Northern Script is a Nordic Short Film Script Writing Event which aims to network aspiring storytellers & scriptwriters across the Nordic countries. The Northern Script is open for 18-29 year old Nordic youth living in the following regions: Finland, Sweden, Norway, Åland islands, Denmark, Iceland, Faroe islands, Greenland and Sápmi – Samiland.

2.12.2022It’s been little over a week since the young Nordic scriptwriters returned from the Northern Script Camp from the Oulu International Children’s and Youth Film Festival and what an incredible week we had there!!! STORYTELLING WITH THE HELP OF A GAME CALLED ‘A WEREWOLF’ From the very first evening the participants hit it off and made true connections with each other. Rebekka Rut Svasdottir, a Northern Script finalist from Iceland made quite an entrance to the camp by introducing a fun storytelling game called ‘Werewolf. The ‘Werewolf’ game’ got all the camp participants to relax and get to know each other through storytelling, fantasy, imagination AND a lot of humor. The game settled the spirit of the camp from the very early on and got everyone out of their shells to trust one another in a welcoming mood. THREE NORDIC SHORT FILMS This year the Northern Script made history as we collaborated for the first time ever with the local Film students of OSAO Vocational College, from Oulu Finland. Young Nordic scriptwriters from all over the Nordic countries (Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland & Faroe Islands) wrote together three short films with the help of their mentor, a Finnish professional scriptwriter, Milla Tuokkola. During the writing process, the writers were in contact with the local Film students who made the casting, edited & shot the short films.  Once the camp started, the Nordic writers and the Finnish Film students finally met each other for real and got to see the modern facilities of the OSAO Media department in Oulu, Finland. At the OSAO school the Nordic writers & the local film makers made an introduction video of themselves and the writers followed a bit of the raw cut editing process of the short films as well. SCRIPTWRITING WORKSHOPS BY NORDIC TALENTS Most of the camp relied on the scriptwriting workshops held by magnificent Faroese film director Andrias Høgenni and the excellent Icelandic actress and scriptwriter Kolbrún Anna Björnsdóttir.  Andrias Høgenni Andrias Høgenni is a Faroese film director who moved to Denmark in 2009. He graduated from Super16 in 2018, and his thesis-film “Ikki illa meint” won the Canal+ Award for best short film at Semaine de la Critique in the Cannes 2019 festival. It also won the Danish Academy Award (Robert) for best short film the same year. He has since directed two Tv-series for Danmarks Radio. The latest one being “Ingen vej tilbage”, which premiered on DRTV in 2022 Kolbrún Anna Björnsdóttir  Kolbrún Anna Björnsdóttir is an Icelandic actress and scriptwriter, working both on stage and screen since her graduation from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Kolbrún Anna co-founded and ran two independent theatre companies: Theatre of the Republic and Ekka Dance Theatre, the latter pioneering in dance theatre in Iceland.  Kolbrún Anna has been working as a teacher in addition to her work as an artist and is currently the Head of Acting and Movement at the Icelandic Film School. She is also a published author of children’s fiction and educational materials. Kolbrún Anna recently wrote and acted in the 8-part TV-drama FRACTURES, airing in 2022, based on her original idea. The series was co-written with Vala Thorsdottir and co-created with Vala Thorsdottir and Eva Sigurdardottir. — The Northern Script workshops focused both on the theory of storytelling and the character creation as well as practical exercises about feedback and pitching. One of the most memorable exercises was given at the end of the camp when the participants were asked to go outside to the snowy streets of Oulu to observe people and choose one person to write a fictional character analysis. Once back inside the participants in pairs of two had to create a story where two of these fictional characters met. All the stories created by the finalists turned out to be really fascinating and it was a perfect way to teach in a practical way about character creation and its importance in a story. DIVERSITY IN FILMS On Friday, Venla Hellstedt, a Finnish producer from Tuffi Films, came to hold a lecture about the scripts with diversity and about the presentation on the films. Hellstedt really got the participants to talk freely about the subject. In the end it was concluded that as much as diversity is in everyone’s lips at the moment in the film industry-  it can be considered quite multidimensional and there are no easy answers. I think many participants got the feeling that whilst acknowledging the diversity issues in the scripts of today, at the end of the day you just have to believe in your story and stay true to yourself no matter what. PEHKOLA SAUNA EVENING Besides the scriptwriting