Monday, May 31, 2010

Screenwriter's Workshop 2010

August 13 – 23, 2010

Michoacán, Mexico

Cine Qua Non Lab is pleased to announce the launch of the Screenwriter’s Workshop for filmmakers.

Funding for this year's workshop is provided by the Universidad Michoacana and Villa D'Aqua.


Cine Qua Non Lab's mission is to provide a space for Mexican and international filmmakers to envision and develop their work, and to bring them together to exchange ideas, share perspectives, and find new opportunities for collaboration. We are located in the small village of Tzintzuntzan in the north of Michoacán state, 35km from the capital of Morelia, and encompass a property that sits on the northwest shore of Lake Patzcuaro, surrounded by the beauty of the Sierra Madre Mountains.


The Screenwriter’s Workshop is a ten-day workshop that gives independent screenwriters an opportunity to work on their short and feature length narrative scripts in a supportive environment. The workshop is structured to give participants a balance of feedback through workshop sessions, as well as time to work individually.

This summer, the workshop will be held from Friday, August 13 to Monday, August 23nd. Eight to ten filmmakers will be selected to participate. Applications will be accepted in English or Spanish. However, all participants will need a fluent command of the English language, as the workshop will be held in English, and scripts must be read & translated into English for all workshop sessions.

Applications will be accepted for feature film scripts that are ready for the revision process; feature film treatments that are ready to be turned into pages; and short films that will be revised or written at the residency.

Workshop Sessions

Over the course of the workshop, each participant will have several opportunities to present their work for feedback from an experienced facilitator and other workshop participants. The workshop session will be held for 3 hours in the morning, and up to three participants will present their work during the session. All participants are required to attend all the workshops and to read all the material being presented.


On days when workshops are not in session, participants have the opportunity to schedule one-on-one time with the facilitator. This gives each participant an opportunity to work through additional story and structure questions at their discretion, to follow-up with the facilitator on issues that may have come up during the workshop session, and to bring new ideas to the table. One-on-one sessions are not required, but scheduled according to each participant’s needs.

Independent Time

Participants will have ample independent time outside of the workshop sessions. Participants can structure this time however they feel best fits their creative process.

Residency Support

Cine Qua Non Lab will provide accommodations and meals throughout the residency, in addition to the extensive creative support through the Screenwriter’s Workshop. All participants are responsible for their own travel expenses to and from the residency, but some local transportation services may be provided from the residency to the surrounding areas.

Meals will be available at specific times, with dinner being a meal participants are required to eat together, in order to promote a spirit of collaboration and the exchange of ideas and sharing of perspectives. Snacks will also be available in the kitchen throughout the day.

Each participant will have their own room in a group house consisting of two to three participants. Each house will have a common living area, kitchen, and bathroom.

Throughout the residency grounds, participants will find ample space to work. Participants are welcome to work in their own resident houses which will be equipped with desks and chairs, or find a space in the main lake house or outside along the lake and patio.

Printers and internet are available in the main lake house. However, access to internet is limited, and available only for very short periods of time, due to the remoteness of the location. Should participants need a longer period of internet access, there is a small internet café about a fifteen minute ride from the residency grounds. Scripts will be shared using data (memory) sticks. Participants must provide their own laptop.

Workshop Schedule

The schedule has been created in order to give participants the maximum support and flexibility each day. The schedule alternates between a workshop day and a non-workshop day, with meals available at regular times throughout the day.

Workshop Days

8am – 9:30am Breakfast

10am – 1:00pm Workshop (together)

1:30pm – 2:30pm Lunch

7:00 – 8:30pm Dinner (together)

Non-Workshop Days

8am – 9:30am Breakfast

1:30pm – 2:30pm Lunch

7:00 – 8:30pm Dinner (together)

Facilitator Bio

Each Screenwriter’s Workshop is facilitated by a professional who has an excellent track record as both a screenwriter and a teacher of screenwriting. This summer’s workshop will be facilitated by Christina Lazaridi, who was nominated for an Academy Award® for her screenplay of “One Day Crossing." The film premiered at the Museum of Modern Art as part of the “New Directors, New Films series. Lazaridi is based in New York and currently teaches screenwriting at Columbia University’s Graduate Film Division and Princeton University and works as a Story Editor and Screenwriting Consultant in New York, Europe and Los Angeles.She has taught Screenwriting Seminars at Gotham Writer’s Workshops, UCLA Extension Program, Emerson College Loyola Marymount University, Augsburg College and the Southhampton’s Screenplay Conference, has worked in the United Arab Emirates as a Mentor for their Screenwriting Program, “The Circle” and has recently joined the Mediterranean Film Institute (European Union’s Development Program) as one of their Screenwriting Mentors.



Application Announced: June 1

Application Deadline: June 30

Residency Notification of Acceptance: July 9

Participant Confirmation of Acceptance: July 14

Residency Dates: August 13 - 23

Please submit all of the following materials by June 30, 2010.

Application -- Please include 1-2 pages answering the following questions: 1) Your name & contact information (email, phone, address); 2) The title of your project; 3) The type of project you are applying with (Feature -- to be revised at the residency; Short -- writing or revising a script; Feature Film Treatment -- development and writing of new pages); 4) Please tell us a bit about yourself and why you are applying for the Screenwriter's Workshop at this time -- 250 words; 5) How do you envision the realization of your script? For example, "I plan on shooting this for $25,000 with unknown actors in a one-bedroom apartment in New York City that I am borrowing from a friend" or "I'm just the writer, I don't have a director or producer attached yet, but in an ideal world I would like a director like __ to direct this film because..." or "I am planning on directing this script myself next year, and currently have a producer attached, and we are in the midst of raising the $__ budget from various sources that include investors..."

Synopsis of the Project – submit a one page synopsis of the project.

Resume/CV – includes school and professional experience.

Writing Sample – any 15 pages from the script you are applying with or a previous script written solely by the applicant.

All materials should be received by June 30 at In the subject line of your email, please state "Application for Workshop/Your Name." Please do not send any additional materials other than what is requested.


Mexican and international filmmakers at any stage of their career, from emerging to established, including graduate (but not undergraduate) students.


Participants are asked to give official recognition to the residency in the future production of their work. This would include an acknowledgement in screen credits or any published rendition of the script.

Participants will also be asked to provide some information and feedback for use in promoting the residency to other filmmakers and funders in the future. This could include photographs of the participants at the workshop, an image from the film, or written comments describing the workshop experience. Materials will only be used with the consent of the participants.


Sarita Khurana, Coordinator (in English)

Lucila Moctezuma, Coordinator (en Español)

Jesus Pimentel Melo, FONCA grantee & Coordinator (en Español)