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SeriesLab

co-funded by
CREATIVE EUROPE MEDIA
with the support of
Millimeter Film
 
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SeriesLab 2023


QUICK FACTS

TARGET PARTICIPANTS: professional international scriptwriters, writer-directors and producers. The course is aimed at drama series projects at an early development stage.
DURATION: The program takes place over a period of approx. 5 months, from September 2023 to early 2024, and foresees three 5-day long residential workshops (September, November, and early 2024). The course ends up with a final industry pitching presentation in early 2024.
FEE: 3,000 Euro (+ VAT, if due) per team (1 or 2 participants).
DEADLINE: Friday, 31st March 2023, 12:00 p.m. CET (noon).

For more information please contact: alice.presbitero@torinofilmlab.it

SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Join the Q&A Zoom presentation with the new Head of Studies Eszter Angyalosy on 1st March (early afternoon). More details soon. 



ABOUT SERIESLAB

SeriesLab is the annual programme, powered by TorinoFilmLab, which aims at developing innovative and marketable international TV series projects.

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

From this seventh edition, TFL SeriesLab is addressed to scriptwriters, writer-directors and producers coming from all over the world. It is open to up to 9 projects, which will join an intensive course – from September 2023 to early 2024 – and foresees 3 residential workshops, plus some online sessions in between each module.


THE PROGRAMME

The lab follows the entire process of creation of a TV series concept, offering the support of highly qualified tutors and industry professionals, from determining the fundamental building blocks of the project through creating the story of the season and writing the pilot, up to a final presentation in front of a selection of the most relevant key players of the international TV industry, during a special final event organised by TorinoFilmLab in conjunction with one of the main European TV series markets.

Moreover, for the first time TFL will assign a development grant of € 10,000 to one of the projects. The selection of the grant-winner project will be done at the end of the lab, by a Jury nominated by TorinoFilmLab.

The aim of the training course is to create a solid and clear mini-bible of the project, highlighting its main selling points, and the first draft of the pilot episode script. The package should be accompanied by additional materials, strengthening the selling potential of the project - such as mood board, mood video, and a pitch.

Furthermore, during the training months, the SeriesLab participants, after being connected in their groups of work, will have also the chance to network with participants from the SeriesLab Talents programme.

SeriesLab is co-funded by Creative Europe – MEDIA Sub-programme of the European Union, organised with the support of Millimeter Film and with VAF - Flanders Audiovisual Fund.

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SeriesLab 2023 | CALL FOR APPLICATIONS


WHO CAN APPLY
SeriesLab is open to professional scriptwriters or writer-directors, preferably - but not necessarily - with a creative producer attached to the project. Each participant can submit only 1 project, individually or in a team of two members; in exceptional cases, a third participant (co-writer, director or attached producer) can join by paying an additional fee.

All the applicants must confirm their availability for the workshops and the final presentation.

The programme is open to both original concepts and adaptations; in this second case, the team must have secured the rights for the original material.

Candidates must send a concept for fiction TV series – mini (limited) series and multiple-season series are also acceptable. Concepts for documentary series projects will not be accepted.

The working language of all SeriesLab workshops, meetings, and events is English; thus, a good knowledge of English is essential in order to participate.


HOW TO APPLY
The requested materials – to be submitted all together in one PDF – are:

- logline (2 lines maximum)

- updated CV for each participant (2 pages maximum, per CV)

- concept presentation (7,500 characters, spaces included)

- pilot step outline structured in bullet points:
a) if the pilot is a half-hour format (under 44 minutes), the outline must be 25 points maximum and 7.500 characters (spaces included)
b) if the pilot is a one-hour-format (between 45 and 60 minutes), the outline must be between 35 and 45 points maximum and 10,000 characters (spaces included)

- producer’s letter of interest (if the project has a producer attached, this document is mandatory)

- audiovisual approach documents (mood board, etc.), if available

- short presentation of each applicant for communication purposes (including the information listed HERE)

- high-res photograph (1 MB approx.) of each applicant

- a short video introduction (2 mins maximum), in which the applicants explain, in their opinion which are the most important selling points of their project and why an audience should be interested in watching the series. The video should be uploaded on YouTube, Vimeo, or Google Drive. The video’s link - and password, if necessary - should be included in the application package. 

The material must be redacted using font Courier, 12 points.

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


Click on the "APPLY NOW!" button in the right-side column of this page to access the application form. Before starting the application process, you need to create an account on the TFL platform.

DEADLINE: Friday, 31st March 2023, 12.00 p.m. CET (noon)

For more information please contact: alice.presbitero@torinofilmlab.it


PARTICIPATION FEES & SCHOLARSHIPS
Course participation fee: 3,000 Euro (+ VAT, if due) per team (1 or 2 participants)*. A third participant (co-writer, director or attached producer) can join in exceptional cases, with an additional cost of 2,000 Euro (+ VAT, if due).

* This amount covers workshop training, online sessions, accommodation, and subsistence during the workshops. Participants must pay travel costs. In many countries scholarships are available for this training.

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


WORKSHOPS & ONLINE SESSIONS
1st residential workshop:
mid-September 2023 (Georgia), dates TBC
2nd residential workshop: mid-November 2023 (Belgium), dates TBC
3rd residential workshop, final presentation and meetings: beginning of 2024 (place and dates TBC)

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS 2023

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
March 31, 2023

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