workshops, the participants of the camp got nearly VIP treatment by the Oulu Film Festival. Each Northern Script finalist got VIP tickets to the Oulu Film festival and also invitations to some VIP Film events. One of the high points of the week was certainly our trip by bus to Pehkola Sauna which was situated in the middle of a thick forest and pure white snow. After our arrival to Pehkola, we all got to taste the most delicious salmon soup and afterwards to bathe with the international film directors, scriptwriters and producers in the guest saunas. In the mist of the sauna – everyone feels equal. Therefore the communication between the professionals of the film industry and the Northern Script finalists was absolutely genuine and effortless. OULU FILM FESTIVAL Northern Script camp is always held at the same time as the Oulu International Children’s and Youth Film Festival. Each year the festival organizes some film screenings for the Northern Script finalists. This year was no exception. First we were invited to view a long feature film called, Freeskate,  by Roope Olenius and scriptwriter Veera W. Vilo. The idea for the script came from Vilo’s own past in the world of gymnastics. The script wanted to show the brutal and somewhat impossible requirements of the sports industry towards young girls. Some of the scenes were brutal to watch but important to see. The side role by Finnish actress,Leena Uotila, was spot on. Afterwards the finalists were given a chance to ask multiple questions from both the director and the scriptwriter. In the evening we were invited to watch a new children’s film ‘Detective Agency Henkka & Kivimutka’ by directors Väinö Weckström and Jarkko Felin. The script was based on the book series by Kalle Vierto. It was delightful to see such a colorful and truly well done Finnish children’s film with a positive message. At the end of the Northern Script camp, the whole audience of the Oulu Film Festival, the Northern Script finalists & the local OSAO Film students were all invited to a first ever screening of the three common Nordic Short Films. The films were written by the Nordic Northern Script finalists together in small groups and shot & edited by the local OSAO Film students. Each of the project participants got diplomas of the hard work they had done during the autumn 2022 in front of the live audience in the Valve Cultural Centre. Hopefully these diplomas will help the participants in their search to pursue a career in the film industry.  GROWING PAINS (Emma Finot (DE), Ester Högberg (SE) & Mimmi Riikonen (FI) A WARMING REMEMBRANCE (Brage Grindeland (NO), Kjetil Heimdall-Handen (NO), Anna Hirvi (FI) & Khali Hashi (DE) SCARF (Rebekka Rut Svansdóttir (IS), Kerttu Pakkasvirta (FI), Sølvi Næs Hoydal (FO) The short films dealt with themes and topics such as compulsion, otherworldly & regret. Each of the three short films were well scripted and surprisingly well edited & shot. Keeping in mind that all the people involved in this project are still aspiring filmmakers, the end result was amazingly good. The fact that these young people were able to put it together and evoke real emotions among the audience in such a short and tight time schedule, I can’t but applause to them all !! A FAREWELL PARTY – A NIGHT TO REMEMBER At the end of the whole one-week-long Northern Script Camp, both the Northern Script finalists & the local OSAO Film students were invited for a common Nordic farewell party at the Turusen Saha which worked as the finalist’s accommodation and workshops place throughout the week. There in the big dining room, the lights were dimmed and decorations were put out for a big party. In my own end speech the tears were near as all the emotions concerning this project came through. All the proudness of these young aspiring scriptwriters, the true connections they made in the camp and the collaboration with the local Film students made me full of joy and happiness. After the tears, we put karaoke on and it turned out that scriptwriters and filmmakers can actually be really good singers as well. The prize for the best performance of the evening goes to Sølvi Næs Hoydal from the Faroe Islands whose imitation of Johnny Cash might just be better than the real version itself!! The more we sang – the more it became true that this one-week-long-camp had made us all, the workshop leaders, the producers and the finalists real friends – friends who you can reach out to in different times of your life. That connection is something beautiful and I can’t wait where these aspiring Nordic scriptwriters will go in their film career in the future and what kind of possible collaborations might happen in the Nordic Film Industry because of the Northern Script 2022. Only time will tell. Written by the Producer of the Northern Script 2022, Johanna Lappalainen — Northern Script 2022 was funded by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, Mediametka ry, Nordic Culture Point, and Nordisk kulturfond with the help of the Nordic Northern Script Partners [...] Read more...
