Story Lab – Series

Develop animated series for television and streaming

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Designed for producers and their creative teams to work hands-on together with industry professionals as mentors developing their animated series.

Catch problems early and fix your project on the fly together – directors, screenwriters, storyboard artists, illustrators and designers. Establish your collaborative workflows and team culture in real practice.

On completion of the lab you will

  • develop the very heart of your story, characters profiles, and visualize key story elements (story beats).
  • enhance your team-development processes and workflow
  • enhance your skills as storytellers and producers
  • gain valuable feedback from our board of experts and professionals through sales and distribution
  • get a stamp of credibility for your project in the eyes of potential co-producers

16 - 27. 8. 2021
5 projects
10 days
beginner to advance experience
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

How it works

The residential lab is based on the teamwork of small groups of participants who bring their own project to work on. Each team will be led by an internationally seasoned supervisor, and will also include lectures and one-on-one consultations.

Prior to the residential lab, online consultation with the mentor will take place via a Skype session. This is to ensure a mentors is familiar with your project and that you receive a series of questions and feedback before you join the lab.

After the residential workshops, your project will be presented for feedback to our international panel of experts composed of script doctors, authors and screenwriters. 

Lab includes

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

Topics covered

  • Story and narrative
  • Plot
  • Dialogue
  • Subtext
  • World building
  • Subtext!
  • Theme
  • Short form exercises
  • Long form exercises
  • Table writing/room writing
  • Lone writing
  • Episodic story engines and tv structure
  • Film structure (many subdivisions)
  • Script analysis (feature)

Who is it for

Teams of writers and/or directors, storyboard artists and producers (max. 3 participants per team) with projects of animated series for TV a digital streaming.

Selection criteria

  • Own project
    Participants’ involvement is conditional on their having a project of their own
  • Motivational letter
    Emphasis on career motivation and vision for the submitted project
  • Creative team
    Teams of at least 2 or 3 members/story artists will receive priority
  • Participation in both Story & Art labs
    Projects, which join the Story lab and at least one other art lab are preferred.

Selection process

Project submitted

Reservation is binding, but you won’t pay at this moment

Call deadline

At this moment, the selection of submitted projects begins

Invitation & Billing

If we select your project you will receive an invitation letter with billing info.

Fees and funding

1 800 EUR per participant


  • Producers are free of charge
  • Minimum of 2 participants, max. 3 participants in creative team, possible to pay in installments.
  • We advise participants to apply for scholarships for participation fees and/or travel costs in their countries, as many public film funding bodies are usually supporting such training costs.
  • The fee covers the fee of the course. The fee does NOT include accommodation, board and tuition during workshops and travel.
  • Approximate living costs during your stay in the Czech Republic:
    • Accommodation at the venue: 25 EUR / night
    • Breakfast at the hotel – 5 EUR
    • Restaurant meal between 5 – 10 EUR
    • Grocery in general – 50 EUR per person a week

Funding for Czech employees and freelancers

Czech Labour Office (Úřad práce) offers to cover up to 85% of the course fee within the so-called POVEZ II project (Support of Vocational Training for Employees II). See the details and conditions here.

Cancellation Policy

The fee of 30% off the course price applies when canceling 45 days before the start of the course into which one gets accepted.

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