8-13 DECEMBER 2019

Guidelines and Application Form

Valletta Film Lab is a training and development platform open to filmmakers from Malta and other small nations around Europe.

Following the success of the first workshop held in March 2019, Film Grain Foundation, in collaboration with Initiative Film will be holding a Scriptwriting Workshop from Sunday 8th to Friday 13th December 2019 intended to train Writer/Directors or Screenwriters currently developing a script for a feature length film.

Twelve projects will be selected for the workshop. Participants will be divided in three groups, two for feature films and one for short films to be developed into features. The projects could be original works or adaptations. Filmmakers looking at adapting a short film they’ve wrote or shot into a feature film could also apply by providing the script of the short film, a link to the finished film and a treatment of how they envisage expanding the story into a feature film.

One of the aims of the workshop is to pair writer/directors and screenwriters with script editors. Thus, the workshop will  be providing training to six script-editors. Each editor will be tasked to read the projects selected and will be asked to work in a group and individually with the writer/directors or screenwriters selected. Suitable candidates for this training could be producers, development managers, distributors, sales agents, film programmers, readers and artistic consultants with TV channels.

Nationals or residents of Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, Georgia, Gibraltar, Iceland, Ireland, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Moldova, Norway, Northern Ireland, North Macedonia, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Scotland and Wales can apply to participate in the lab.

Workshop Programme

The goal of the workshop is to assist writers/directors and screenwriters to develop their vision and a screenplay and make it ready for producers to take it to the next stage of development depending on the development stage reached by the project at the time.

The programme will be spread on six days. It will start with an introductory dinner on the first day where participants will be invited to present their themselves and their projects.

The week will be split between plenary sessions, group work and one-to-one meetings.

At the end of the workshop, Film Grain Foundation together with HSBC will award 2 projects with accreditation at a major film market and/or writing residence. The winners will be invited to pitch their project to producers, distributors and financiers.

The workshop will be conducted in the English Language.



The tutors leading the workshop will be the following:

Isabelle Fauvel, Head of Studies and Tutor Feature Films

After gathering experience as a producer, Isabelle Fauvel created Initiative Film in 1993, a company dedicated to film development. As a Script Consultant she holds talks at various events like Thessaloniki’s Agora Film Market and at Toronto International Film Festival where she is a mentor for Studio and Talent Lab.

Isabelle also works, among others for Torino Film lab Extended program, as a program creator and tutor, especially for programs involving development consultancy and story editors training. She is also a scout for the Jerusalem Film Lab.

Yorgos Tsourgiannis, Tutor, Feature Films

Yorgos Tsourgiannis is an independent producer. His credits as producer include  ‘Dogtooth’ by Yorgos Lanthimos. He is the founder and managing director of the Athens based production label Horsefly Productions. He began producing films and numerous TV commercials in various capacities both independently and with other production companies after graduating with an MBA from the University of Southampton and a specialist’s Masters in Audiovisual Management (EMAM) from Rome.

Yorgos Tsourgiannis has been teaching Feature Film Development at the School of Film Studies of the Fine Arts Department of the Thessaloniki Aristotle University since 2016 and since 2012 the Film Production Module for the SAE School of Athens Bachelor in Digital Film Production.

Hakim Mao, Tutor, Short Films

Holder of a masters degree in film, Hakim Mao is a a film development advisor and partner of Initiative Film responsible for all activities linked to short films. He is the company’s representative at various international training programs the company is involved with.

Hakim lectures at various schools like École Factory, Lyon and also moderates various industry activities including the pitching sessions at Annecy Film Festival and other events at the Short Film Corner at Cannes Film Festival.


Participation Fees

Applicants must participate in all activities held and be ready to submit, when requested, any written material such as questionnaires and evaluation reports. Writer/Directors or screenwriters of the selected projects will be asked to confirm their participation within 3 days from date of notification. Participants are to pay participation fees within 15 days from confirmation date.

The participation fee for directors-writers from outside Malta is €1000 (exclusive of VAT). This fee includes accommodation at a three-star hotel in Valletta or apartment, full-board lodging and ground transportation.

The participation fee for script editors is €850. This fee includes accommodation at a three-star hotel in Valletta or apartment, full-board lodging and ground transportation.

Participants must pay all air-travel costs. Many countries provide bursaries and scholarships for this kind of training so kindly consult your country’s film or culture agencies for more information.

The participation fee for Malta-based writers/directors or screen-writers is €400 (exclusive of VAT). The fee for script-editors is €250. These fees exclude accommodation and ground transportation.

In case of cancellation three weeks prior to the starting date of the program, there will be a 50% refund of the participation fees.

There shall be no refund in case of cancellation less than three weeks from the starting date of the program.



The workshops of Valletta Film Lab will be held at University of Malta Valletta Campus.

The Campus, housed in in the Old University Building, dates back to 1592 and serves as a prestigious setting for the hosting of international conferences, seminars, short courses and summer schools.


Further information

Valletta Film Lab is managed by Film Grain Foundation and is supported by Arts Council Malta through the Creative Industries Platform. HSBC and AirMalta are official partners.

For any enquiries please email the foundation on [email protected] or call +356 2713 3081.



Personal Details of Applicant

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Section For Writer/Directors or Screenwriters with a Project

Section for Script Editors

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