4.11.2022This year Northern Script started something spectacular.  With the help of the two cultural fundings by Nordic Culture Point and Nordic Kulturfond, Northern Script was able to spread its workshops all over the Nordic countries reaching young people in faraway places such as the Faroe Islands, Iceland and the Sapmi community. Besides the Nordic workshops, the project was able to start a completely new activity – Nordic Group Scriptwriting.  A Nordic Group Scriptwriting consists of all the 10 selected Northern Script finalists who together in small groups write remotely three Short Film Scripts with the help of a Finnish mentor. Each aspiring scriptwriter is located in another Nordic country and they were each given a theme from which to select their best script idea. With the help of a Professional Finnish scriptwriter, Milla Tuokkola, each group is given a lecture, a verbal feedback & a written feedback. Each group also receives short feedback from the Nordic workshop leaders. Milla Tuokkola In her lecture ‘Writer’s rooms aka how to write in a group’ Milla describes the group scriptwriting in a captivating and funny way. Milla used a lot of her own experience working in both England and the United States as a great example of group scriptwriting dynamics. She also gave the Northern Script finalists tips on how to start writing in a team, keywords being dedicating time to know each other, mutual trust & good communication.  Although writing in a team has just started to land in Nordic countries, it is still much more popular in the United Stated where several sitcoms and TV-series are written in teams. Milla Tuokkola has been writing in a writers’ room for the Finnish TV for some time now and it feels the best way for her to work at the moment. According to Tuokkola: ‘What you write together will always be better than what you could write alone. Always.’ It is obvious that the group scriptwriting is coming towards the Nordic countries for the TV series, sitcoms and films. The more the young Nordic scriptwriters get to practice these group scriptwriting skills, the better equipped they will be for the Nordic & Global TV- and Film Industry. The three common Nordic Films will be written by the Northern Script finalists during autumn 2022 and they will be shot and edited by the OSAO Vocational College students in Oulu in November 2022. The finalists had their first Pre production Meeting with the Oulu Film College students 2nd of November and it looks like that the scripts and the storyboards are coming along well. I already have goosebumps when reading these young scriptwriters’ common scripts and can’t wait to see the end results on the screen later this month.  All the Short Films will be shown at the end of the Oulu International Children’s & Youth Film Festival 19th of November in Valvesali between 2pm -3pm. More information about Oulu International Children’s & Youth Film Festival https://www.oulufilmfestival.fi/en/home/      [...] Read more...
28.10.2022Inuk Jørgensen, an award-winning short film writer/director from Greenland, gave a short lecture to the Northern Script Youth Committee on Wednesday evening (26th of October) and he was very welcomed by the members of the Youth Committee.  Inuk works and lives in Sweden as the Head of the film department of Nordiska folkhögskolan but he is a Greenlandic inuit and very proud and aware of his inuit roots. In his lecture he talked about the importance of telling a short film story by using a personal approach in them. We are all unique persons with different stories to be told.  According to Inuk, the more personal the story is- the more interesting it gets. He used his own short film –’In the shadow of the Tugtupite’ (2020) as an example of a short story. The film explores the beauty of Greenland, while questioning the extractive industries taking from these lands and worrying about the long term effects of these harmful activities. The Film has been awarded in many Film festivals all over the world and it touches subjects such as: human rights, Nordic, historical, local vs global, colonisation, geopolitics, history, arctic and indigenous peoples of Greenland. In his short film Inuk doesn’t want to point any fingers but he does tell the story from the inuit point of view and from his own point of view.  The location of the film is Inuk’s own home village where he grew up and therefore the story has a very personal twist in it. Inuk also uses the greenlandic folktales in his short film and pointed out to us that the Inuit folklore doesn’t view the world the same way as the Western world. Greenlandic folk tales actually don’t have individual heroes but instead it is the community who is the hero. All the way through his lecture Inuk kept emphasizing the importance of personality in the short stories and the Nordic unique way of telling the stories. As we cannot compete with Hollywood with big budgets – we should instead focus on the Nordic perspective and the unique Nordic way of telling our stories. According to Inuk, personal stories written from your own background in mind are always interesting for the viewer.  After listening Inuk talking to us on Wednesday and watching his Greenlandic short film, I can see the big personal touch he indeed has put on his short film.  Inuk ended his lecture by saying ‘Short Films are perfect to carry on a feeling’. I hope the new generation of Nordic scriptwriters will take the torch forward regarding Inuk’s message about carrying feelings with their short stories and continue to write Nordic stories which touch the viewer deeply inside.  — Northern Script camp is held this year during the Oulu International Children’s & Youth Film Festival 14th-20th of November in Oulu, Finland. Check out our web pages regarding the scriptwriting camp. New information coming soon!   [...] Read more...
