Jukka-Pekka Laakso is the festival director of Tampere Film Festival, Finland. He has been involved with the selection and programming since 2000. As a festival director he shares the responsibility to strategic planning and programming with the co-director of the festival. Jukka-Pekka Laakso acts also as the executive director for Pirkanmaa Film Centre a local film center in Tampere. The film center is a non-profit organization that runs an art-house cinema, distributes films in Finland and works extensively with media education. Jukka-Pekka Laakso is a member of European Film Academy.