Cine Qua Non Lab is pleased to announce its call for applicants for Storylines, a new program that focuses on early story development for narrative feature films.

Storylines is a residential lab designed for narrative feature film projects from early concept to treatment stage. The lab aims to give independent filmmakers from around the world the opportunity to work intensively on the creative development of their projects in an environment structured to foster professional collaboration and high-quality project development.

The lab will take place in Tzintzuntzan, a small town in the state of Michoacán, Mexico, approximately 50 km from the city of Morelia.  The workshop, writing, and living spaces are tucked amidst the beauty of the Sierra Madre mountains, overlooking Lake Pátzcuaro, a quiet natural retreat.

The lab will have two editions: one in English and another one in Spanish.  The Storylines Lab in English will be held from May 15th through May 21st, 2020.  The Storylines Lab in Spanish will be held from May 24th through May 30th, 2020.  The deadline for submitting applications is March 6th, 2020.

Cine Qua Non Lab is a recipient of the prestigious FilmCraft grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Academy grant will help Cine Qua Non Lab fulfill its mission of supporting independent film by strengthening the power of diverse storytellers and helping them envision and develop their work.

Films developed in Cine Qua Non Lab workshops have been selected for prestigious film festivals worldwide, such as Cannes, Toronto, Berlin, Tribeca or Sundance, among many others, and have garnered numerous awards and recognition.

About Cine Qua Non Lab

Cine Qua Non Lab is a nonprofit organization based in Morelia, Mexico, and New York City, founded in 2010 with the mission of supporting independent cinema by providing a space for filmmakers to envision and develop their work.  Cine Qua Non Lab focuses on storytelling and holds residential workshops in English and Spanish in Tzintzuntzan, a small town in the state of Michoacán, Mexico, in a quiet natural retreat overlooking Lake Pátzcuaro, giving independent filmmakers from around the world the opportunity to work intensively on their feature-length narrative scripts.