THE PRODUCING LAB helps further the careers of its Students by introducing them to film professionals who can advise them on both the craft and business of independent producing. In addition to attending lab sessions with legal, financial and production expertise, each Producing Lab Student will be paired with an experienced Creative Advisor with whom they’ll work to develop their project over the course of the program. Taking place during the course of two weeks, the Lab culminates with a pitch session with established executives, offering participants valuable practical experience and the chance to introduce their projects to a larger cross-section of the industry.

An intensive, two week-long program designed to help creative, independent producers develop their skills.” – Marc Ford

Producers may apply with feature length narrative projects that are in active development. Through the Lab, Students develop strategies and action plans to bring their projects to fruition.

For more information on the application deadline please visit our applications page.


The Producing Lab is open to any producer formally attached to a full-length, fiction feature film with a completed script in place. Applicants must control the rights to the project with which they apply. Projects do not need financing in place at the time of application. However, each application must demonstrate serious attention to the film’s budget and articulate the reasoning behind the budget level. Producing partners are welcome to apply as teams and need only submit a single application. International applicants are welcome to apply. Documentary, short film, and new media projects are not eligible to apply.


Applicants must submit the following materials for consideration:

  • A cover letter explaining your interest in the Producing Lab (500 words max)
  • An artist statement detailing why you are attached to produce (500 words max)
  • One complete, feature-length screenplay
  • A logline and synopsis
  • Project status and history (500 words max)
  • Budget top sheet and finance plan

Applicants must be the original author and owner of the Project they submit. Applications submitted via email will not be considered.


Online / Zoom
Real-time video-conference
Tuition: €400

Tuition: €100 / Hour
Explore One-On-One Options

Tuition: €450


Tipstor® Membership is not required when applying to the Producing Lab.

Applicants who are accepted to participate in the program should plan to be in Lisbon or on Zoom for the duration of the Lab. Tipstor® is unable to subsidize any travel, lodging and/or visa expenses for any participants attending from outside of Lisbon. Participants are expected to attend all sessions.