TorinoFilmLab (TFL) was established in 2008 and is a year-round laboratory for emerging talents from all over the world: scriptwriters, directors, producers, cross-platform authors, audience designers and other film and media professionals. The programme is headed by director Savina Neirotti and has its offices in Torino/Italy -with most of my TFL-colleagues living and working all around Europe.
The main support activities of TorinoFilmLab are:
Training of Film Professionals
– and most recently, Distribution Support.
I started working for Script&Pitch Workshops in 2007 and took part in developing the extended and new TFL-format, introducing TorinoFilmLab in Cannes in 2008. I later became Head of Studies for the TFL FrameWork programme and continued developing the Story Editor Trainee part of Script&Pitch. I had a decisive role in developing the Writers’ Room (transmedia development) and Audience Design programmes, among others in collaboration with Power to the Pixel, continuing to become Head of Studies of both in 2013/2014.
In 2013, I left FrameWork and became involved in the most recent TFL-format, the AdaptLab programme, as crossmedia trainer and book-scout, as well as funding and hosting the 2nd workshop in Copenhagen/Denmark (in partnership with Wanting Film & Media) for the 2013-edition of AdaptLab – having, among others, the awarded British screenwriter Tony Grisoni as guest (known for i.e. the Red Riding Trilogy, Southcliffe and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas).
During 2015 I will focus mainly on the Audience Design programme in close collaboration with my co-head of studies and co-tutor, Berlin-based Lena Thiele. The AD-programme enters its 5th edition this year and expands its scope significantly – including 3 workshops, a conference, and selecting 6 audience design participants, who will focus on the 4 projects awarded by the new TFL Distribution Fund; the selected projects will attend with teams of up to 2.
I have co-edited TFL’s Book of Projects, the essential ‘companion’ to our annual Meeting Event in November, since the first edition and have also edited our previously printed, now digital, publication, Insights, since its inception in 2007/2008. Additionally, I continue to research and develop new workshop ideas and formats.