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 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.
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.
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.