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
My Northern Script experience begun when I found the competition in the summer of 2020. I had written multiple short stories and a few scripts prior to finding the competition, but I had never participated. Overall, I was sort of surprised to find out that there was a Scandinavian screenwriting competition into which you could submit a
For the first time in competition history, the winner is Norwegian. 23-year-old Marianne Lauritsen won the competition with a script called Roskilde. The winning script is located in the Roskilde festival in Denmark. The story is about different relationships like friendship and one night stands described from a female point of view. As a reward,
Northern Script 2019 will have a change in jury. Director-screenwriter Reetta Aalto will replace Kirsikka Saari. Unfortunately, Saari had to cancel her trip to Oulu. Reetta Aalto (born 1976) is a Helsinki-based filmmaker, who writes and directs both fiction and documentary films. She is one of the seven director-writers of the episodic film Force of
This year Northern Script made a new record with 30 participants. Free journalist and media education specialist Maija Puska will read through all the scripts. Maija has studied scriptwriting and creative writing in Finland and has been writing films and commercials. As a writer, Maija is mostly interested in the themes of youth and media
Copywriters and podcasters Essi Pulkkinen and Jukka Ahola worked as a pre-selection jury in Northern Script competition in 2018. They red all the scripts and chose the best scripts and writers to take part in the second round of the competition. They made an extra effort to make sure that all the scripts were judged as
Kirsikka Saari is a screenwriter and a director based in Helsinki. She was Oscar-nominated for the short film Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?. She has written a script for a feature film Stupid Young Heart (dir. Selma Vilhunen), which won the Crystal Bear in the Berlinale 2019. She has written many scripts
Northern Script jury member Mikko Peltotupa is the winner of Northern Script 2017. Nowadays he is studying screenwriting at the Aalto University in Helsinki. He has worked as a copywriter, journalist and as a packer in a cheese factory. At the moment he is working with a short film about a teddy bear suffering insomnia.
A short summary in English: Juuso Kuusisto won Northern Script competition in 2018. Nowadays he works in the film industry and he dreams of writing and directing his own feature film someday. Through Northern Script competition Juuso met many great people. He thinks that probably the best sauna in the world is in Oulu, Finland.