Cinq Qua Non Lab

About the lab

The Script Revision Lab in Spanish gives independent filmmakers from around the world the opportunity to work intensively on their feature-length narrative scripts in an environment structured to foster professional collaboration and high-quality script development. The lab consists of a two-week residential workshop and one online follow-up session.

The lab is facilitated by a professional in the field with long-standing experience. In addition to the script guidance provided by the facilitator through workshop sessions and one-on-one meetings, as well as additional professional advice by guest speakers, participants have ample time for writing. The lab offers the participants the opportunity to workshop their projects with other international filmmakers, be part of a community of like-minded artists, and access the Cine Qua Non Lab film professional network, all in a naturally beautiful, protected and inspiring setting.

Dates and location

The next Script Revision Lab in Spanish will be held in October/November 2020 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 online follow-up session will be held in February/March 2021.

Application deadline

The call for applicants will open in June/July 2020.


    • Writers or writer/directors developing a narrative feature film
    • Only completed narrative feature scripts ready for the revision process
    • Co-written scripts are eligible, but only one person per project will be accepted to the lab
    • Proof of ownership/copyright of the script


The lab is held in Spanish. All participants must have a good knowledge of Spanish.

Application materials

  • Online application
  • Synopsis of the story, including the ending (up to three pages)
  • A current résumé or CV
  • The script in its entirety
  • A copy of official registration/ ownership/ copyright of the script


There is a non-refundable application fee of 35 USD.

Cine Qua Non Lab covers with own resources of the organization the bulk of the cost of participation of each applicant accepted to the lab. Participants bear a portion of the total cost and pay a 2,000 USD fee for attending the lab. This fee is required upon acceptance to the lab. In case of cancellation more than 15 days prior to the starting date of the lab, there is a 50% refund of the attendance fee. There is no refund in case of cancellation less than 15 days prior to the starting date. Fees are payable via PayPal.

In addition to the professional script guidance, Cine Qua Non Lab provides accommodations and meals for each participant throughout the residential workshop.

All participants are responsible for their own travel expenses to and from the residency. Participants must also submit proof of medical insurance covering the period of the residential workshop.

Giving back

Participants must give official recognition to Cine Qua Non Lab in the future production of their work, by including an acknowledgement and the Cine Qua Non Lab logo in any published rendition of the script, in the project’s website or when applying for additional development labs and funding for the same project, as well as mentioning Cine Qua Non Lab’s support in any interview or article about their project. In addition, once completed, films that have been supported by Cine Qua Non Lab must indicate that support both in the opening and closing credits, by displaying the Cine Qua Non Lab logo and the caption “Developed with the support of Cine Qua Non Lab”. Participants are also required to give recognition to the lab facilitator with an on-screen credit of script consultant.

Selection process

All applications will be read and evaluated by a jury panel comprised of film professionals. Applicants short-listed by the Selection Committee for consideration in the final round of evaluations may be interviewed by video conference. All applicants will be notified of the final decision of the Selection Committee in the last week of September 2020.