Lab details

You will collaborate on developing your animated film or series with a seasoned veteran of the animation industry in the form of the director of the film The Boxtrolls, Anthony Stacchi (tbc) of the LAIKA studio, who will act as supervisor (tbc).

The aim of the Story Lab is to introduce producers and their creative teams to the process of story development by drawing on the practice and experience of the invited guest. The Story Lab is designed for seven creative teams of two–three artists.

The creative teams will be able to further develop their projects with the Character Design Lab.

Lab includes

  • Storytelling lectures by an accomplished animation professional
  • Professional supervision and consulting of your projects
  • Team collaboration with the supervisor
  • Storyboard student available to each team
  • Follow up online project consulting with a supervisor after the residential lab
  • Follow up presentation to an international expert panel (distributors, producers…)


The residential workshop is based on team work of small groups of participants. Each will be led by an internationally recognised and experienced supervisor and will also include lectures and one-on-one consultations with the guest supervisor.

Teams will have a storyboarding student available to help with boarding story ideas.

Following the residential workshops online consultation with the supervisor will take place as required.

After the residential workshops and subsequent consultations with the supervisor, projects will be presented for feedback to a three-member international expert panel composed of producers and distributors.


Capacity of the lab is maximum of 7 projects. For each project we invite 2 – 3 member teams.



  • Portfolio – expertise and experience in the field
  • Priority given to animation artists
  • Motivational letter
    Emphasis on career motivation and vision
  • Own project
    Participants’ involvement is conditional on their having a project of their own
  • Own creative team
    Teams of at least 2 or 3 members/story artists will receive priority
  • Participation in both Story & Art labs

BIF 16 – The Art of Storytelling, Anthony Stacchi, Director, LAIKA

SUMMER 2017 with Mike Cachuela (PIXAR, LAIKA, DW)

The Act of Sharing in Story Development

SUMMER 2016 with John Nevarez (PIXAR, SONY)

Quick look behind the scenes of ANOMALIA 2016 STORY LAB

ANOMALIA as a safety bubble

John Nevarez sharing his perspective on our story work in progress

Účast českých tvůrců ve STORY LABu

Interested in the lab?

Don’t miss your chance. Registration deadline 30 April!

  • Duration
    23rd July – 3rd August 2018 (10 days).
  • Mentor
    Jim Cappobianco, tbc
  • Skill level
    all levels
  • Price

    Team of 3
    580 EUR / 15 000 CZK per individual

    Team of 2
    865 EUR / 22 500 CZK per individual

    Price includes 21% VAT. In case of EUR/CZK exchange rate should change, the fee in EUR is derived from CZK currency.


Jim Cappobianco


Anthony Stacchi (tbc)

co-director of LAIKA’s 2014 hit feature film The Boxtrolls, joined the studio in 2007 from Sony Pictures Animation after co-directing the CG hit Open Season. Before Sony, he worked as a Head of Story, Storyboard Artist and Animator at PDI/DreamWorks, Industrial Light and Magic and Skellington Productions on projects including Antz, Spirit, James and the Giant Peach, Frankenstein and Curious George.  The Boxtrolls received multiple awards and nominations, including Oscar®, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and PGA nominations for Outstanding Animated Feature Film.  The film won two Annies® (Production Design and Best Achievement in Voice Acting for Ben Kingsley) and was honored with 11 Annie nominations. A graduate of the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Tony began his career as a Commercial Director at Colossal Pictures as a Character and Effects Animator on Aeon Flux, The Rocketeer, Hook and Back to the Future, among others.

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