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Write for Us / Ingmar Bergman Writing Competition

Cinema Scandinavia is a quarterly print and digital magazine that discusses and promotes Nordic film and television for international audiences.

We look for writers who are students, filmmakers, or general Nordic film and television enthusiasts, and accept a wide variety of article from in-depth essays and analyses, to reviews and interviews. Each issue comes with a topical theme, and we are able to assist you with locating resources and developing your ideas. You are also able to write about new releases. We are open to your ideas and will assist you in any way that we can.

All writers of Cinema Scandinavia receive a three-month digital membership to the website.

You can either write for one of the magazine topics, or you can create content for our website.


As part of the Bergman100 celebrations taking place throughout the year, Cinema Scandinavia is holding a competition for articles about the great Swedish film-maker.

We are calling for articles that explore unique aspects of Bergman’s life and work. All accepted articles will be eligible to be published in the June issue of Cinema Scandinavia and receive a three-month digital subscription to our website, and all articles will go in the running to win an Ingmar Bergman pack and one-year subscription to Cinema Scandinavia.

The more unique your topic, the better your chances of winning!

To submit your article, or ask a question, contact us on Facebook or email hello@cinemascandinavia.com.

Deadline: Extended to the 15th of May 2018. 


  • Content can be either academic or journalistic. Reviews and opinions are accepted, though essays are preferred.
  • Articles must be written in English (American or British)
  • Articles must be at least 1000 words without pictures/captions
  • All references must be included (Any format accepted)
  • Articles must be written for Cinema Scandinavia i.e. not published elsewhere online
  • Please include a short bio about yourself, education, and relevant work. Include your city and country.

All articles must be submitted before the 1st of May 2018. The winners will be selected by Cinema Scandinavia’s editorial staff with the winners to be announced on the 1st of June 2018.


First Prize

  • Ingmar Bergman book pack of three books about Bergman’s life and work. Titles TBA
  • One-year subscription to Cinema Scandinavia

Second Prize

  • Ingmar Bergman book pack of one book about Ingmar Bergman. Title TBA
  • One-year subscription to Cinema Scandinavia

Third Prize

  • One-year subscription to Cinema Scandinavia

Cinema Scandinavia Magazines 2018

June 2018: Ingmar Bergman: a celebration of Bergman’s life and work as part of the Bergman100 events. // Deadline 1st May 2018

September 2018: Film crews // Deadline 1st August 2018

December 2018: Genre // Deadline 1st November 2018



Cinema Scandinavia releases content online all year round. If you don’t wish to work with the deadlines of the magazine, we encourage you to write for our website. You can set your own deadline and topic, and you also have the opportunity to interview filmmakers and review new releases.

Website topics:

  • Short essays on films of your choice
  • Reviews of new releases
  • Scandinavia on Screen
  • Interviews with Nordic filmmakers, actors and industry members
  • Beginners guides to concepts in Scandinavian cinema
  • Topics from Scandinavian film history

Attend a festival

Cinema Scandinavia encourages sending individuals to various festivals around the globe. If you want to attend a festival and represent Cinema Scandinavia as press, please send us an email. We approve any press requests if the festival has a major number of Nordic films and we cover the costs of attending the festival.


  • 1x review and 1x interview OR 1x essay with a minimum of 1000 words
  • You must confirm you are not writing for another publication

Send us an email!

If you are interested in writing for Cinema Scandinavia, please send us an email at hello@cinemascandinavia.com or head to our Facebook page and send us an email! 🙂

Frequently Asked Questions

How long should articles be?

All articles should be a minimum of 500 words. Reviews should be no longer than 1000 words, and if you are writing an essay we encourage them to be 1500-3000 words.

What languages can we write in?

We only accept articles written in English.

Can I write about whatever I want?

We are accepting of your ideas, and encourage you to write about a topic you enjoy. If you are unsure what to write about, we are able to provide you with resources and topic ideas. Each magazine does have a central theme so if you want to be printed it’s preferred to be within the theme, but the website content can be about anything.

Is this a paid position?

At this time, no. Our first aim is to be able to have the funds to pay writers, but we are currently not generating enough money to pay anyone. We hope with continuous excellent content this will change, but in the meantime, we offer all writers a free three-month digital subscription.

Will my article be paywalled?

All articles are free to read online for one week and after that interviews and essays will be placed behind a paywall. We can keep articles free if you request it.

Where is Cinema Scandinavia published?

Our magazine is available at the Nordic film institutes, several universities and through online stores.