Aki Kaurismaki to Judge Baumi Script Development Award

Le Havre film still 2011
Cannes Film Festival

Screenwriters can submit scripts for the prize: $22,000 in development funds.

Acclaimed Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki will be the guest judge this year for the Baumi Script Development Award, an annual prize named in honor of Kaurismaki's late producer Karl Baumgartner.

The award comes with a $22,000 (€20,000) cash bursary earmarked for script development. Screenwriters can submit their work online at baumi-award.com until Oct. 15.

Applications are restricted to writers who have had at least one screenplay produced. For first-time or emerging screenwriters, applications have to be submitted by a production company.

The award, set up in 2015, is meant to support the kind of “free and independent” art house cinema Baumgartner was known for, which included features such as Kaurismaki's Le Havre, Olivier AssayasClouds of Sils Maria and Kim Ki-duk's Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring.

Egyptian filmmaker Omar El Zohairy won the inaugural Baumi award for his project Feathers of a Father, which was subsequently selected for the Cannes Film Festival's Cinefondation Residence program.

The winner of the second annual Baumi Award will be announced at the Berlin film festival next year.