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.

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


Writers, writers/directors, directors or producers from all over the world with a fiction feature film screenplay at an advanced stage of development. Applicants are expected to have professional experience in writing, directing or producing film. All scripts submitted must have at least one production company attached to the project and ideally some development funding in place. Focus in narrative and character driven films will be privileged as PLOT will apply efforts on exploring and discovering new ways for genre-based storytelling.


Submission Fee: 10 USD (via FilmFreeway)

Participation Fee (for selected projects only): 650 EUR (1 person)

Accommodation between 26 – 30 April is included (in our partner Nest House Lisbon Hostel) and meals will be provided during the 3 days of the lab. A full accreditation for IndieLisboa Film Festival screenings and activities will also be provided to all selected PLOT participants. Travel costs not included.

Final deadline for submissions: 28th February 2018

A maximum of 10 projects will be selected to participate at PLOT 2018 and will receive guidance during the three-day residential basis workshop.

All submitted projects must include the following elements in its FilmFreeway project profile page, at the application moment:

– an updated CV for both writer/director and producer/production company;
– a project synopsis (1 page maximum);
– full script (fiction feature film only);
– note of intent (4 pages maximum) for both screenwriter/director and producer;
– audiovisual approach documents (moodboard, etc.);
– links to previous work.

All submissions must be made in English language (even if the film is not meant to be spoken in English language). Before submitting, please check our Rules & Terms.

PLOT’18 mentors will be announced soon. We always strive for renowned high-end experts and our mentoring is made by makers with A-list credits in their background.

Apply now through our partner FilmFreeway by clicking the button below:

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.


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 VoiceBookforumArtforum, 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 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.