REwriteIT - Feature ScriptLab presented by BNP Paribas Fortis

After the success of the CineSud ScriptLab 2019, 2020 and 2021, CineSud and Film Festival Ostend are partnering in 2022 to present a new, cross-border ScriptLab for first or second feature film scripts: REwriteIT.

If you have written one or more (realized) short films and are currently working on your first or second feature film idea, then you are most welcome for this intensive Lab that will take place from January 30, 2023 to November 30, 2023. Besides two residencies during the Ostend Film Festival in Ostend (Belgium) and the SHIFT Film Festival in Roermond (Netherlands), the program consists of online coaching sessions. Participation is open to two filmmakers from the Netherlands and two from Belgium.

REwriteIT: Feature ScriptLab is an 11-month development program for screenwriters working on their first or second feature film. The starting point of REwriteIT are (mini)treatments and during the Lab we work towards a first or second version of a complete screenplay. After the first residency, a personal development plan is discussed with each participant. The Lab includes two multi-day residencies with Writers Rooms, master classes, improvisation sessions with actors and coaching sessions in Ostend (Belgium) and Roermond (the Netherlands). Online sessions with the coaches will take place between the two residencies. The coaches and program of this first REwriteIT edition will be announced soon.


Residency 1 (Ostend Film Festival)

  • January 30 - February 4: Story, synopsis, structure, treatment

  • April 13 - 16: Online Session 1 - Treatment
  • June 14 - 18: Online Session 2 - Scene by scene-breakdown

Residency Session 2 (Roermond) 

  • September 13 - 17: First draft screenpla
  • November 25 & 26: Online Session 3 - Second draft scenario

A more detailed program overview follows.

"High value coaching and feedback opportunities like this are invaluable to kickstart your career."

Jack Goessens

Will you be one of the first participants for REwriteIT - Feature ScriptLab?

Applications should be submitted in Dutch. Participation is open to filmmakers from the Netherlands and Dutch-speaking Belgium. The four selected plans will be announced on Wednesday, January 11, 2023. The cost for participation in the Lab is €1,500 (excluding VAT). Part of the participation fee may be reimbursed by your national or regional film fund, please inquire about the possibilities. For previous editions of the CineSud ScriptLab this was for example possible through the Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds (VAF) and Limburg Film Fonds.

Registration for the REwriteIT 2023 is possible until Sunday, December 18, 2022, 11.59 p.m. at the latest, spoken language is Dutch.

BNP Paribas Fortis

BNP Paribas Fortis is a proud partner of CineSud ScriptLab.