SCREENWRITERS & DIRECTORS LABS
Information & Application Details
The next Screenwriters and Directors Labs will be held in Summer of 2024. There will not be a 2023 edition.
Applications will open in fall of 2023.
Please note that Greek candidates can apply from October to December every year through an open call.
The international submissions are by invitation only.
Costa Navarino, Messinia, Greece
- Application Deadline
From 2016 to 2018, Oxbelly organised the Faliro House | Sundance Institute Mediterranean Screenwriters Workshop, in partnership with the Sundance Institute and filmmaker Athina Rachel Tsangari with the aim to support first and second-feature filmmakers from the Mediterranean region.
Following the workshop’s successful 3-year run, Oxbelly launched its Screenwriters and Directors Labs in 2019, based on the same principles, expanding its outreach to include countries from around the world. The Oxbelly Screenwriters and Directors Labs are held every summer in the coastal area of Costa Navarino, Greece, and allow first and second feature filmmakers to further develop their projects, with guidance from established filmmakers, under the artistic direction of Athina Rachel Tsangari.
Over the period of one week, each fellow has meetings with three separate advisors, as well as the opportunity to attend group workshops and panels/masterclasses, presented by filmmakers, producers, sales agents, festival programmers, and other industry professionals.
The fellows get the chance to cast the scene prior to the Lab, then storyboard it shot-by-shot, shoot it and edit it at the Lab, accompanied by a casting director, DoP and editor accordingly. Their paired advisors observe and advise during the process until the scenes are ready to be screened and discussed amongst all Lab participants.
Please submit the first ten pages of your script (both in English and Greek) along with the requested materials (in English) through the application form below.
Should your project be selected for the second round of applications, you will be notified via email in January, and you will be asked to submit the complete draft of your script, as well as a few additional materials (e.g. synopsis, cover letter).
If you have previously applied with the same project, your application can only be eligible for consideration if your current script is significantly revised from the previously submitted draft.
Please note that the Directors Lab is accessible only to fellows attending the Screenwriters Lab; that includes writers planning on directing their own project and writer-director teams.
Creative AdvisorsView Previous Advisors
Devon Delmar & Jason Jacobs (South Africa)CARISSA
Yiorgos Fourtounis (Greece)PROMETHEUS
Helena Girón & Samuel M. Delgado (Spain)BAJO RISCO
David Gutnik & Assol Abdullina (Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, USA)40 DAYS
Alexis Langlois & Carlotta Coco & Thomas Colineau (France)DRAMA QUEENS
Beza Hailu Lemma (Canada, Ethiopia)THE LAST TEARS OF THE DECEASED
Rafael Manuel (Philippines, UK)FILIPIÑANA
Alexandra Matheou (Cyprus, Greece)SHIBBOLETH
Abinash Shah (Nepal)ELEPHANTS IN THE FOG
Jeannie Sui Wonders (USA)MORE PERFECT
Aliki Tsakoumi (Greece, Sweden)MOLLY & ALPHA
Andrew Norman Wilson (USA)IMPERSONATOR
Baer Xiao (China, France)ALMOST THERE