Script Lab 2017/2018 - Open Call

Submit your project as of now!

Cinekid for Professionals is looking back on three successful runs of Cinekid Script LAB, the four-month script training for screenwriters with a children’s feature film project. The tailor-made training consists of 1:1 coaching and expert sessions, development workshops, test & pitch with children and reading sessions with actors. Accreditation, accommodation and travel from and to Amsterdam (Cinekid for Professionals) and Berlin (Berlinale) are included.
Up until now, the participating screenwriters were nominated by our partnering institutes. For the upcoming edition, we are launching an open call application as well; next to the 6 projects that will be selected by the institutes and Cinekid, we now select up to 6 extra projects for the 2017/2018 edition of Cinekid Script LAB.
APPLY NOW! Deadline: 1 July 2017

Feature length documentaries also included

As of this year, the LAB is also open for feature length documentary projects (next to feature length fiction and animation projects) as part of a larger talent development doc program in collaboration with IDFA. For over 16 years the National Kids & Docs workshop, which has been organised by Cinekid and IDFA in collaboration with youth TV station Zapp and with the support of the NPO-fund, aims to develop doc-making talent within the children’s sector. During this Kids & Docs workshop, six highly talented filmmakers were given support to develop a film plan for a children’s documentary with a maximum duration of 15 minutes.
The short films produced are of mature quality: a substantial part of the 80+ films made over the past years has travelled around the world and received many awards. To keep expanding our impact on documentaries for young audiences, our next step is to include feature-length documentaries in the upcoming edition of Cinekid Script LAB.
More information can be found on here. Please read the regulations for Cinekid Script LAB carefully. For further questions, please contact


Programme Outline

  • 21 – 25 October: Residence Cinekid Script LAB @ Cinekid for Professionals in Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • November – January: possibility to incorporate the feedback and input from the first session. Individual online/Skype sessions will be held with the script coaches.
  • 16 – 21 February: Residence Cinekid Script LAB @ Berlinale in Berlin, Germany.

Cinekid Script LAB is supported by Creative Europe MEDIA Programme and co-funded by the following national institutes:

Netherlands Film Fund (NETHERLANDS)

Finnish Film Foundation (FINLAND)             

Flanders Audiovisual Fund (BELGIUM)                                 

Icelandic Film Centre (ICELAND)                             

Norwegian Film Institute (NORWAY)                   

Swedish Film Institute (SWEDEN)