About the Lab

The Script Revision Lab in English gives independent screenwriters from around the world the opportunity to work intensively on their feature length narrative scripts in an environment structured to foster professional collaboration and high-quality script development. Ten filmmakers from around the world are selected to participate. Applications are only accepted for completed feature film scripts that are ready for the revision process. Only writers or writer/directors developing their first or second narrative feature film are eligible to apply. The lab is held in English.

The Script Revision Lab in English consists of:

  • A two-week residential workshop held in August in Tzintzuntzan, a small town in Mexico.
  • Two follow-up sessions held online in October and in January.

Residential Workshop

The two-week residential workshop is held every year in August in Tzintzuntzan, a small town in the State of Michoacán, Mexico, approximately 50 km from the city of Morelia. The workshop, writing, and living spaces are tucked amidst the beauty of the Sierra Madre Mountains, overlooking Lake Pátzcuaro, a quiet natural retreat.

The workshop is facilitated by a professional in the field with ample experience in both teaching and writing. In addition to the professional script guidance provided by the facilitator through group sessions and individual meetings, as well as additional professional advice by guest speakers, the program provides accommodations and meals throughout the two-week residential workshop and offers the participants the opportunity to workshop their projects with nine other international filmmakers of high caliber, be part of a community of other like-minded filmmakers, and access the Cine Qua Non Lab film professional alumni network, all in an absolutely beautiful, protected and inspiring setting, free of stress and distractions.

Workshop Sessions

In each workshop session, participants present work to the group.  In total, each participant will have three opportunities to present work at different stages of the rewriting and revision process. Participants can discuss their work at crucial stages of writing, refine story ideas and visual language, further develop characters, and hone structure. The facilitator will guide discussion both to ensure that it addresses the unique challenges the presenter is struggling with and so that other participants can gain insight into their own challenges. The focus here is on close readings, rigorous analysis, and a supportive, collegial group mentality.

One-on-One

Each participant will have two one-on-one meetings with the facilitator, scheduled on days when the group workshop is not in session. The filmmakers can work through additional story and structure questions at their discretion, follow-up on issues that may have come up during the workshop sessions, and bring new ideas to the table.

Independent Time

Participants have ample independent time outside of the workshop sessions to structure as they feel best fits their creative process. This can mean working and revising on their own, discussing their work with each other in a more informal way, or using some of this time to reflect, think, or get some downtime.

Follow-Up Sessions

After the residential workshop is over, two follow-up sessions are held online in October and in January. Participants are expected to have progressed with their scripts to the stage of an extensive rewrite of their draft. The follow-up sessions with the facilitator focus on the rewrites, remaining issues and possible solutions.