Cinekid Script LAB is a six-month script-training programme for writers with a children's film project. The training was initiated by Cinekid in 2014, and takes place during Cinekid for Professionals in October, and the Berlinale the following February
During the Cinekid Script LAB, an international group of writers and writer/directors will work on their plans for children’s feature films. The programme offers tailor-made coaching and training; it answers to the specific writer’s and story’s needs, along a six-month trajectory.
Script coaches of the 2018-2019 edition of the LAB are:
Netherlands Film Fund (NETHERLANDS)
Finnish Film Foundation (FINLAND)
Flanders Audiovisual Fund (BELGIUM)
Icelandic Film Centre (ICELAND)
Norwegian Film Institute (NORWAY)
Swedish Film Institute (SWEDEN)
Call for entries:
Submissions need to be feature length and can either be fiction, documentary, animation as live -action projects for an audience of 3- 14 years old and written from their perspective. CINEKID priority is with original stories instead of book adaptations.
Cinekid allocates approximately three scholarships that each cover 50% of the participation fee. Priority is given to participants from European countries with no support mechanisms. We encourage participants to apply for financial support with their national/regional funding bodies first. Which projects will receive a scholarship, will also be announced in the week of 25 June.
The final selection of Cinekid Script LAB 2018-2019 consists of six projects through our partners as stated above, and up to six projects through an open call. Cinekid Script LAB is a European action, but there is room for projects outside of Europe. The main criteria for selection are the viability and quality of the plans and the demonstrable talent of the writers.
October – Cinekid for Professionals:
Introduction to fellow participants; individual coaching
Plenary workshop (Test & Pitch with Kids)
Come back sessions
Participation in Cinekid for Professionals
November to January:
Participants reconnect with their coach to discuss their progress (by phone or Skype)
February – Berlinale:
Screening(s) Generation program
Plenary workshop (Scripts in Action)
Presentations by industry experts
Come back sessions
Participation in the Berlinale
April: Individual online aftercare sessions
The event is co-funded by national institutes such as Flanders Audiovisual Fund (BE), Norwegian Film Institute (NO), Swedish Film Institute (SE), Netherlands Film Fund (NL), the Icelandic Film Institute (IC) and the Finnish Film Foundation (FI).