ScriptLab & Story Editing

ScriptLab 2023

Call for applications closed!

Script development programme for feature film projects at an early stage & story editors trainees.


TARGET PARTICIPANTS: Writer/directors, or teams of screenwriter and director, from all over the world, in early stage development of fiction feature film screenplays.

DURATION: From April until November 2023. The programme comprises 3 week-long residential modules (April, June and November) and 2 online modules (September and October). 

FEE: 2,500 Euro (+ VAT, if due).

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 7th November, 2022, 4:00 p.m. CET

We recorded the Q&A Zoom session with the ScriptLab curator Amra Bakšic Camo to present ScriptLab 2023. If you wish to see the registration write to:


ScriptLab is open to both experienced and emerging writer/directors, or teams of writer and director, from all over the world. It is possible to apply as an individual or as a team of two. Projects by a scriptwriter without an attached director are not eligible.

For ScriptLab 2023,  we especially welcome applications for feature film comedy projects, in a wide definition of that genre.

Many of our participants already work together with a production company. However, it is not necessary to have a producer attached to the project. Filmmakers applying with an adaption project need to have secured the rights.

ScriptLab is for projects at an early stage of development only, thus projects who already have drafts of the screenplay, will not be considered.  Application is with a synopsis, a CV, a letter of intent and motivation as well as previous works. A treatment will be required should the project be selected for the second stage of the application process. 

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 it has gone through substantial changes. The same project cannot be submitted a third time if rejected the second time around.

Applicants must confirm their full availability for all the workshops and 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.

ScriptLab is organised by TorinoFilmLab - National Museum of Cinema and co-funded by Creative Europe – MEDIA Sub-programme of the European Union. It is realised in partnership with Veneto Film Commission - in collaboration with Scuola di Cinema Carlo Mazzacurati -, German Films and VAF - Flanders Audiovisual Fund

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 7th November, 2022, 4:00 p.m. CET

PARTICIPATION FEE: Course participation fee: 2,500 Euro (+VAT, if due). Extra fee of 2,000 Euro (+ VAT, if due), if a second person also attends the programme.

This amount covers workshop training, online sessions, hotel and part of the subsistence during the residential workshops. Participants must pay their travel costs.


The requested mandatory materials – to be submitted all together in one PDF, and all in English – are:

- A project synopsis (2 page maximum, Courier New 12, double spaced);
- A director’s intention note (3 pages maximum, Courier New 12, double spaced);
- A CV (2 pages maximum);
- A document explaining why do you think ScriptLab will be useful for you and your project (2 pages maximum, Courier New 12, double spaced);
- Links to previous audio-visual works (with password, if needed) * 

* Submitted materials should be in English or have English subtitles/translation; showreels will not be accepted. Videos must be received along with the application package no later than 7th November, 2022, 4:00 p.m. CET.


Preselected applicants will be notified by email on 12th - 13th December, 2022 and will be asked to submit a TREATMENT (15 pages maximum, Courier New 12, double spaced) + MOODBOARD (optional) by 17th December 2022, 4:00 p.m. CET.

Any project that will not respect the 17th December deadline will be automatically excluded from the selection.

After this pre-selection, the shortlisted applicants will be notified at the beginning of February and will be interviewed via Zoom meetings from 24th to 27th February, 2023.

For more information please contact:

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

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 (if you don’t have one yet).

Deadline for applications: 7th November, 2022, 4:00 p.m. CET

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


1st module: 14th – 20th April 2023 (residential)
2nd module: 15th – 22nd June 2023 (residential)
3rd module: 11th – 15th September 2023 (TBC - online)
4th module: 30th October – 3rd November 2023 (TBC - online)
5th module & TFL Meeting Event: end of November 2023, dates TBC (residential – Torino, Italy)

Supported by
  • Eu Creative Europe Media
In partnership with
  • German Films
  • Vaf
  • Veneto Film Commission
  • Fondazione Cariparo
  • Scuola Mazzacurati

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