m2 Film Lab is a sectoral development platform that provides project development, screenwriting and production mentorship to filmmakers in Turkey.
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m2 Film Development Program 2023
m2 Film Lab will now provide support to filmmakers throughout the year. Applications for the August 2023-May 2024 period have started. Click here for detailed information and to apply.
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m2 Film Development Program 2023
m2 Film Development Program, in collaboration with the Global Media Makers (GMM) program by Film Independent in America and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State, will allow filmmakers working on their first or second feature-length film to develop their projects for one year through face-to-face script development workshops, one-on-one mentoring sessions and online film talks.
Selected project teams will conduct an intensive script development workshop with GMM mentors Ruth Atkinson and Neal Dhand, and Turkish scriptwriter-director Ali Vatansever, both as a group and individually. The August session of the event will take place face-to-face in Istanbul for five days. Project owners selected within the program will continue to receive mentoring on script development, production, distribution, and marketing until May 2024. They will have the opportunity to develop both themselves and their projects in harmony with the industry by participating in physical meetings, online masterclasses and case studies.
2023 Important Dates
March 13 – Call for Film Projects
May 19 – Deadline for Submissions
June 12 – Announcement of the Selected Projects
July 10 – Deadline for English Materials Submissions
August 10-14 – m2 Script Development Workshop
Who can apply to the workshop?
First or second feature-length fiction film projects from Turkey, that are in development phase can apply.
Is it a paid event?
Participation is free of charge.
Will the event be entirely face-to-face?
The film development program will start with a five-day face-to-face script development workshop in August. The events that will be held in the following months will continue either physically and/or online. A detailed program schedule will be shared with the participants.
Is the event open to everyone?
The script / film development workshop ‘s only open to selected project teams. When the dates for cinema talks and case studies are approaching, free registration will be available. Please stay tuned.
Can I apply with more than one project?
Scriptwriters and directors can apply with only one project, while producers can apply with more than one project.
How many projects will be selected?
A maximum of 9 projects among the applications will be selected for the workshop.
What is the event language?
All events will be conducted in English.
Will my English be enough?
In order to get maximum benefit from the workshop, at least one person from the participating teams should be able to express themselves comfortably in English. There are no translators in m2 Workshops.
How are applications evaluated?
Applications will be evaluated by an independent jury of industry professionals. The m2 team can attend the jury meetings and express their opinions.
Do I need to submit a treatment or a screenplay during the application?
You need to submit a treatment between 8-12 pages or a script. The script mentoring sessions during the script development workshop in August will be held based on the text you have submitted during the application.
I live outside of Istanbul. If my project is selected, will you provide accommodation support?
The selected project owners are responsible for meeting the accommodation costs themselves.