We are proud to present writers, directors, producers and actors who tell stories that matter. How are real life events and personal experiences turned into drama series that stay with us? How do creators stay focused and keep their own voices despite hot markets? Swedish Jonas Gardell was well known as a stand-up artist and novelist in all Nordic countries, when he stunned the international TV world with “Don’t Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves” and his other mini series.  Norwegian Anne Bjørnstad, famous for ”Lilyhammer” has created genre renewing and truly original concepts in many genres. Her Belgian colleague Sanne Nuyens, who won the Cannes 2019 series award,  has earlier proved that it is possible to combine the supernatural and the authentic.  American director-producer John David Coles (House of Cards, Sex and the City, West Wing, Law and Order to name a few) knows all about season writing and global streaming services. We also take a special look at relevant and Polish, Estonian and Finnish drama series that cross borders investigating the world of today, sometimes by looking at that of yesterday.

  Once again the event takes place in the beautiful Savoy Theatre in the heart of Helsinki. The moderate ticket price includes lunch, coffee and networking drink.

 Guest Speakers 2019

Jonas Gardell

Celebrated comedian, novelist and scriptwriter

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Anne Bjørnstad

Creator of Lilyhammer and other unique series

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John David Coles

Director/Producer of Emmy-winning series

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Elly Vervloet

Commissioning domestic and international drama

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Dariusz Jabłoński

Co-producing all over Europe

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 Sanne Nuyens

Awarded Belgian renewer of drama genres

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 Tarmo Jüristo

Investment expert and creator of “The Bank”

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Dominic Schreiber

Global drama executive

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Tarja Kylmä

Scientist and scriptwriter

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 Pelle Heikkilä

Multilingual international actor

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Paul Aguraiuja

Combining strategy with creativity

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Liisa Penttilä-Asikainen

Finnish, international producer and CEO

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 Gerda Kordemets

Award-winning Estonian director and writer

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Mika Kurvinen

Directing across continents

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Merja Aakko

Awarded scriptwriter

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 Tone Rønning

Executive producer of international series

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 Mika Ronkainen

Documentarist, director and awarded scriptwriter

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Eero Epner

Scriptwriter, creator and art historian

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 Anni Wessman

APFI Head of International

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 Ilkka Matila

Producer of international films and series

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Liselott Forsman

Helsinki Script moderator and organiser

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Helsinki Script Contact


Content and strategy
Program Director Liselott Forsman



Assistant Alina Rautava


City of Helsinki
Senior Advisor Taina Seitsara


Venue Logistics
Sirpa Hynninen



Anna Maria Joakimsdottir-Hutri


Guest Host
Satu Kyösola