Northern Script wants to improve and support young screenwriters’ position in the Nordic countries. This year Northern Script will offer a mentoring session for the winner of the competition. The mentor is an experienced Finnish film producer Jussi Rantamäki from Aamu Film Company. The mentoring session will be held online during the late 2021 or early 2022.
The aim of the mentoring is to discuss the winner’s artistic work and to support his/her career as a writer. The discussion or mentoring session comes from the needs of the winner and can cover themes such as:
- Developing the winning script
- How to get script into production
- How to find financial support
- Screenwriting as a profession
Introducing the mentor
Jussi Rantamäki (1980) was born in Kokkola, Finland. After graduating from high school, he studied in the university of applied sciences and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in cultural management in 2004. Rantamäki started working as a producer in Aamu Film Company Ltd in 2008. His first two productions premiered at the Berlinale and the Cannes Film Festival. He became the sole owner of Aamu Film company in 2013 and the first feature he produced The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki won prix un Certain Regard in Cannes 2016 and was sold to over 30 countries.
Jussi has participated EAVE and was the Finnish producer on the Move in Cannes in 2013. He was chosen the producer of the year by fellow Finnish producers and also received the State Art Prize in 2016. He became a member of ACE producer’s networks in 2017.
He works closely with four devoted directors in long term relationships that start from making short films and develop into international fiction features.
Selection of filmography and festivals:
THE HAPPIEST DAY INT THE LIFE OF OLLI MÄKI, 94′ dir. Juho Kuosmanen
Prix un Certain Regard, Cannes 2016
ANY DAY NOW, 83′ dir. Hamy Ramezan
Premiere in Berlinale Generation 2021
FUCKING WITH NOBODY 95’ dir. Hannaleena Hauru
Premiere in Venice International Film Festival 2020
THICK LASHES OF LAURI MÄNTYVAARA, 95′ dir. Hannaleena Hauru
Premiere in Torino IFF 2017
TIGER, 10′ dir. Mikko Myllylahti
Premiere in Cannes Critics Week 2018
LADY TIME, 62’ dir. Elina Talvensaari
Premiere in International Documentary Festival Amsterdam 2019
THE PAINTING SELLERS, 60’, dir. Juho Kuosmanen,
1 st prize Cannes Cinefondation 2010.