TorinoFilmLab - Training, development, Funding




with the support of
creative europe media lithuanian film centre le groupe ouest BREIZH FILM FUND re-act Fondo Audiovisivo FVG Croatian Audiovisual Centre Slovenski Filmski Center

ScriptLab adaptation 2017



TARGET PARTICIPANTS: scriptwriters and directors from all over the world developing an adapted screenplay for a fiction feature film.

DURATION: 3 week-long residential workshops in March, June and November 2017 + 2 on-line sessions.

FEE: 2.500 Euro. Scholarships assigned by merit.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: December 1st, 2016, 12:00 p.m. CET (noon).

About ScriptLab – adaptation
ScriptLab – adaptation
focuses on the development of fiction feature film scripts based on novels, short stories or other literary works. It is aimed at projects at an early development stage, whose authors are willing to dive deep into the writing process along nine months of intensive work.

The programme is structured into 3 week-long residential workshops and 2 on-line sessions (taking place in between the 1st and 2nd, and the 2nd and 3rd workshop).

4 projects are selected to work in a group guided by a tutor with a wide international experience as a script consultant. Besides the authors of the 4 projects, a story editor trainee – who works side by side with the tutor – completes the group. ScriptLab – adaptation follows the adaptation process analysing the book’s potentials and exploring the different possibilities of its story. Throughout the year the projects, which usually start at treatment stage, move forward with the writing of a step outline, and up to a first or second draft of the script.

A pool of Talent Advisors, active in the fields of development, production & legal issues, will accompany the participants along the programme, meeting with them individually at every workshop to assess the progress of their work and to give them broader advice on their project & their career.

A final presentation of the projects during the TFL Meeting Event in November concludes and completes the training: all participants present their projects publicly to an audience of international producers, sales agents and other film industry professionals, have one-to-one meetings with Decision Makers, and are granted visibility thanks to the TFL Catalogue.

Who can apply?
ScriptLab – adaptation
is open to professional scriptwriters and directors from all over the world. It is possible to apply as an individual or as a team of two co-writers.

Applicants must prove to have secured an option for the work they wish to adapt. Many of our participants already work together with a production company. However, it is not necessary to have a producer attached to the project.

Applicants must confirm their entire availability for all the workshops and the final Meeting Event.

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 & scholarships
Course participation fee: 2.500 Euro (extra fee of 1.500 Euro if a co-writer also attends the workshops).
Scholarships can be assigned by merit.

This amount covers workshop training, on-line sessions, accommodation and subsistence during the workshops. Participants must pay travel costs. In many countries scholarships are available for this training. 

How to apply?
The requested materials - to be submitted all together in one PDF - are:

- A synopsis of the book, as well as information on its critical/market success (2 pages maximum);
- A project treatment (10 pages maximum);
- A director's/scriptwriter's intention note (3 pages maximum), including motivation on the choice of the book and its relevance to the local & international markets;
- Materials informing about the audio-visual approach: still pictures, video mood board, etc.;
- A CV (2 pages maximum);
- A previous audio-visual work (optional; 30 minutes maximum)*

*A link (with password) to one previous short film or excerpt of previous materials. Submitted materials should be in English or have English subtitles/translation; show reels will not be accepted. Videos must be received along with the application package no later than December 1st, 2016.

Please click on the “Apply Now!” button in the right-side column of this page to access the on-line application form and submit your project. Before starting the application process, you will need to create an account on the TFL Visitor Page.

Deadline for applications: December 1st, 2016, 12:00 p.m. CET (noon).

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed via Skype meetings on January 27th and 28th, 2017.

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The selected projects of ScriptLab must indicate TorinoFilmLab support in the film credits, by displaying the TorinoFilmLab logo and the caption “Developed at TorinoFilmLab”.


Workshops & on-line sessions

1st residential workshop: 20-26 March 2017 (Vilnius, Lithuania)
2nd residential workshop:  24 June - 1 July 2017 (Brignogan, France)
3rd residential workshop and TFL Meeting Event: 21-26 November 2017 (Turin, Italy)

1st on-line session: April-June 2017
2nd on-line session: July-November 2017