Our 2017 Call for Applicants is now closed

This year, we have received submissions from applicants from Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
Good luck to all applicants!
Cinq Qua Non Lab

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. The lab consists of a two-week residential workshop and two online follow-up sessions. For more information, click here.

Dates and location

The residential workshop will be held from Sunday, August 6th, through Saturday, August 19th, 2017, in Tzintzuntzan, a small town in the State of Michoacán, Mexico, approximately 50 km from the city of Morelia. The two online follow-up sessions will be held in October 2017 and January 2018.

Application deadline

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017.

Number of participants

10 filmmakers from around the world.


    • Writers or writer/directors developing their first or second narrative feature film
    • Only completed narrative feature scripts ready for the revision process
    • Co-written scripts are eligible, but only one person per project will be accepted to the lab
    • Proof of ownership/copyright of the script


The lab will be held in English. All participants must have a good knowledge of English.

Application materials

  • Application form
  • A one-page synopsis of the story
  • An updated résumé/CV of the applicant
  • The script in its entirety
  • A copy of official registration/ ownership/ copyright of the script


There is a non-refundable administrative application fee of 35 USD.

The cost of attending the lab is 1,500 USD. This fee is required upon acceptance to the lab. Mexican citizens and legal residents in Mexico are entitled to a 40% discount on the participation fee. The participation fee covers the following:

  • Accommodations and meals throughout the two-week residential workshop.
  • Two online follow-up sessions.
  • Project-tailored professional script development by the lab facilitator through group sessions and individual meetings.
  • Extensive creative support through the lab, professional advice by guest speakers and additional programming, as well as the opportunity to workshop projects with nine other international filmmakers of high caliber.
  • Access to the Cine Qua Non Lab film professional alumni network.

In case of cancellation more than 15 days prior to the starting date of the lab, there is a 50% refund of the attendance fee. There is no refund in case of cancellation less than 15 days prior to the starting date.

All participants are responsible for their own travel expenses to and from the residency. Participants must also submit proof of medical insurance covering the period of the residential workshop.

Giving back

Participants must give official recognition to Cine Qua Non Lab in the future production of their work, by including an acknowledgement and the Cine Qua Non Lab logo in any published rendition of the script, in the project’s website or when applying for additional development labs and funding for the same project. In addition, once completed, films that have been supported by Cine Qua Non Lab must indicate that support both in the opening and closing credits, by displaying the Cine Qua Non Lab logo and the caption “Developed with the support of Cine Qua Non Lab”. Participants are also required to give recognition to the lab facilitator with an on-screen credit of script consultant.

Selection process

All applications will be read and evaluated by a jury panel comprised of film professionals. Applicants short-listed by the Selection Committee for consideration in the final round of evaluations may be interviewed by videoconference. All applicants will be notified of the final decision of the Selection Committee in the last week of June 2017.