29 April – 1 May 2021 NEW DATES: 25-27 August 2021


Online / Zoom from Lisbon to the World


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: 15 EUR (via FilmFreeway) – SUBMISSIONS CLOSED

Participation Fee (for selected projects only): 250 EUR*

*Up to 2 Scholarships (covering full participation fee) will be assigned for Portuguese participants.

Final deadline for submissions: 31st December 2020

A maximum of 6 projects will be selected to participate at PLOT 2021 and will receive guidance during the three-day 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.

Selected projects will be required to submit a full-draft screenplay in time for the workshop (the draft should be ready to submit by March 2021).


Ada Solomon

Ada Solomon is a Romanian producer, founder of Hi Film Productions and Micro Film. She has produced over 60 titles such as: I DO NOT CARE IF WE GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS BARBARIANS (Radu Jude, 2018, Grand Prix Crystal Globe in KV IFF), AFERIM! (Radu Jude, 2015, Silver Bear Berlin) and CHILD’S POSE (Calin Netzer, 2013, Golden Bear Berlin). She has worked with the most promising Romanian filmmakers as Cristian Nemescu, Ivana Mladenovic, Alexandru Solomon or Răzvan Rădulescu and was executive producer for Maren Ade’s TONI ERDMANN, among others. Ada co-produced with over 15 countries & was involved in European filmmakers debuts as Chiara Malta, Marta Bergman, Federico Bondi, Adriano Valerio & in accomplished directors films such as Tomasz Wasilewski, Slobodan Sijan or Dragomir Sholev. European Film Academy Deputy Chairwoman, Executive President of EWA Network, EAVE national coordinator, ACE board member, winner of the European Co-production Award – Prix Eurimages, European Film Awards 2013.

Anna Ciennik

Anna Ciennik graduated from La Fémis French film school in the production department in 2010. She has been working in different capacities – mostly as line producer and post-production supervisor – for Les César, Les Films d’Ici, Les Films de Pierre, Kazak productions until 2016. Since 2010, she has also been reading scripts for companies and official institutions in France and the UK including the CNC, Why Not Productions, Creative Films. Enriched by these experiences, she felt the urge to dedicate herself to script-development and story-editing. After attending TFL’s Scriptlab as a story editor trainee in 2017, she became a script consultant for BoostNL (Cinemart and Holland Film Meetings development lab), Locarno’s Open Doors Hub, and she reads for European production companies and organisations like EAVE, Coproduction Office. She also has been LIM – Less is More script development lab’s manager in 2018 and 2019. In parallel, since 2017, Anna has been working for Les Arcs Film Festival professional events, Les Arcs Industry Village, for which she scouts and supervises the selection of the different industry sections. All in all, her background gives her an in-depth view into the life of a film. She is a member of the French Collectif 5050 and is a bit of a language and wine geek.
Marcelo Gomes

Scriptwriter and director born in Recife, Brazil, where he founded a film club. His debut film, Cinema, Aspirinas e Urubus, screened at Cannes (Un Certain Regard) in 2005 and received France’s National Education Prize. His feature film Viajo Porque Preciso, Volto Porque Te Amo, which he co-directed with Karim Aïnouz, premiered at Venice (Orizzonti) in 2009. His historical bio-pic Joaquim was selected in 2017 for the Competition in the Berlinale. His doc Waiting for the Carnival was released in the Berlinale in 2019.

Marika Kozlovska

Marika Kozlovska used to be a radio moderator, festival organizer and interpreter. In the film industry she’s known as an international market consultant for over 10 years. Her approach to international film market is Strategy Before Action – careful strategic planning for every project in different stages of productionIn the past, for more than 6 years Marika has been consulting with the Brazilian film promotion agency Cinema do Brasil. Together with other consultants & trainers she prepares tailor-made consultancies and training sessions. She participated as a trainer and speaker at Rotterdam Lab, IFFR Pro, Berlinale Talents, Mica Meetings, Plot Lab, Next Wave, Swiss Films Talent Day, Media Desk workshops & many more. Marika is a 2018 graduate of EAVE Producers and Marketing Workshops. She’s a jury member at the Zürich Film Fund and the Austrian Film Institute.    

Affonso Gonçalves
Affonso Gonçalves has edited over forty films, including three Sundance Film Festival winners:  Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild, Debra Granik’s Winter’s Bone and Ira Sachs’ Forty Shades of Blue. Gonçalves’ other film credits include Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive, Paterson and The Dead Don’t Die, Ira Sachs’ Love Is Strange and Little Men. Jonas Carpignano’s A Ciambra. He  worked on the first season of the HBO series True Detective with Cary Joji Fukunaga. He teamed up with Todd Haynes on the HBO mini-series Mildred Pierce, the movies Carol and Dark Waters and the upcoming documentary on the Velvet Underground. Wendy, his latest collaboration with Benh Zeitlin is premiering at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.

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 exclusive Masterclasses.