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FeatureLab 2023


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 form – at an advanced stage of development.

DURATION: 1 week-long residential workshop in June, an online module in September, plus final session and participation in the TFL Meeting Event in November 2023.

FEE: 3,000 Euro (per team of 2 people).

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Monday 16th January 2023, 2:00 p.m. CET.


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 aimed at 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 in three workshops.

10 projects are selected to benefit from individually tailored tools. 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.


Each film team will have several individual encounters with various trainers, who are internationally experienced in the different key areas of filmmaking: alongside having script consultations, the participants work with experts from the fields of directing, cinematography, sound, editing, 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.

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 of promotion. 

Moreover, the projects are assessed by an international and prestigious Jury awarding production grants and compete for a variety of collateral awards (for further details see the pages dedicated to FundingProduction Awards and Collateral prizes).

Thanks to a collaboration with Trentino Film Commission the FeatureLab projects will be trained to develop a sustainability plan and will have the opportunity to compete for the Green Filming Award, a support offered by TFL and Trentino Film Commission to implement sustainable practices in the film production.


More information


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 presented when applying*; * extended treatment is not accepted
- shooting must not begin earlier than 1st December 2023.

Only one project application per year, per filmmaker, can be submitted. 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 2023, 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 modules, 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 materials, all versions and drafts of the project, must be translated into English.

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. 

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

1)     Synopsis – 1page 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 (FULL FILM)
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* (extended treatment is not accepted)
12)  Applicants and project main data - for communication purposes, according to the form

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

Any application package that won’t include all the requested materials will be considered ineligible.

Deadline for applications: Monday 16th January 2023, 2.00 p.m. CET.

Shortlisted applicants will be notified by the end of March and interviewed online at the beginning of April 2023.


The Selected projects of the TorinoFilmLab FeatureLab programme must indicate TorinoFilmLab support in the closing credits by displaying the TorinoFilmLab logo, together with the caption "Developed at TorinoFilmLab".

The Awarded projects of the TorinoFilmLab FeatureLab programme must indicate TorinoFilmLab support both in the opening and closing credits, according to precise instructions provided by TFL.  

1st residential workshop:
5th -10th June 2023, Madrid (Spain) dates TBC
2nd online workshop: second half of September 2023, dates TBC
3rd residential workshop and TFL Meeting Event: end of November 2023 (Turin, Italy)

FeatureLab is organised by TorinoFilmLab - National Museum of Cinema and co-funded by Creative Europe – MEDIA Sub-programme of the European Union. TFL is glad to announce the partnerships with Comunidad de MadridAyuntamiento de Madrid and Madrid Film Office, who are planning to host the 1st residential workshop in 2023.

For more information please contact: Greta Fornari -