Meet the participants in the English edition and the Spanish edition of our 2021 Storylines Lab!

Cinq Qua Non Lab

About the lab

Storylines is an online lab designed for narrative feature film projects from early concept to treatment stage. The lab has a duration of ten days, with a two-day follow-up session, and has two editions: one in English and one in Spanish.

Storylines 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 is facilitated by a professional in the field with long-standing experience. In addition to the guidance provided by the facilitator through workshop sessions and one-on-one meetings, 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.

By the end of the lab, participants will have created a portfolio of:

  • Short treatment/Main story points
  • Character profiles
  • Synopsis



Storylines is held online and has two editions: one in English and one in Spanish.

The Spanish edition will be held from April 10th through April 19th, 2021, with a two-day follow-up session in July 2021.

The English edition will be held from May 22nd through May 31st, 2021, with a two-day follow-up session in July 2021.


Application deadline

Sunday, February 28th, 2021.



Professional writers or writer/directors developing a narrative feature film are eligible to apply. Only one person per project will be accepted to the lab. This lab is also open to former Cine Qua Non Lab participants who are interested in workshopping a new project, as well as to seasoned professionals.

Application materials

  • Online application
  • A synopsis of the story (up to three pages)
  • A current résumé or CV



There is a non-refundable application fee of 25 USD.

Cine Qua Non Lab covers 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 1,500 USD fee for attending the lab.

The participation 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.


All applicants accepted to the lab will be offered a grant towards their participation and will be charged only 1,000 USD.


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 by April 1st, 2021 (Spanish edition) and May 10th, 2021 (English edition).

For further information, please address inquiries to