Filmmaker and Screenwriter

Mika Gustafson was born in 1988 in Linköping, Sweden. She holds a Bachelor's degree in film directing from Valand Academy, Gothenburg. In her short films, she proposes hazy tales of youth, in which reality and fiction are confused by way of partially scripted stories, montage, and handheld camerawork, as the director throws herself with absolute immediacy into the medium. Working with both fiction and documentary, her first feature film was the documentary Silvana (2017), about the Swedish rapper Silvana Imam, which earned her the Swedish Golden Guldbagge for Best Documentary. Her first feature-length fiction film, Paradise is Burning (2023), was awarded the Orizzonti Award for Best Director at the Venice Film Festival.