Are you good at writing? Are you 18 – 25 years of age? Have you always dreamt of writing a movie script? Northern Script is an opportunity for you to learn and to compete with others like you. The competition is open for non-professional young scriptwriters living in the Nordic countries Finland, Sweden or Norway. The finalists will be chosen to work with professional tutors. The best three manuscripts will be awarded.
The competition theme is “Stranger”. Feel free to express the theme in your script. The theme can come up literally, symbolically or as a feeling, an atmosphere. The script can be based on your real life experiences or it can be fully imaginary. You are free to choose the genre.
You can participate in the competition with a maximum of 10 pages of short film script. The theme of the competition must be seen in the script.
The script must be written in script format. Examples of movie scripts can be found in imsdb.com. You can also use certain writing programs that modify the text straight into script format. Remember, format is secondary, the content is what matters!
The script must be written in your own language (Finnish, Swedish or Norwegian) or in English. Choose a nickname and write it on the cover page. Avoid writing your own name in the script.
The script must be sent to the national organization via email on the 20th of August, 2017 at the latest. The email addresses can be found in “Contact information”. Save your script in pdf format and send it as an email attachment. In the email text write your nickname, your name and your contact information (address, phone number, email address and date of birth). The subject line must read “Northern Script 2017”.
Aim of the competition
The aim of the competition is to find new, talented, promising and developable short movie scripts and scriptwriters. The aim is to help the participants develop their scripts and scriptwriting skills, not to look for fully finished versions. Personality and courage are emphasized.
Feedback will be given to all participants.
Who can join?
The competition is available to all youngsters between 18-25 years living in Finland, Sweden and Norway. Earlier experience of scriptwriting is not required.
Sufficient English language skills are needed. The qualified finalists will participate in an international scriptwriting workshop. The language of the workshop is English.
The participants must be able to join the scriptwriting workshop in Oulu in November 2017. The workshop dates are 15 – 17 November, 2017. Those who are qualified to finals but cannot join the workshop and finals are replaced with another participant from their country who wasn’t qualified originally.
The number of finalists will be twelve (12), the best four (4) chosen from each country. The best three of the finalists will be awarded. The winners will be announced at the Oulu International Children’s and Youth Film Festival.
Participation is free of charge. The twelve finalists are invited to the workshop with no costs for finalists: travelling expenses, accommodation, one warm meal per day and the workshop program are included.
Twelve qualified finalists participate in a scriptwriting workshop which will take place during the Oulu International Children’s and Youth Film Festival in November 2017. The finalists will be working in small groups developing their scripts with the help and guidance of professional tutors. The aim of the workshop is to encourage the participants to keep on writing and to help them find their own personal way of expression, and to give some tools to improve their writing skills. The best three of the finalists will receive an award at the end of the workshop.
The Oulu International Children’s and Youth Film Festival will provide guest passes to all the 12 finalists so the finalists are allowed to see the festival films free of charge. The language used in the workshop is English. The organizer will have all the manuscripts translated into English.