Story Lab

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6. - 17. 7. 2020
10 days
5 projects
beginner to advance experience
Litomyšl, Czech Republic

You will collaborate on developing your animated short or feature film with a seasoned veteran of the animation industry, Robert Lence, having 20 years of experience from Disney, PIXAR Animation Studios, Dreamworks and others, who will act as supervisor.

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.

Robert Lence

Disney, DreamWorks, Pixar
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Lab includes

  • Storytelling lectures by an accomplished animation professional Robert Lence (Disney/Pixar, DreamWorks)
  • 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…)

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 recognized and experienced supervisor, Robert Lence, 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, upon request.

Prior to the residential lab, online consultation with Robert will take place via a Skype session. This is to ensure Robert 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 a three-member international expert panel composed of producers and distributors.


The capacity of the lab is a maximum of 6 projects.

For each project, we invite 2 – 3 member teams of author and director. We recommend a team also consists of a storyboard artist, who is essential for the visual development of your story.

Selection criteria

  • 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 (either Character Design Lab or Concept Art Lab)

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.