Northern Script is calling for you!

Are you aged between 18 and 25 years and interested in screenwriting? Northern Script competition is your chance! The competition is now calling for new short film scripts! NB – all the scripts should be written in English.

Send your own, maximum ten page script to the competition. The texts should not arrive later than the 5th of September 2021. 

The best six scripts are chosen for the online scriptwriting workshops 18th – 20th of November 2021. The winner of the competition will be announced during the workshop. 

The winner of the competition will have a chance to participate in a film workshop in Tromsø, Norway in summer 2022 as part of the NUFF Film Festival. The prize includes workshop program, food and accommodation in Tromsø. Part of the travel expenses are also sponsored for the winner. 


Theme of the competition

The competition theme of the year 2021 is “trust”. 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 imsdb.com. 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 5.9.2021.


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 online at the end of November

The best six scripts are chosen for the online scriptwriting workshops 18th – 20th of November 2021. The workshop is held during the 40th Oulu International Children’s and Youth Film Festival. During the workshop, finalists can learn more about screenwriting. The winner of the Northern Script will be announced at the end of the workshop.

Metka Centre for Media Education owns the right for possible program changes.

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