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Cinekid Script LAB

Cinekid Script LAB is a six-month script-training programme for writers with a children's film or series project. The training was initiated by Cinekid in 2014, and takes place during Cinekid for Professionals in October, and the Berlinale the following February.

The event is co-funded by international partners such as Athens International Children's Film Festival (GR), Finnish Film Foundation (FI), Flanders Audiovisual Fund (BE), Icelandic Film Centre (IC), Netherlands Film Fund (NL), Norwegian Film Institute (NO), Polish Film Institute (PL) and Swedish Film Institute (SE)

During the Cinekid Script LAB, an international group of writers and writer/directors will work on their plans for children’s feature films or series. The programme offers tailor-made coaching and training; it answers to the specific writer’s and story’s needs, along a six-month trajectory.


Cinekid Script LAB is currently accepting entries for the upcoming edition. Submit your children's film- or series project in development through this form, read the full regulations here, and check out the other open calls at Cinekid here. The deadline for Cinekid Script LAB entries is extended to Wednesday 31 May, 23:59 CEST.

Points of focus

  • Offering a specific focus on writing for young audiences
  • Improving the writing and pitching skills of its participants
  • Development towards a new (and better) draft of their script or treatment
  • Connecting writers who are working on scripts for young audiences
  • Increasing the international network of its participants
  • Facilitating an exchange of knowledge among its participants

You can find an outline of the Script LAB programme through this link.

Open call
As of the 2017/2018 edition of Cinekid Script LAB, it is possible to participate without a nomination as well as through one of the partnering institutes. Roughly 50% of the projects are selected through our partners, and 50% will be selected through the open call.