Meet the participants in the Spanish edition of our 2022 Script Revision Lab!

Cinq Qua Non Lab

About the lab

The Script Revision Lab gives independent filmmakers 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 a two-day online follow-up session. The lab has two editions: one in English and one in Spanish.

The lab is facilitated by a professional in the field with long-standing experience. In addition to the script guidance provided by the facilitator through workshop sessions and one-on-one meetings, participants have ample time for writing. The lab offers the participants the opportunity to workshop their projects with other international filmmakers, be part of a community of like-minded artists, and access the Cine Qua Non Lab film professional network.

Dates and location

The Script Revision Lab is held 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.

  • English edition: The residential workshop will take place from Sunday, August 14th, through Friday, August 26th, 2022. The follow-up session will be held online in September 2022.
  • Spanish edition: The residential workshop will take place from Saturday, November 12th, through Friday, November 25th, 2022. The follow-up session will be held online in December 2022.
Please note that, depending on the evolution of the global health situation, the residential workshop might have to be cancelled due to health or safety concerns and/or travel restrictions. In case of cancellation, the sessions will be held online.

Application deadline

  • English edition: The call for applicants is closed.
  • Spanish edition: The call for applicants is closed.

Eligibility

  • Writers or writer/directors developing a 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

Application materials

  • Online application
  • A current résumé or CV
  • A synopsis of the story, including the ending (up to 3 pages, using a 12-point Courier font)
  • The script in its entirety
  • A copy of official registration/ ownership/ copyright of the script

Participation fee

There is a non-refundable application fee of 25 USD.

The fee for attending the lab is 2,950 USD. This fee is required upon acceptance to the lab. 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.

The participation fee covers the professional script guidance during the workshop and the follow-up session, as well as accommodation and meals throughout the two-week residential workshop. Participants are responsible for their own travel expenses to and from the residency. Participants must submit proof of medical insurance covering the period of the residential workshop, as well as travel insurance for COVID-19-related issues.

Fees are payable via PayPal.

Grants

The IBERMEDIA Ibero-American Support Fund will award 12 grants to filmmakers accepted to the Spanish edition of the Script Revision Lab. The grants have a value of 2,000 USD and will cover tuition, accommodation and meals. Therefore, all filmmakers receiving an IBERMEDIA grant will pay only 950 USD as a participation fee.

IBERMEDIA grants may be awarded to filmmakers accepted to the Spanish edition of the Script Revision Lab who are nationals and permanent residents of one of the following countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Italy, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay and Venezuela.

The awarding of the IBERMEDIA grants is subject to compliance with the conditions established by the IBERMEDIA Ibero-American Support Fund.

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, as well as mentioning Cine Qua Non Lab’s support in any interview or article about their 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 video conference.

For further information, please address inquiries to admissions@cqnl.org.