FOUNDERS

We came, we saw, we kicked its ass.

Blockbusters Gang Network was originally founded by four aspiring filmmakers in 2014. In 2016 Emma Ilves and Iiris Orasmaa, two of the founding members, took the lead and established a limited company to take it to the next level.

© Henni Hyvärinen / Red Carpet Film Festival 2019

Emma Ilves  was first introduced to the film industry in 2012 while doing her marketing internship in a film production company. After finishing her business studies, she continued working in film marketing, sales and distribution both in Finland and abroad. Taking the role of a CEO of Blockbusters Gang was natural for Emma, as creating and running a successful business had been one of her biggest dreams. 

These days Emma mostly focuses on running the business rather than client work. It’s not the easiest business model to hire out project-based workforce with all the Finnish laws and regulations while keeping the service as smooth and reliable as possible – both for the productions and the workers. Challenge accepted! 

Iiris Orasmaa (née Juutilainen) has a strong filming background. She started her career at an early age, working on multiple indie film productions, and is known as one of Finland’s top 1st Assistant Directors with strong international experience. Besides Scandinavia and the Baltic countries, Iiris has also filmed in the US and Africa and worked with crews from all over the world.

Iiris’ goal is to be an essential part of taking the culture of working in film and TV to the next level. She’s passionate to learn more herself as well as to share her knowledge. In Blockbusters Gang, Iiris focuses on leading the Academy and helping out industry newcomers to fulfill their dreams. When Emma’s making sure our company develops, Iiris is driving our gang members to evolve on their skills.