Script Lab 2021
Applications open for our Writer development programme

Develop a short film script and your screenwriting skills at Script Lab 2021.

Applications are now open for Script Lab 2021! Our annual filmmaker development programme supports creatives in the North to turn their ideas for short films into completed scripts in a collaborative, inspiring environment.

The 2021 edition runs online from May – November. Applications close at 5pm on Friday, 23 April – more details on the Lab and how to apply are below.

Script Lab is open to Writers from any creative discipline with an initial idea for a short film script under 15 minutes in length. Participants will develop their understanding of short film screenwriting and their individual scripts through a series of monthly workshops led by our BFI NETWORK Talent Development Team and expert industry mentors.

By the end of the programme, Lab Writers will have a completed script and an understanding of how to progress their screen work further. The Lab will culminate in an Industry Mixer event where we’ll showcase the finished scripts and introduce participants to potential collaborators who can take their projects forward.

How to apply

Before you apply for Script Lab, take a look at the Programme Overview. This document provides more detail about the Lab, who can apply and the time commitment involved.

After you’ve read the Programme Overview, you can submit your Script Lab application by completing the online form linked below.

Apply now

The application form will ask for details about your creative experience and your short film idea. You’ll also be asked to provide a sample of your previous work. If you’d like to prepare offline before completing the application form, we’ve put together a downloadable list of the questions asked for reference.

New to film or not sure how best to present your idea? Come along to our Writing a One Page Pitch event on 25 March and pick up some tips from Script Editor Philip Shelley.

If you have any issues with the online form, require application support or would like to apply in another way, please email using the subject line “SCRIPT LAB APPLICATION.”