After carefully thinking about the needs and wants of what we hoped to be one more incredible edition of PLOT lab, and due to several factors, we concluded it would be a wise decision to cancel this upcoming April/May 2020 edition.

Hopefully we will be back in 2021 for a new edition of the lab. Thanks for understanding and looking forward to receive your submissions in the future.



30 April – 2 May 2020


Lisbon, Portugal


PLOT is a professional script development lab, promoted in a creative community environment, where filmmakers from all over the world 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): 500 EUR (1 person) *Scholarships, covering tuition costs, may be assigned in specific cases.

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. Accommodation and travel costs not included.

Final deadline for submissions: 31st December 2019

A maximum of 8 projects will be selected to participate at PLOT 2019 and will receive guidance during the three-day residential basis workshop.

All submitted projects must include the following elements in ONE SINGLE PDF-FILE on 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);
– a story treatment (4 pages maximum);
– note of intent 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.

The participants of the lab will 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 Masterclasses.