Veli-Matti Saikkonen was born on August 18, 1941 in Joensuu, Finland. He is a director and writer, known for Kersantin kunnia (1997), Yhdeksän miehen saappaat (1969) and Takiaispallo (1970). He has been married to Laura Kahma since 1981. He was previously married to Viena-Marja Saarelainen.