Young Horizons Lab, script development programme
The programme focuses on script development of live-action and animation films and series. Within the programme, we aim to work on the projects which are at different stages of development (the concept of the story, early development, more advanced development).
Young Horizons Lab (Polish name: Młode Horyzonty Lab; formerly known as Kids Kino Lab) was created to support emerging storytellers who are taking first steps in the field of professional scriptwriting as well as experienced writers.
During six months and three on-site sessions, the programme’s participants supported by the tutor Philip LaZebnik develop and work on the best structure of their projects. Emphasis is put on group work, individual consultations with tutor, and individual work of the participants between the sessions. Besides the on-site sessions, participants take part in online consultations with Philip LaZebnik (between each session).
The programme is conducted in English.
Young Horizons Lab is co-organised by Young Horizons, a part of the New Horizons Association and Creative Europe Desk Poland. Co-financed by Polish Film Institute. In partnership with the Mazovia Institute of Culture and Mazovia Warsaw Film Commission.
Workshop coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Young Horizons Lab edition 2023/2024. List of projects
Philip is a screenwriter, playwright and a screenwriting consultant. Originally associated with Disney Studios and Dream Works. His screenwriting credits include “Mulan” and “Pocahontas” for Disney, and “The Prince of Egypt” and “The Road to El Dorado” for DreamWorks, among many others.
He has written the book for the theatrical musical “The Prince of Egypt” with songs by Stephen Schwartz, which opened at the Dominion Theatre in London’s West End in February, 2020.
Philip has considerable experience in film teaching: Polish Film School (Lodz, Poland), Bridging the Dragon (Mentor, China), North by Northwest (Tutor, Bornholm), Animationhus (Workshop, Viborg) and worked as a Film/Story Consultant for: “Antz” and “Shrek” (Story consultant, DreamWorks Feature Animation and PDI), “Lion King 1 ½” and “Mulan II” (Disney Television Animation), and numerous other films.
Philip’s goal is to foster a positive, supportive environment in the room, where we can discuss the screenwriting tools which are useful not only for developing the project in the workshop but also future scripts. These tools include analyzing story structure, understanding character motivations, and knowing what questions to ask when writing a script.
Rules and submissions (closed)
Edition 2023/24 is aimed at Polish scriptwriters and producers.
Scriptwriters or team of scriptwriter/producer who are working on the script of live-action or animated film or series for young audiences.
You can apply individually or in a team of two people (example: scriptwriter + scriptwriter, scriptwriter + producer).
Producer attached to the project is not obligatory.
- Live-action feature films and series at different stages of development or concept of the story
- Animated feature films and series at different stages of development or concept of the story
If you are not sure if your project is eligible, please contact: email@example.com.
Call for projects deadline: 20 September
Online meeting (presentation/interview with Philip): 27 – 29 September (preselected projects will be notified about the interview no later than on 26 September)
Final selection results: 29 September
- 1st session: 29 – 31 October 2023
- 2nd session: 6 – 8 December 2023
- 3rd session: 20 – 22 March 2024
Applicants must confirm their full availability for all the on-site sessions.
Submission fee is 200 PLN excl. VAT (246 PLN incl. VAT).
Participation fee is 1500 PLN excl. VAT (1845 PLN incl. VAT) (for team max. 2 people) (paid after the project has been selected).
- Project description (max. 4 pages)
- Short bio (max. half page)
- Motivation letter (max. 1 page)
Recruitment process (CLOSED)
STEP 1: SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION – Preselection
- Prepare all the required documents (see above: Required documents) and complete the online application before 20 September.
- Complete the payment for the submission (After submitting the form, you will receive a payment link within two working days.)
If you do not get a payment link, please contact our Producer -> Maja Banasiak firstname.lastname@example.org
IMPORTANT: Only selected projects will be qualified for further recruitment. The creators will be notified about the preselection results via email by the end of 26 September.
STEP 2: ONLINE MEETING – only for the preselected projects
Interview with Philip LaZebnik and workshop organisers: 27 – 29 September (online).
This is a chance for us to ask you some guestions about your project and get to know each other better. You can also meet us and ask your guestions.
Acceptance of the project (CLOSED)
We will inform you about the final selection results on 29 September.
Once your project is accepted for the Young Horizons Lab programme, you will have ten days to sign an agreement and pay the participation fee (1500 PLN excl. VAT (1845 PLN incl. VAT)).