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The Script Station invites ten participants to share their feature-length screenplays with a line-up of internationally acclaimed script consultants. In a tailored combination of group work and one-on-one sessions, each project is dissected, discussed and developed, culminating in a public presentation under the keen eyes of industry players.

Who can apply?

Screenwriters and writer/directors who have written scripts for at least two short films, a feature film or a series that have been officially invited to international festivals or released widely on TV, online or theatrically. The focus of the lab is on developing your story and finding collaborators, rather than on budget, funding and co-production advice. The lab is also open to Berlinale Talents alumni who have not yet taken part in the Script Station.

What kind of project can I submit?

You can apply with a treatment for a feature-length fiction film (60 minutes and more) or a high-quality drama series that comes with an advanced script.

Júlia de Paz enjoying her time on stage at the Script Station Presentation at the EFM.
Júlia de Paz enjoying her time on stage at the Script Station Presentation at the EFM.
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A full house for the Script Station Presentation.
A full house for the Script Station Presentation.
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Together with my mentor Franz Rodenkirchen, I was able to find an ending that I love for the script. I was able to think of a conceptual ending that is perfect for the project. All the contacts, connections and friendships that arose from my stay in Berlin will continue to extend over time.
Participant of the Script Station 2023

Mentors 2024

What's the structure?

The Script Station takes place digitally before the Berlinale. Participants can look forward to two individual mentorship sessions of up to 90 minutes each as well as a number of group meetings These take place online prior to the festival period, during one week in late January or early February. During the Berlinale, the Script Station participants attend the six-day onsite Berlinale Talents Summit, with its programme of public talks, workshops and networking opportunities. During the Summit, they also have one session with a trainer to prepare to present their projects to industry professionals at the European Film Market.

What can I expect?

This is an opportunity to sharpen your project based on advice from industry professionals, the tutorship of dedicated mentors and feedback from fellow Talents alike. In comparision to other labs in the industry, our Script Station is a rather compact and therefore very intensive experience, aimed at making you discover key insights on where and how to move your project forward, and to find new collaborators for the upcoming parts of that journey.  

How do I apply?

Access to the additional application for the Script Station is available once you apply for Berlinale Talents as a screenwriter or director. Be sure to allow enough time to complete both applications. Alumni should apply through their existing online profiles. Any questions? Consult our How to Apply page, or you can contact us at talents@berlinale.de or +49 30 25920 515.

The 2023 Script Station participants after their presentations, with Head of Script Station Linda Kirmse and mentors Gyula Gazdag, Naomi Levari, Gabriele Brunnenmeyer and Selina Ukwuoma.
The 2023 Script Station participants after their presentations, with Head of Script Station Linda Kirmse and mentors Gyula Gazdag, Naomi Levari, Gabriele Brunnenmeyer and Selina Ukwuoma.

Partners

The Script Station is supported by the German Federal Filmboard (FFA).

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Script Station 2024