7.9.2022The Year 2022 was phenomenal as Northern Script got more scripts from the Nordic countries than ever before in our history. Over 60 scripts were sent to the Northern Script Jury in different Nordic countries (Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Faroe Islands) by the talented Nordic storytellers. This year’s theme was ‘Temptation’ and the theme was shown in the scripts literally, symbolically and some from an emotional perspective.  Congratulations to all the Northern Script finalists and to all of you who took the initiative and wrote us a script this year. You are all very much valued!! Each participant will receive feedback on your script during this autumn. Year 2022 finalists are: Mimmi Riikonen  (Ei tippa tapa) FINLAND Anna Hirvi  (Release it) FINLAND Kerttu Pakkasvirta (Varas Ikkunassa) FINLAND Ester Melin Högberg (Katten och Musen) SWEDEN Brage Grindeland  & Kjetil-Heimdall Hansen (Unwanted) NORWAY Emma Finot (Strike) DENMARK  Khali Hashi (Det er sidste gang) DENMARK Rebekka Rut Svansdóttir (Rapture) ICELAND Sølvi Næs Hoydal (Tonigh was the night) FAROE ISLANDS All the finalists will automatically be selected to the Northern Script Group Scriptwriting Mentoring Program which lasts from 12th of September until 14th of November 2022. Each Nordic finalist is also invited to join our one-week-long Northern Script camp in Northern Finland, Oulu, located only 170km from the Arctic Circle (14th – 20th of November 2022). The scriptwriting camp is totally FREE for the participants. Transportation, food, accommodation, international workshops, international film lecturers, local scenery, local sauna and VIP Tickets to the Oulu International Children’s and Youth Film Festival are all included. At the end of the camp, all the Northern Script Group Short Films will be shown in front of a live audience during Oulu Film Festivals.  Next year we will arrange a new Northern Script with local Nordic workshops starting in spring time 2023. Northern Script is always in a lookout for new committed members for the Youth Committee. More information about how to participate to the Youth Committee here on our Webpage. Stay tuned for interviews and articles about our wonderful finalists and their journey with the Northern Script Mentoring Program and the scriptwriting Camp 2022!   [...] Read more...
17.8.2022NORTHERN SCRIPT CLOSING UP SOON Hurry up!! Northern Script Competition is about to close up in 5 days. The deadline for the short film scripts is 22nd of August 2022. Note! Each participant gets a FEEDBACK of their script sent to the competition! If you have a story to be told, please please send it to your Northern Script partner by this Friday.  All Nordic Email addresses can be found from ‘HOW TO PARTICIPATE’- section on our webpage.  Finnish scripts can be send to the following address johanna.lappalainen(a)mediametka.fi THEME  This year’s theme is TEMPTATION. You can use the theme in your scriptwriting in multiple ways. You can use the theme literally, symbolically or from an emotional perspective.  The theme can also be related to societal circumstances.  SCRIPT The script can be based on your own life experience, 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. Be bold & creative! Script Max Length: 10 pages Script Font: Courier Font Size: 12 NORTHERN SCRIPT CAMP IN NOVEMBER The best Nordic scriptwriters get to be chosen to participate in a one-week-long scriptwriting camp in the North of Finland located only 170km from the Arctic Circle (14-20th of November 2022). The camp is totally FREE for the participants. Transportation, food, accommodation, international workshops, international film lecturers, local scenery, local sauna and VIP Tickets to the Oulu International Children’s and Youth Film Festival are included. GROUP FILM SCRIPTWRITING PROGRAMME In addition all finalists will get to participate in a Group Short Film Scriptwriting -programme. At the end of the camp, all the Northern Script short films will be shown in front of a live audience during Oulu Film Festivals. If you are an aspiring scriptwriter with a talent of writing stories and interest in filmmaking – This is a Must Event for you! Are you interested? More information can be found from the ‘HOW TO PARTICIPATE’ -section. GOOD LUCK! [...] Read more...
