SeriesLab 2017

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The lab stands out for involving all the main players involved in TV series production and for offering a close link with TV industry.

SeriesLab 2017

TARGET PARTICIPANTS: professional international scriptwriters and directors. The course is aimed at unpublished* long TV series projects at an early development stage.

*never presented or pitched at any workshop or industry event before

DURATION: 3 4-day-long residential workshops in January, March and April 2017 + 2 on-line sessions.

FEE: 2.500 Euro. Scholarships assigned by merit.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: October 17th, 2016, 12:00 p.m. CET (noon).

About SeriesLab

TorinoFilmLab launches the first edition of SeriesLab, an annual programme aimed at developing innovative and high-profile international TV series projects.

The lab stands out for involving all the main players involved in TV series production –scriptwriters, producers and TV broadcasters – and for offering a close link between scriptwriting process and TV industry.

The programme, supported by the Creative Europe - MEDIA Sub-programme of the European Union, is realized with the support of Series Mania, the main co-production forum for TV series in Europe.

It is open to 9 projects, which will join an intensive 4-month-long course – from January to April 2017 – and foresees 3 residential workshops and 2 on-line sessions.

The lab follows the entire process of creation of a TV series concept, offering the support of highly qualified tutors and story editors in generating ideas and structuring the material, up to a final presentation in front of major key players of the international TV industry in April 2017, during the Series Mania Co-Production Forum - Paris, France.

The aim is to draft the treatment of the pilot and the concept presentation (mini-bible) of the project.

Who can apply?

SeriesLab is open to professional international scriptwriters and directors.

Each participant can submit only 1 project, individually or in a team of two members; in exceptional cases a third participant (co-writer or attached producer) can join by paying an additional fee.

All the concepts must be unpublished, meaning that they must have never been presented or pitched at any workshop or industry event before.

The programme is open to both original concepts and adaptations; in this second case the team must have secured the rights for the book or other work on which the series is based.

Candidates have to send a concept for a long, multi-season TV series (at least 6 episodes between 26’ and 59’ each), without any genre, tone or content restriction. Concepts for mini-series (2 to 4 episodes) will not be accepted.

The project can be presented together with a production company. However, it is not necessary to have a producer attached. The attached producer can join the workshops together with the team of authors.

Applicants must confirm their availability for the workshops and the final presentation.
The working language of all SeriesLab 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 per team (1 or 2 participants)*.
Scholarships can be assigned by merit.
A third participant (co-writer or attached producer) can join in exceptional cases, with an additional cost of 1.000 Euro.

*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:
- logline (2 lines maximum)
- an updated CV for each participant (2 pages maximum)
- concept presentation (7.500 character spaces included)
- pilot outline structured in bullet points:
       a) for 26’ to 50’ format 16-25 points and 7.500 characters (spaces included)
       b) for 50’ to 59’ format 35-45 points and 10.000 characters (spaces included)
- audiovisual approach documents (moodboard, etc.), if available

The material must be redacted using Final Draft or Word reproducing Final Draft style, and using font Courier, 12 points.

Submitted materials should be in English or have English subtitles/translation.

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: October 17th, 2016, 12:00 p.m. CET (noon)

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed via scheduled Skype meetings on:  26th-27th November, 2016.
For more information please contact:

The selected projects of SeriesLab must indicate TorinoFilmLab and Series Mania support both in the opening and closing credits, by displaying the TorinoFilmLab and Series Mania Logos and the caption “The project has been developed during SeriesLab”.

Workshop dates

1st residential workshop: 18-23 January  2017 (Santiago de Compostela, Spain)
2nd residential workshop: 10-15 March 2017 (Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy)
3rd residential workshop, Final Presentation and Meetings: 16-21 April 2017 (Series Mania Co-Production Forum - Paris, France)

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