27 – 29 April 2018

Lisbon, Portugal

PLOT is a professional script development lab, promoted in a residential basis and creative community environment, where fiction feature film projects from all over the world will have the chance to broaden their narrative skills and enhance their creative voice.

High-end script experts provide guidance throughout the lab and challenge the participants with the goal of reaching their projects artistic and creative potential.

This year’s edition features mentoring sessions by Jon Raymond – regular contributor to Kelly Reichardt and scriptwriter for films like Wendy and LucyOld JoyMeek’s Cutoff or Night Moves – and the Spanish story-editor Ana Sanz Magallón (Estiu 1993Els Nens SalvatgesUnder the Stars).

The participants of the laboratory also have the opportunity to present the projects to a panel of decision makers of the international film scene, follow the program of the IndieLisboa festival and to participate in a Masterclass with the award-winning Argentine director Lucrecia Martel.

As of 2018, PLOT is happening as part of IndieLisboa Film Festival industry activities.


(IT) MY BEST FRIEND, Andrea Garello & Daniele Esposito
(DE/IT) PICCOLO PARADISO, Hannes Lang & Mareike Wegener
(BR) RESERVOIR, Diego Hoefel, Ticiana Lima & Aline Portugal

(SE) SAGRES, Lovisa Siren
(BR) JUNGLE’S HELL, Leandro Franz



Jon Raymond is the author of the novels Freebird, Rain Dragon and The Half-Life, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2004, and the short-story collection Livability, a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and winner of the Oregon Book Award. He is also the screenwriter of the film Meek’s Cutoff and cowriter of the films Old Joy and Wendy and Lucy, both based on his short fiction, and the film Night Moves. He also cowrote the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce, winner of five Emmy Awards. Raymond’s writing has appeared in Tin House, the Village Voice, Bookforum, Artforum, Playboy, Zoetrope, and other publications. He lives in Portland, Oregon.


With more than 20 years of professional experience as script analyst, story editor and script coordinator, Ana Sanz-Magallón has collaborated in several award winning Spanish films. Among them are Félix Viscarret’s Bajo las Estrellas (Goya 2008 for best adapted screenplay), Santiago Zannou’s El Troco del Manco (Goya 2009 for Best New Director), Patricia Ferreira’s Los Niños Salvajes and the most recent Spanish breakthrough Verano 1993 by Carla Simón (Berlinale winner and official Spanish submission for the Oscars in 2017).


Starter and main producer of the company Squatter Factory in 2014, Luis had the chance to develop an exchange program at Savage Film in Belgium with Bart van Langendonck (“The Land of The Enlightened”, “D’Ardennes”, “Bullhead”) and another one in São Paulo at RT Features in 2015 with Rodrigo Teixeira (“The Witch” / “Frances Ha” / “Night Moves” / “Love 3D”). He is the founder, main promoter & creative director of GUIÕES – Portuguese Language Screenplay Festival, PLOT – Professional Script Lab and DRAMA.pt. Luis’ first professional films are currently being developed, produced & released.


Born in 1966 in Salta in the North of Argentina, Lucrecia Martel settled down in Buenos Aires where she attended the ENERC (National Film School). She started by directing a few shorts among which Historias Breves I: Rey muerto (1995), which garnered several awards in the international film festival circuit. From 1995 to 1998, she made a series of documentaries for TV as well as a children’s TV programme, hailed by the Argentinian press for its unusual dark humor. From 2001 until today, Lucrecia Martel has managed to make very personal feature films, La Ciénaga (2001), La Niña Santa (2004) and La Mujer Sin Cabeza (2008), in which she explores her favorite theme, troubled minds. Zama (2017), her most recent film, has been praised in top festivals and best-films-of-the-year lists worldwide.


Dustin Guy Defa is an American director and actor. He has directed six shorts that were already the subject of a retrospective at The Film Society of Lincoln Center and shown at festivals such as Sundance, Berlinale, SXSW and HotDocs. He directed his first feature Bad Fever in 2011, named one of the best films of 2012 by New Yorker. His latest film, Person to Person, starring Michael Cera, Tavi Gevinson and Abbi Jacobson is being distributed by Magnolia Pictures.