SeriesLab 2019

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The lab stands out for involving all the main players involved in TV series production.

SeriesLab 2019

TARGET PARTICIPANTS: professional European 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 The course is aimed at unpublished* long TV series projects at an early development stage.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 December 2018, February and March 2019 + 2 on-line sessions.

FEE: 3.000 Euro per team (1 or 2 participants)

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: July 16th, 2018, 12:00 p.m. CET (noon).

About SeriesLab

TorinoFilmLab launches the third 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.

It is open to up to 9 projects, which will join an intensive course – from December 2018 to March 2019 – 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, during the European Project and Talent Forum (25-27 March in Lille, France).

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

SeriesLab is realized thanks to the support of the Creative Europe - MEDIA Sub-programme of the European Union; main partner: Series Mania Lille Hauts-de-France; with the support of: Screen IrelandManusfabriken; in partnership with: VAF - Flanders Audiovisual Fund. Thanks to these partnerships SeriesLab will welcome 1 project from each of the following regions: FranceIreland and the Flanders region of Belgium, whose participation in the programme will be supported by the above-mentioned institutions. 

Who can apply?

SeriesLab is open to professional European 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All the concepts must be unpublished, meaning that they must have never been presented or pitched at any workshop or industry event before.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: 3.000 Euro per team (1 or 2 participants)*. ?A third participant (co-writer or attached producer) can join in exceptional cases, with an additional cost of 2.000 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.

A number of partial scholarships, covering tuition costs, will be assigned to participants coming from low audiovisual capacity countries**.

** Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine.

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 characters, 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 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: July 16th, 2018, 12:00 p.m. CET (noon)

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed via scheduled Skype meetings in October 2018.

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: 13-18 December 2018 (Castlebar, Ireland)
2nd residential workshop: 30 January - 4 February 2019 (Gothenburg, Sweden)
3rd residential workshop, final presentation and meetings: 21-27 March 2019 (European Project and Talent Forum - Lille, France). The pitching session will be on March 26th in the morning.

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