Northern Script is coming 2021!

Northern Script 2021 is under planning. More info coming later!

The Northern Script competition is open for youngsters living in Finland, Sweden and in Norway. You can participate without any previous screenwriting experience.

The competition theme

The competition theme of the year 2020 is “isolation”. You can use the theme in your writing in multiple ways. You can use the theme by literal, symbolic or by emotional perspective.  The theme can also be related to societal circumstances. Be creative!

The script can be based on your own life experiences, or it can be purely a creation of your imagination. There are no restrictions on genre. You can decide which style you want to use.

How to participate

You can participate in the competition with a maximum of 10 pages of a short film script. The theme of the competition must be seen in the script.

The script must be sent to the competition organisation via email. The e-mail address is:

The script must be written in script format. Examples of movie scripts can be found in You can also use specific writing programs that modify the text straight into script format. Remember, the format is secondary; the content is what matters!

The script must be written in English. Choose a nickname and write it on the cover page. Do not write your name in the script. The scripts will be juried anonymously.

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”.

Deadline for participation is 6.9.2020.


Aim of the competition

The competition aims to find new, talented and promising short movie scripts and scriptwriters. The aim is to help the participants to find their own voice, develop their scripts and scriptwriting skills, not to look for fully finished versions. Personality and courage are emphasised. 

Who can join?

The competition is available to all youngsters between 18-25 years living in Finland, Sweden and Norway. Earlier experience of screenwriting is not required.

Sufficient English language skills are required. The qualified finalists will participate in an international scriptwriting workshop held in English.

Screenwriting workshop in Oulu at the end of November

The best six writers will be invited to a screenwriting workshop held in Oulu. The workshop is held from 19th to 21st of November during the Oulu International Children’s and Youth Film Festival. During the workshop, finalists can learn more about screenwriting and participate in the Oulu International Children’s and Youth Film Festival. The winner of the Northern Script will be announced at the end of the workshop.


Participation is free of charge. The finalists are invited to the workshop with no costs: travelling expenses, accommodation and meals are included with the workshop program.

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