"We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect."
Anais Nin

The script is the ‘arena’ where ideas get processed, characters are designed and shaped, the story details and events are imagined, and the environment for personages to manifest themselves is created: With all their psychological, emotional and social layers. An important part is played by the ending which, in its aim to serve a turning point to the story, surprise the viewers or make them contemplate about what they have just witnessed, is supposed to reveal the layers of meanings and ‘score’ the main emotion of the film. This is why the script is so important: It will dictate the rank achieved by the subject of the film on the scale of its maximum potential. The script is the first element that can elevate or degrade a film. 

The retreat gives independent filmmakers from around the world the opportunity to work intensively on their feature-length narrative scripts or their Tv Pilots in an environment structured to foster collaboration and high quality script development. The retreat consists of a three week residential workshop and one on one mentorships. The lab is facilitated by professionals in the field with long-standing experience. In additional to the script guidance provided by the facilitators through workshop sessions and one-one-one meetings, as well as additional professional advice by guest speakers, participants have plenty of time for writing. The participant’s projects get workshopped by other International Filmmakers and Screenwriters and are a part of a community of other like-minded artists in a naturally beautiful, protected and inspiring environment.


8:30 am      breakfast

9:00 am      workshop and group discussion

12:00 pm      lunch

Afternoon     Free writing. One on one feedback sessions on request.

7:30 pm      dinner


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