10.8.2022‘You open up a new document, ready to write your next screenplay. But after a while you realize that no words have stuck on the page, you don’t really know what to write or how to start. All you see is the dreaded blank page.’ The first Northern Script workshop in Sweden was organized during PIXEL Skånes Film Festival 29-30 April 2022 by the Swedish workshop leader David Wramneby. The workshop was about how to soften the existential dread that the blank page can sometimes give a writer. Since writing a story isn’t a step by step process Wramneby gave some of his tips and tricks on how to overcome the blank page. He mainly focused on 2 things, looking for the main focus in the story or trying to find the core of the story. He likened these 2 processes to a funnel. The first was to look through the small hole of the funnel. To look for the main focus of the story. Trying to find what is going to happen in the story. Will the main character achieve their goal? What is that goal? How will they go about it? Will Frodo get the ring to Mt doom? Will Marlin find Nemo? The second method he used was to turn the funnel upright and pour in all of the “ingredients” and see if you can find the core of the story coming out of the other end. The example Wramneby used here was when he wrote a tv-series for a channel. (SVT Barn)They wanted a horror show for teens and since David isn’t a teen anymore. He had to research. At the end, he took all of the research he gathered and the restrictions from the production company. Put everything in the funnel and looked for the core of the story at the other end. David told this to the 20-30 workshop attendees and hopefully they, as well as you dear reader, now have some help on how to combat the blank page. The writer of the article is Mattias Staaf, a member of the Northern Script Youth Committee [...] Read more...
22.6.2022NORTHERN SCRIPT Opportunities for young screenwriters from Nordic countries are important for fostering new talent. Northern script is an event aimed to help aspiring storytellers from Nordic countries to network. It offers workshops for young writers in the following countries; Norway Denmark Sweden Iceland Faroe Islands Finland  Greenland Sápmi/Samiland Åland Islands In this blog, we’ll go over the workshop facilitated in Iceland on the 14th of May 2022. We’ll go over what was discussed, give some examples, tips and tricks, and finally some pointers from the facilitator, Kolbrún Anna Björnsdóttir. OVERVIEW  We were seated in a lecture room in ‘Kvikmyndaskóli Íslands’. There weren’t many of us but as we say in Iceland ‘Fáment en góðment’, which translates to ‘few people but good people’. Kolbrún began by explaining what Northern script is about – a nordic screenwriting contest, opportunities for young screenwriters in the Nordic countries, and so forth – then dove straight into her PowerPoint, telling us how one can put all stories into 6 categories (more on that later) and discussing the ‘science’ of scriptwriting. The workshop was beginner-friendly and Kolbrún created an atmosphere that made you feel comfortable asking questions, and there were a lot of questions. She talked about formatting and helped us fit our favorite films into the 6 categories in order to better understand what she was talking about (again, more on that later). Overall, it was a beginner-friendly workshop that offered good advice and insight for participants taking their first steps in screenwriting. EXAMPLES FROM THE WORKSHOP  To get into more detail, Kolbrún went over the core elements that make up a story. First, she mentioned the 6 stories of man, she explained that most – if not all – stories humans have ever created can be sorted into 1 of these 6 archetypes;  Rags to riches – a steady rise from bad to good fortune Riches to rags – a fall from good to bad, a tragedy Icarus – a rise then a fall in fortune Oedipus – a fall, a rise then a fall again Cinderella – rise, fall, rise Man in a hole – fall, rise Looks like originality is out the window… Well not exactly, Kolbrún reassured us that everyone has their own unique experience and point of view to bring to a story, so if you were to ask ’’what makes my story original?’’ Kolbrún would answer;  You!  Kolbrún also introduced us to the 8-point story arc to help us simplify and see stories more clearly. These 8 points are as follows: Stasis: Here you introduce your character and the world they live in. Trigger: Something is introduced that threatens or changes the world of the character. This could be a want or need they have or an external force.  The quest: Now your character has been thrust into unfamiliar circumstances Surprise: Something unexpected happens along the way Critical choice:    Your character is forced to make a hard choice, it’s very popular that this choice be between their want and their need. The climax:  The most intense part of the story; the breakthrough, the boss fight, the end of the race.  