The Script&Pitch is brought to you by the support of the MEDIA programme of the European Union.




TARGET PARTICIPANTS: professional scriptwriters, writer-directors, writer-producers and development executives, as well as film professionals interested in story editing training. The course is aimed at fiction feature film projects at an early development stage.

N.B. Scriptwriters applications accepted from all over the world; story editors applications accepted only from MEDIA-eligible countries.


DURATION: 3 week-long residential workshops in March, June and November 2014 + 2 on-line sessions.


FEE: 2.000 Euro for scriptwriters; 1.000 Euro for story editor trainees. Scholarships assigned by merit to scriptwriters.



About Script&Pitch

Every year TorinoFilmLab offers Script&Pitch, an advanced script development course for scriptwriters and directors of feature films from all over the world. The programme, supported by the MEDIA Programme of the European Union, is realized with the support of Flanders Audiovisual Fund and Le Groupe Ouest, and in partnership with University College Ghent School of Arts and NISI MASA.
Open to 12 projects from all over the world, the course lasts 9 months – from March to November 2014, and foresees 3 residential workshops and 2 on line sessions. It follows the entire scriptwriting process, offering close collaboration and insights into the challenges of each step, from generating ideas and structuring the material through first and second drafts, up to a final pitch in front of the Decision Makers(producers, distributors, etc.) invited to the TorinoFilmLab Meeting Event in November 2014, during the next Torino Film Festival.
The selected Script&Pitch projects will have the possibility to apply to the TorinoFilmLab FrameWork programme in 2015, provided they fulfil the conditions of eligibility (having a first- or second-time director and a producer attached; the first day of shooting must be scheduled after November 2015).
The Story Editor action, open to 3 people coming from MEDIA-eligible countries, will give story editors, producers and development professionals an opportunity to work closely with the tutors and projects, gaining hands-on insights into the script development process
Who can apply?
Script&Pitch is open to professional scriptwriters, writer-directors, as well as to writer-producers and development executives.
We will accept scriptwriters’ applications from all over the world.
We will accept story editors’ applications from all EU countries as well as from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
Many of our participants already have a production company interested in their project. However, it is not necessary to have a producer attached to the project.
Applicants must confirm their availability for the workshops and the final pitch.
The working language of all Script&Pitch workshops, meetings and events is English; thus, a good knowledge of English is essential in order to participate.
Workshops & on-line sessions
Three intensive weeklong workshops and two on-line sessions keep the project development in a constructive flow. Participants work in groups of four writers and a story editor, with a tutor heading the process. The course includes lectures, talks (for example on dramaturgy, cross media, audience engagement) and one-to-one meetings with industry professionals. The tool of pitching one’s project to others will be used throughout the course in various ways, for example in the form of a video pitch.
Workshop locations & dates
First residential workshop: 10-16 March 2014 (Ghent, Belgium)
Second residential workshop: 15-21 June 2014 (Brignogan, France)
Third residential workshop and Meeting Event: 21-27 November 2014 (Turin, Italy)The workshop locations and dates are subject to change.

Participation fees & scholarships
Course participation fee for writers: 2.000 Euro.
Scholarships, covering half of the fee, can be assigned by merit.
Course participation fee for story editors: 1.000 Euro.
These amounts cover workshop training, on-line sessions, accommodation and subsistence during the workshops. Participants must pay all travel costs. In many countries bursaries and scholarships are available for this kind of training.
How to apply?
The requested materials for scriptwriters are (in PDF):
– the application form (download the application form here);
– an updated CV (2 pages maximum);
– a project synopsis (1 page maximum);
– a project treatment (10 pages maximum);
– a project intention (1 page maximum): it can include for instance the motivation for telling this story, the visual approach, the intended style of the film, etc. In general the content of this text is quite open;
– a previously realized film (optional; 30 minutes maximum)*
*please send a link (with password) to one previous short film or extract of previous materials. Submitted materials should be in English or have English subtitles/translation; show reels will not be accepted. Videos must be received by the Script&Pitch staff along with the application package no later than October 30th, 2013.
The requested materials for story editors are (in PDF):
– the application form (download the application form here);
– an updated CV (2 pages maximum);
– a motivation letter explaining why you would like to take part in the programme.
Please e-mail the files, all in English and in separate PDF documents to:
Deadline for applications: October 30th, 2013
Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed via scheduled Skype meetings on 17-18December, 2013.
For more information please contact:
The selected projects of Script&Pitch must indicate TorinoFilmLab support both in the opening and closing credits, by displaying the TorinoFilmLab Logo and the caption “Supported by TorinoFilmLab”.