Open Call: ARCTIC INDIGENOUS SCREENWRITING WORKSHOP

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS:

Do you have an idea for a new film or TV series? The International Sami Film Institute and Arctic Indigenous Film Fund invite you to join the Arctic Indigenous Screenwriting Workshop, a year-long program packed with creativity!

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

In this workshop, you will learn how Indigenous storytelling traditions can inspire your script-writing process and understand the basics of film narratives and character development in your own film story. By the end of the workshop, participants will have a strong story, an extended treatment, and a first-draft script.

When: September 2024 – August 2025
Where: Virtual/Online/Guovdageaidnu
Apply before: 20.07.2024

This program includes 12 monthly sessions spread over a year, from September 2024 to August 2025.


Course Outline

September 2024 – March 2025: Sessions 1-6: Focus on writing a treatment (Online)
April 2025: Session 7: In-person session in Kautokeino, Norway
April – August 2025: Sessions 8-12: Focus on writing a screenplay (Online)


Mentors

The sessions will be led by professionals in the film industry:

Leader of the Course: Liisa Holmberg: Director of the Arctic Indigenous Film Fund
Kate Leys: International script and story editor, England
Bird Runningwater: Producer/Director from Los Angeles
Amanda Kernell: Screenwriter/Director, Sápmi
Suvi West: Screenwriter/Director, Sápmi
Gail Maurice: Screenwriter/Director, Canada
Nils Gaup: Screenwriter/Director, Sápmi
Åse Katrin Vuolab: Screenwriter/Director, Sápmi
Jörgen Hjerdt: Screenwriter, Sweden


Goals

  • To learn how Indigenous storytelling traditions can inspire your script-writing process.
  • To understand the basics of film narratives and character development in your own film story
  • To provide methods for developing ideas into treatments and scripts

Outcome

By the end of the workshop, participants will have a strong story, an extended treatment, and a first-draft script.


APPLICATION PROCESS

Submit your application through this application site (click here).

Eligibility: Arctic Indigenous writers with some experience and work produced for film, TV, theatre, or audio.

Application Requirements:
1. A brief one-page story idea
2. A short statement explaining why you want to participate and what you hope to gain
3. A sample of your produced script
4. CV

Application Deadline: 20th July, 2024

The International Sami Film Institute and the Arctic Indigenous Film Fund will select ten participants and notify them by mid-August 2024. The first meeting will be online on 17th September 2024.


For questions or more information about the workshop, please contact:

Liisa Holmberg, CEO, Arctic Indigenous Film Fund
liisa@isfi.no / +47 930 36 145


PARTNERS

 


FUNDERS

A part of Sami Film Initiativ / Samisk filmløft:

As part of Samfunnsløftet, SpareBank 1 Nord-Norge, the International Sámi Film Institute (ISFI) has been allocated 10 million NOK in funding for a major initiative in the production of new Sámi films and TV series. This initiative is a concrete measure and a response to the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. This Screenwriting Workshop is the first of many projects following the Sami Film Initiative.