TorinoFilmLab - Training, development, Funding



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Initiative film
with the support of
Polish Film Institute Mazovia Warsaw film commission Scelf l'immagine e la parola
in collaboration with
easy busy productions

AdaptLab 2016

TorinoFilmLab is restructuring its programmes!

If you are a scriptwriter or writer-director interested in the development of an adapted screenplay for a fiction feature film, please check out the call for applications for ScriptLab 2017, to be launched in October 2016.



TARGET PARTICIPANTS: professional writers and/or writer/directors from all over the world wishing to work in the field of adaptation.

DURATION: 3 week-long residential workshops in March, June and November 2016 + 2 on-line sessions.

FEE: 2.000 Euro for scriptwriters applying with projects; 500 Euro for participants who will work on pre-selected novels.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: December 1st, 2015, 12:00 p.m. CET (noon).

About AdaptLab
AdaptLab is an advanced course designed for professional scriptwriters and/or writer/directors from all over the world wishing to work in the field of adaptation. The programme, supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA Sub-programme of the European Union, is realized in partnership with SCELF (Société Civile des Editeurs de Langue Française), Festival di Locarno - L'immagine e la Parola  and easy busy productions and with the support of Mazovia Warsaw Film Commission and Polish Film Institute.

AdaptLab is a long-term training course consisting of three 6-day residential workshops and two online sessions for 12 participants. It follows the whole adaptation process analysing the book's potentials, exploring the different possibilities of its story world, and following the development of the extended treatments and/or scripts with the possibility of presenting the work to a group of  international producers, sales agents and other industry professionals from all over the world during the TorinoFilmLab Meeting Event in November 2016.

The call for entries is dedicated to two different groups of participants that will follow the same course:

- Call for participants applying with adaptation projects (for which they need to have secured the rights)
- Call for scriptwriters wishing to develop projects which will be adaptations of novels pre-selected by the TorinoFilmLab, allowing the writer the freedom to explore the adaptation process and develop their craft.

The selected AdaptLab projects will have the possibility to apply to the TorinoFilmLab FrameWork programme in 2017, provided they fulfill the conditions of eligibility.

In addition to the 12 projects, 3 story editor trainees will be selected to join the workshop process, thereby completing the AdaptLab team. Deadline for applications for the Story Editing training is: December 1st, 2015.

Who can apply?
Experienced scriptwriters and/or writer/directors that are interested in learning more about adaptation working on non-original stories.

Applicants must confirm their availability for the workshops and the final pitch.
The working language of all the workshops, meetings and events is English; thus, a good knowledge of English is essential in order to participate.

Participation fees
Course participation fee for scriptwriters applying with projects is 2.000 Euro.
Course participation fee for participants who will work on pre-selected novels is 500 Euro.  

Scholarhips can be assigned by merit. 

TorinoFilmLab covers participants' accommodation expenses (hotel and meals) during the workshops. All the travel expenses during the programme have to be covered by the participants. In many countries bursaries and scholarships are available for this kind of training.

How to apply?
12 applicants are selected to participate in AdaptLab 2016.

Requested materials for writers with adaptation projects - to be submitted all together in one PDF - are:
- an updated CV (2 pages maximum);
- a project treatment (10 pages maximum);
- a synopsis of the book (the book needs to have English translation) as well as information on the circulation of the book and critical or market success (2 pages maximum);
- a motivation letter from the writer and the eventual producer attached explaining why this particular book has been chosen and how it is relevant to the market in their country and to the European market (1 page maximum).
 - a previous work (optional; 30 minutes maximum)*

 *a link (with password) to one previous short film or extract of previous materials. Submitted materials should be in English or have English subtitles/translation; show reels will not be accepted. Videos must be received by the AdaptLab staff along with the application package no later than December 1st, 2015.

Requested materials for writers wishing to develop an adaptation from pre-selected novels - to be submitted all together in one PDF - are:
- an updated CV (2 pages maximum);
- a motivation letter explaining why you would like to take part in the programme (1 page maximum).

Click on the “Apply Now!” button in the right-side column of this page to access the on-line application forms. Please note that there are two different forms: one for writers with projects and one for writers without projects. Before starting the application process, you will need to create an account on the TFL Visitor Page.

Deadline for applications: December 1st, 2015, 12:00 p.m. CET (noon).

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed via scheduled Skype meetings on 22-23 December, 2015.

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The selected projects of AdaptLab must indicate TorinoFilmLab support both in the opening and closing credits, by displaying the TorinoFilmLab logo and the caption: "Supported by TorinoFilmLab".



Workshops & on-line sessions

1st residential workshop: 8-14 March 2016 (Locarno, Switzerland)
2nd residential workshop: 10-16 June (Warsaw, Poland)
3rd residential workshop and Meeting Event: 20-25 November 2016 (Turin, Italy)