33rd festival
01–04 April 2020
  • Norsk
  • Screenplay competition

    You are invited to our screenplay competition with the subject FAKE NEWS.

    The subject of this year’s competition is

    “Fake news”


    Can you choose your own truth? Can the spreading of lies topple a democracy?

    False news has always been a part of the media, but the term fake news recently gained worldwide attention after the revealing of the systematic spreading in relation to the 2016 presidential election in the United States.

    In the screenplay competition you are free to interpret the theme and this term as you like.

    Workshop and pitching competition

    We are continuing the tradition with having a screenplay competition where we look at the screenplay as its own artistic expression. The theme of the year is chosen as a part of the Amandus UTTERENCE section, where questions regarding democracy and freedom of speech is discussed in relation to our modern media society.

    Selected contributions are selected to participate in a workshop during the Amandus festival in April, where the writers will work with a professional screenwriter. This workshop will mainly be held in Norwegian, so it is recomended that you have some knowledge of one of the Scandinavian languages.

    The projects will during the workshop be prepared for a pitch, which will be presented for the jury during the festival.

    We are also pleased to continue the collaboration with Lillehammer based screenwriter Arild Tryggestad from the production company Filmbin, who recently have made international success with the critically acclaimed youth film Los Bando. He will lead the workshop and help them make the best possible screenplay.

    Competition rules

    In the competition, everyone under the age of 26 from the Nordic countries can participate. The best contributions will be selected, and the writers will be invited to a screenplay workshop with a professional writer.


    • The script is limited to five pages in length. It can be a complete film from start to end, or it can be an excerpt from a bigger screenplay.
    • In addition to the script itself, you can provide a project description of maximum one page, that describes the project in more detail, if necessary. This is optional.
    • The writer can be up to and including 25 years old.
    • The project has to include the theme of fake news in some way or another. The writer is free to interpret the theme as he or she would like and seems necessary for the project.
    • Submission deadline is March 1st, 2019.
    • The screenplay can be submitted in on of the Scandinavian languages (Norwegian, Swedish, Danish) or English.

    What you need for the submission:

    • A project title
    • A short description (max 250 characters) that can be used on the website and in program flyers.
    • A file (PDF, doc, docx etc.) containing both the script and the description.
    • Personal contact information