Reversal: The character recognizes that the world – and probably they themselves – have changed. Resolution: The protagonist has finished their journey and the story has ended.  This blueprint can be helpful for beginners and fun for everyone to see if you can find these points in your favorite stories.  STUDENT INTERVIEWS  The participants were fewer than expected but everyone seemed very happy with the workshop. We spoke to Guðrún, who when asked if she had heard about Northern Script before the workshop replied; that the name was familiar but she had never really known what it was. Kormákur (a friend of one of the youth committee members) said they first heard about it on an Instagram story advertising the workshop. Many expressed their satisfaction, like Tinna who said: ‘The workshop was both fun and informative!’.These participants also seemed eager to take part in the scriptwriting competition and so should you! TIPS AND TRICKS As a beginner, it may be intimidating to write a script for a competition, but do not fret! Kolbrún gave us some handy info to get us started on creating our story. Firstly, we need to keep in mind the length of the script, as this is a short film (10 mins max) you have to be aware of the important plot progression in your story, each page, and each minute has to be important and used to its full potential. The story has to contain all of the same elements as a full-length film but in a fraction of the time, so take your full-length story and tell only a small chunk of it. It can also be helpful to tell a more visual story as dialogue takes up a lot of space. Remember SHOW DON´T TELL!  It is also helpful to write about one’s own experiences, no need to get too literal but remember why we relate to the stories we love, it could be a similar experience, shared emotion, or a fantasy. Writing what you know is much easier than writing what you don´t.  Last but not least Kolbrún found it important for us to know that we can never write for everyone. What she means by that is we can’t make everyone happy, write for a specific group of people, for instance, someone going through a heartbreak, people who have never experienced it may not relate to or like your story but someone out there will!    Q & A WITH KOLBRÚN  After the session, we caught up with Kolbrún to ask her some questions. Why should people participate in Northern Script? The Northern script offers a great opportunity, on one hand with free workshops and subsequent ones for the winners. By attending the workshops you get the opportunity to network and to meet professionals in the industry What is important to keep in mind when participating in a script competition? Start early, rewrite, and make sure that your last draft is airtight (Review the grammar) Do you have any tips? Write about something that matters to you and you know well   The blog is written by the Icelandic members of the Northern Script Youth Committee, Elizabeth Karen & David Örn Ingimarsson — Landscape photos by Jeffrey Fredrick Guarino Workshop photos by Elizabeth Karen [...] Read more...
1.6.2022DO YOU HAVE A TALENT FOR WRITING STORIES? Northern Script is Nordic Short Film Script Writing Event aimed for 18-29 year old writers living in the Nordic countries. We are currently looking for SCRIPTWRITERS & STORYTELLERS to participate in the Northern Script Competition 2022. Northern Script aims to help the participants to find their own voice & develop their script writing skills. Earlier experience of screenwriting is not required. Instead personality and courage are emphasized. The deadline for the short film scripts is 22nd of August 2022.  Note! Each participant gets FEEDBACK of their script sent to the competition! The best Nordic scriptwriters get to be chosen to participate in a one-week-long scriptwriting camp in the North of Finland located only 170km from the Arctic Circle (14th -20th of March 2022). The camp is totally FREE for the participants. Transportation, food, accommodation, international workshops, international film lecturers, local scenery, local sauna and VIP Tickets to the Oulu International Children’s and Youth Film Festival are included. In addition all finalists will get to participate in a Group Short Film Scriptwriting -programme with the Professional scriptwriter, Milla Tuokkola. At the end of the camp, all the Northern Script short films will be shown in front of a live audience during Oulu Film Festivals. If you are an aspiring scriptwriter with a talent of writing stories and interest in filmmaking – This Event is a Must for you! Check the How to Participate section for more information.  [...] Read more...
