ScriptLab & Story Editing

ScriptLab Story Editing 2021

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A hands-on training for film professionals who want to work with writers and directors in the development stage of their fiction feature film projects.


ScriptLab – story editing is a hands-on training for film professionals who want to work with writers and directors in the development stage of their fiction feature film projects. The aim of the programme is to provide an insight into the development process of a feature film – focusing on the early scriptwriting stage.

Each of the 5 selected participants joins a specific group, which involves 4 projects and is guided by a tutor with a wide international experience as a script consultant, who acts as a mentor to the story editor trainee.

Throughout the year the projects, which in general begin the programme in a treatment stage, are developed through the enriching experience of sharing this creative stage of the writing process with the other filmmakers in the group. To complement the peer to peer conversations, there are 1:1 session with the tutor and story editor trainee as the project advances.

The story editor trainees will acquire skills in the fields of treatment and script analysis, assessment of project development and script consulting. More concretely, they will gain insight and training in working with writers, from an idea up to a professional draft of the script, helping them find the core of their story and encouraging a script loyal to the intention of the writer and/or director.

In addition, professionals active in the fields of development & production will meet with the participants along the programme to assess the progress of their work and to give them broader advice on their career.

A final presentation of the projects during the TFL Meeting Event in November concludes and completes the training: the ScriptLab – story editing participants present themselves and have the opportunity to network with an audience of international producers, sales agents and other film industry professionals, and are granted visibility thanks to the TFL Catalogue.




 ScriptLab – story editing is aimed at script consultants, producers, development executives, readers for production companies/film funds, etc. from all over the world, interested in deepening their knowledge of how to nurture a feature film from idea to screenplay and gaining experience of working with peer to peer group development.

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

ScriptLab receives funding from the Creative Europe – MEDIA Sub-programme of the European Union, therefore a majority of places in the programme are reserved for participants who are nationals of countries that are part of Creative Europe – MEDIA.



Course participation fee: 1.500 Euro (+ VAT, if due).

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

A number of partial scholarships, covering tuition costs, will be assigned to participants coming from low audiovisual capacity countries according to Creative Europe – MEDIA criteria*.

* Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Portugal, Republic of Serbia, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.


The requested materials – to be submitted all together in one PDF, and all in English – are:
- a motivation letter explaining how your work would benefit from participating in this programme and why you want to understand how to nurture a filmmaker’s vision from idea to screenplay;
- a CV (2 pages maximum).

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

Deadline for applications: October 23rd, 2020, 12:00 p.m. CET (noon).

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed via Skype meetings in February 2021.

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1st module: 21-27 March 2021 (online)
2nd module: 20-26 June 2021 (online)
3rd module: 2-8 September 2021 (residential)
4th module: 1-7 November 2021 (online)
5th module & TFL Meeting Event: 26 November - 2 December 2021 (residential - Turin, Italy) 


Due to the epidemic of Covid-19 and any possible mutation of it, we draw your attention to the fact that TorinoFilmLab 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, TorinoFilmLab will notify the participants of its decision without delay. In case of cancellation, the sessions will be held online.

Supported by
  • Eu Creative Europe Media
In partnership with
  • Austrian Film Institute
  • German Films
  • Swiss Film
  • Vaf

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