TorinoFilmLab - Training, development, Funding



in partnership with
Polish Film Institute
German Films

FeatureLab 2022


TARGET PARTICIPANTS: creative teams of director and producer (together with a scriptwriter, if on board), from all over the world developing their 1st or 2nd feature film projects.

FeatureLab focuses on film projects – fiction, creative documentaries, experimental, animation and any possible kind of cinema – at an advanced stage of development.

FeatureLab projects will have the chance to compete for the TFL Production Awards (including a number of international co-productions, provided that they fulfil conditions of eligibility), and collateral prizes supporting the production process.

DURATION: 1 week-long residential workshop in June and one online module in September/October, plus final session and participation in the TFL Meeting Event in November 2022.

FEE: 3.000 Euro (per team of 2 people).

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Monday, 17th January 2022, 2:00 p.m. CET.

*Shortlisted applicants will be notified by the end of March and interviewed online at the beginning of April 2022.



FeatureLab focuses on artistic and creative aspects as well as on production and promotion strategies in the development of 1st and 2nd feature films. It is addressed to teams of director and producer (together with a scriptwriter, if on board), working on projects that are already at an advanced stage. The programme takes place over a period of 6 months.

10 projects are selected to benefit from individually tailored tools. Each film team will have several individual encounters with various trainers, who are internationally experienced in the main areas of filmmaking: alongside having script consultations, the participants work with experts from the fields of directing, cinematography, sound, post-production, but also of production, financing & sales, and audience engagement. Some of the trainers will be selected according to the particular needs of the projects, following a tailor-made proposal. The diversity of approaches and the enriching experience that comes as a result of the exchange with other colleagues will help the teams to boost the project development process throughout their participation in the programme. Group sessions with the other participants will nurture the unique experience of sharing the development stage with other filmmakers and producers.

A final presentation of the projects during the TFL Meeting Event in November concludes and completes the training and development process: 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 and network. 

Thanks to a collaboration with Trentino Film Commission the FeatureLab projects will be trained to develop a sustainability plan during the 2nd module and will have the opportunity to compete for the Green Filming Award. TFL and Trentino Film Commission join forces to offer the winners a contribution of 2.000 € for the expenses connected to the implementation of the Green Film rating system and up to 2000 € to cover the cost of a Green Manager, who will offer a dedicated consultancy to design the film's sustainability plan.

TorinoFilmLab is glad to announce the partnerships with the Polish Film Institute, which is planning to host the 1st residential workshop. FeatureLab is also realised in partnership with German Films.


FeatureLab is dedicated to creative teams of director and producer (together with a scriptwriter, if on board) from all over the world, developing a 1st or 2nd feature film project

Conditions of eligibility:
- the project must be the director’s 1st or 2nd feature film;
- at least a first draft of the script in English (or an analogue document, according to the type of project) must be ready when applying*; * Fiction feature projects must apply with a script (extended treatment is not accepted)
- shooting must not begin earlier than December, 1st 2022.

Only one project application per year, per filmmaker, can apply. However, a project that is refused one year, can be resubmitted another year if the project has gone through substantial changes. The same project cannot be submitted a third time if rejected the second time around.

Considering that only 1st and 2nd feature films are eligible to take part in the programme, filmmakers who have participated in a previous edition of FeatureLab/Framework cannot apply to FeatureLab 2022, but they are eligible and welcome to take part in other TFL programmes.

Applicants must confirm their full availability for all the residential and online workshops, as well as for the final TFL Meeting Event.

The working language of all workshops, meetings and events is English; thus, a good knowledge of English is essential in order to participate and all written material, all versions and drafts of the project, must be translated.

Participation fee: 3.000 (+ VAT, if due) Euro per team of 2 people. Extra fee of 2.000 Euro (+ VAT, if due)  if a scriptwriter or a co-writer also attends the programme).

This amount covers workshop training, online sessions, hotel and part of the subsistence during the workshops. Participants must pay their travel costs. In many countries, scholarships are available for this training. 

TFL will assign a number of partial scholarships, covering tuition costs, to participants coming from European low audiovisual capacity countries according to Creative Europe – MEDIA criteria*.

* Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Georgia, Iceland, Hungary, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Republic of Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Ukraine.


The requested materials – to be submitted all together in 1 single PDF (10 MB max.) and all in English – are:

1) Synopsis - 1 page max.
2) Intention note about the project - 3 pages max.
3) Artistic concept & audio-visual reference
4) Web links to previous film(s) of the director
5) Biographies of director, producer & writer (if on board)
6) Production company profile - 3 pages max.
7) Detailed budget (Euro)
8) Financing plan (Euro) - including structure of co-production (names & countries of companies, and percentages of financing from each country) according to the form
9) Detailed development and production timetable
10) Marketing & distribution strategy - 3 pages max.
11) Script in English (or analogue document, according to the type of project), to be attached as the last element, at the end of the dossier*
* Fiction feature projects must apply with a script (extended treatment is not accepted)

Please click on the "Apply Now!" button in the right-side column of this page to access the online 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: Monday 17th January 2022, 2:00 p.m. CET.

*Shortlisted applicants will be notified by the end of March and interviewed online at the beginning of April 2022.

For information:

The selected projects of the TFL FeatureLab programme must indicate TorinoFilmLab support in the closing credits by displaying the TorinoFilmLab logo, together with the caption "Developed at TorinoFilmLab"; while the awarded ones must indicate TorinoFilmLab support both in the opening and closing credits by displaying the TFL logo, together with the caption "Production Award" or “Co-Production Fund”.


Workshops & on-line sessions

1st residential workshop: first half of June 2022 (Poland)
2nd online workshop: September-October 2022 (dates TBD)
TFL Meeting Event: second half of November 2022 (Turin, Italy)


Due to the epidemic of Covid-19 and any possible mutation of it, we draw your attention to the fact that TFL may have to cancel the residential workshop(s) or to postpone it to another date for responding to the recommendations of health and government organizations. In such a case, TFL will notify the participants of its decision without delay. In case of cancellation, the sessions will be held online.


January 17, 2022