Finnish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild

Finlands Dramatiker och Manusförfattare ry.

Originally founded by a group of writers, the Finnish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild has been in active operation since 1921. Today the guild comprises over 500 members who work as professional script writers for stage, film, television, radio and new media. Both Finnish and Swedish speaking authors are represented by the guild.

Finnish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild (formerly The Finnish Dramatists' Union) protects the professional, copyright and financial interests of its individual members, and handles the rights of properties owned by other controlling bodies such as estates. In addition to negotiating and issuing contracts, we develop codes of practice in co-operation with theatres, television channels and producers. We also work closely with various artistic, copyright and public affairs organisations in order to further the aims of professional writers.

The guild maintains a library of plays by Finnish authors. We disseminate plays and handle performance contracts directly and in partnership with other players in the field.

Over the years, and alongside the evolution of new forms of media, the main purpose of the Finnish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild has remained largely unchanged: our goal is still to serve the needs of Finnish authors and to promote Finnish drama.


Sami Keski-Vähälä

Vice Chair
Jenni Toivoniemi

Board Members
Markku Hoikkala
Tarja Kylmä
Taija Rautio
Marie Kajava
Paula Salminen
Jari Rantala
Raija Talvio
Camilla Roos

Jukka Asikainen


Finnish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild
Mailing address: Meritullinkatu 33 G 6, 00170 Helsinki, Finland
Fax: +358 9 135 6171

Opening hours:
Mon-Thu 10-15


Press Officer Melli Maikkula
Press, Teksti, Käsikirjoittajien Kilta
Telephone: +44 338 8871
(Tue-Thu 10-15)

Librarian Pirjo Kaukonen
Library, performance rights in Finland

Treasurer and Member Secretary Eija Pasanen
Finances and members

Executive Director Jukka Asikainen
Administration, contract negotiations
Telephone: +358 408386675