numerous international theatre projects, including Elmgreen & Dragset, Rimini Protokoll and Lola Arias. 2013 he was awarded the Elsa-Neumann-Scholarship of the state of Berlin. His own works have been exhibited at institutions including Goethe Institute New York, Bremerhaven Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Helsinki, Future Gallery Berlin and Dumbo Arts Center New York. His documentary feature debut The Great Fortune won the Grand Prize at Belgrade international Film Festival 2016.