unique opportunity to be the first “writerfriendly” festival. Tampere’s regional artist Tuija Halttunen came on board too: her knowledge and the experience she had gained at the London Screenwriters’ Festival have also been crucial. She also came up with the name Script Tampere. I think we all are very proud to oﬀer this fantastic programme to people as a result of our collaboration. Can you talk a bit about your current programme, 5 Star Stories? e 5 Star Stories is a collection of films with very good scripts. I warmly recommend these films to be watched from the screenplay’s perspective. Of course they are well directed as well. Some of the writers and directors of the 5 Star Stories films are participating in the seminar aerwards where they talk about the writing and directing processes of these films. How do you manage so many successful projects? e key is collaboration. We quickly became a team of over 50 people building this festival, probably even more. And with a lot of working hands, nobody needs to do more than he/she can carry. There are a lot of web and offline workshops available today. What does Tampere offer that is different? I’m sure there is a place for these web and oﬄine workshops, because they oﬀer the possibility to participate no matter the day and time. Personally I prefer “live-participating”
over web-seminars, because networking aer the seminars is oen as helpful and as informative as the workshop itself. We have managed to get some really interesting screenwriters to the festival – top writers of Finnish film and TV right now. I wouldn’t miss the opportunity to meet these people. How does creativity like that come out of your team? How do you rally them? As with all creative work, the feeling of security, respect for others and optimism are important. Designing a festival may not be similar to a screenwriting process, but a lot of ideas have to be invented and thrown on the table. Luckily all of our creative group’s members have this wisdom, “the knowledge of sensitivity” as you may call it, which made the collaboration easy and enjoyable. What do you consider the key factor in your workshop? Content. True professionals and their views, in discussion with the audience. What do you hope to achieve with the workshop and what do you think filmmakers will take from it? We are after continuity. We hope that the highly interesting discussions about stories and content never end. We hope that through networking and reflecting to our work we become better professionals. We hope that people get new job opportunities by networking. We also hope for further financing for Script Tampere – the first Nordic screenwriters’ festival ever!
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