Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Moonstone International will be holding its next Screenwriters’ Lab in England’s Lake District between 15 and 21 November 2004, and its next Filmmakers’ Lab in Connemara, Ireland between 31 January and 14 February 2005. The deadline for the Screenwriters’ Lab applications is 3 September 2004. The deadline for the Filmmakers’ Lab applications is 10 September 2004.

Moonstone International Screen Labs is an advanced development programme for experienced European screenwriters and directors, who are working on feature film projects for an international audience.

The Screenwriters’ Lab is a week-long programme and offers participant screenwriters the opportunity to work on their projects in a series of one-to-one meetings with established screenwriter Advisors.

The Filmmakers’ Lab runs over 15 days, during which time participant directors rehearse, shoot, edit and screen key scenes from their projects, whilst working with professional crews and actors, under the guidance of established filmmaker Advisors.

Advisors on previous Labs include screenwriters Ronan Bennett The Hamburg Cell, Srdjan Dragojevic Pretty Village, Pretty Flame, Troy Kennedy Martin The Italian Job, Radu Mihaileanu Train de vie, Matthew Robbins Sugarland Express, as well as Academy Award winner Callie Khouri Thelma & Louise, Oscar nominees Walter Bernstein The Front, Jeremy Pikser Bulworth and Tom Rickman Coal Miner’s Daughter. Director Advisors include Mira Nair Monsoon Wedding, John Irvin Hamburger Hill, Michael Hoffman A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pat O’Connor Circle of Friends, Oscar nominee Stephen Frears The Grifters and Oscar winner Marleen Gorris Antonia’s Line.

Moonstone International runs three Labs per year: two for screenwriters and one for directors.

Moonstone participants and their projects include Lynne Ramsay Ratcatcher, Hans Petter Moland Aberdeen, Sara Sugarman Very Annie Mary, Luc Pien Forgotten Street, Brian Campbell and Laurence McKeown H3, Maeve Murphy Silent Grace, Liz Gill Goldfish Memory, Shimmy Marcus Headrush, David Gleeson Cowboys & Angels, Hilde Van Meighem The Kiss, Veit Helmer Gate To Heaven, Terry Loane Mickybo & Me and Kenny Glenaan Yasmin.


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Moonstone International was founded in 1997 in consultation with the Sundance Institute, the organisation created by Robert Redford in North America. The Chair of Moonstone’s Artistic Advisory Panel is Michael Caine.

Moonstone’s founding Artistic Director was writer-producer John McGrath. Through his unique energy and creativity, he inspired hundreds of emerging filmmakers from all over Europe. Moonstone is committed to continuing his work in developing independent screenwriters and filmmakers of talent and vision.

Moonstone’s work is funded with the support of the MEDIA Programme of the European Union, FAS Screen Training Ireland, Scottish Screen, SGRIN the Media Agency for Wales and is supported by the Lottery through the FILM COUNCIL’s Training Fund.

Moonstone’s Screenwriters’ Lab sponsors include Final Draft Inc, in Slovenia the Slovenian Film Fund, in Northern Ireland the Northern Ireland Film & Television Commission and in France APCVL.

Moonstone’s Filmmakers’ Lab sponsors include Hubbard Casting, AVID Ireland, VFG Ireland, Tyrell Ireland, Digirent Ireland, Scottish Enterprise and BBC Scotland.

For further information about the Screen Labs please contact:
Joanna Shepherd, Programme Administrator, Moonstone International

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Karen Currie, Marketing and Information, Moonstone International

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