25.5.2022  This spring Northern Script organized for the first time ever scriptwriting workshops in 9 different places in the Nordic countries (Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Åland Islands & Sami region) The Finnish workshop was held 13th of May 2022 inside the legendary Cinema Orion. The workshop leaders, Mette Lagerstam and Elina Vitkala from Ihmefilmi ry, talked about short films in general, about experimental short films and about short film funding and distribution.  According to Lagerstam and Vitkala the different categories of the short films are 1) Funny  2) Poetic 3) Metaphoric. During the workshop we were shown a short film from each category. The funny one was by Teemu Nikki: ‘Kalajuttu’. The Poetic one was by PV Lehtinen ‘Krump’. The Metaphoric one was by Jani Leinonen ‘Goodbye Reality’. Many of the audience reacted to the short films with enjoyment and laughter and the screenings made the workshop more concrete, giving cinematic pauses between the lecture itself. The workshop went also through the format of a script and gave different tools on how to start writing your own short film script. The plot of the script can come anywhere but it is the personal scripts that in many cases can be the most relatable to the audience. All in all the workshop showed a lot of different short films not known to the audience which gave the Northern Script participants new ideas on which direction perhaps to take their own short film scripts in the future. In the end Lagerstam & Vitkala called in for being brave and bold and to find their own voice in scriptwriting.  All the things which are the most important in our Northern Script concept as well. Hopefully the Northern Script participants left Orion more bold & confident and with more knowledge than before about the short films and scriptwriting. Now we are just waiting for the creative and daring scripts to be sent to the Northern Script. The deadline for the scripts is 22nd of August 2022. The address is johanna.lappalainen(a)mediametka.fi or  nosi(a)mediametka.fi   Article by Johanna Lappalainen Photos by Miikka Ylipekka [...] Read more...
6.5.2022Are you an aspiring filmmaker & interested in scriptwriting? Do not miss out the opportunity of your lifetime to meet up with multi-talented Mette Lagerstam and Elina Vitkala from IhmeFilmi ry and to get a chance to talk about short films & scriptwriting in general.  This year the live Northern Script workshop is held in an amazing place. Inside the legendary Movie Theater, ORION. The Movie Theater fills up with more than 200 people so the event will be available for as many Film enthusiasts as possible. NORTHERN SCRIPT WORKSHOP AT THE CINEMA ORION  The lecture & discussion will be held at the ORION Film Theater 13th of May from 11am until 1pm. With the help of examples and dialogic discussion, Lagerstam and Vitkala will go through the basics of a Short Film. If you are interested in Scriptwriting & Short Films in general- this is a MUST event for you!  The registration for the Finnish workshops @ the following address nosi@mediametka.fi  – Be fast as there are only a limited number of seats available for the ORION scriptwriting event! Address: Cinema Orion, Eerikinkatu 15 FREE ENTRANCE NOTE! The best Nordic scriptwriters get to be chosen to participate in the scriptwriting camp during Oulu International Childrens’ and Youth Film Festival. The camp is totally FREE for the participants. Transportation, Food, Accommodation, International workshops and VIP Tickets to the Oulu Festivals are included. In addition the finalists will get to participate in a Group Short Film Scriptwriting -programme. All the Northern Script Short Films will be shown at the end of the Oulu Festivals in front of a live audience! Photos: Jarno Jussila [...] Read more...
25.4.2022  Northern Script Kick Off Event 22nd of April was kept this year remotely. There were young participants from all over Finland interested in scriptwriting and short films. The workshop leaders, Mette Lagerstam and Elina Vitkala, spoke in general about films and scriptwriting. In their speeches it was emphasized how short films are actually the royal genre of filmmaking and how difficult it is to make a condensed short film in which each scene and remark is carefully thought of in advance. When successfully done, the short film is considered to be a real diamond. In her own speech, Vitkala also spoke about the different funding opportunities for short films and the challenges of distributing them. Following both Lagerstam and Vitkala’s proposal, Northern Script will start a common WhatsApp- group for the Northern Script 2022 participants administered by Vitkala and Lagerstam. In the WhatsApp group each participant can give suggestions on what kind of things Northern Script Workshop -Main Event 2022 could be focusing on this year.  Northern Script workshop 2022 will be held inside the legendary Film Theater, Orion 13th of May between 11am-1pm.  The workshop will focus on Short Films and Scriptwriting and how to write a good Short Film. More information about the event can be found from the Northern Script webpage.  There are limited seats available inside Cinema Orion, so be fast to enroll to the Northern Script 2022-Event @ nosi(a)mediametka.fi [...] Read more...

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