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Screenwriting and Directing Lab @ Fantastic Zagreb Film Festival, Zagreb, August 2022
Script Lab @ Fantastic Zagreb Film Festival, Zagreb, September 2022
Producing Lab @ Imagine Film Festival, Amsterdam, October 2022
Marketing and Packaging Lab @ Black Nights Film Festival, Tallin, November 2022

European Genre Forum is a pan-european project organized by Black Nights Film Festival from Tallinn; Imagine Film Festival from Amsterdam and Fantastic Zagreb Film Festival . The main goal of this international project is to connect young and upcoming European film talents.

The European Genre Forum (EGF) is a training programme that sets to boost the careers of future European players in the genre film industry through four talent labs, packed with trainings, panels mentoring and pitching sessions. The Screenwriting and Directing Lab (Fantastic Zagreb) focuses on script development and other artistic aspects of the projects. The Script Lab (Fantastic Zagreb) is a two-day pressure cooker that follows up on the script development of the first lab. The Producing Lab in October (Imagine Film Festival) is aimed at the business side, with coproduction and legal aspects among its topics. The Marketing and Packaging Lab (Black Nights Film Festival) is focusing on pitching, packaging, marketing and sales.

During these four talent labs, up to eight chosen film projects will be able to discuss their ideas with script consultants, learn about the different aspects of (co-) production, sales and packaging from Industry professionals. Mentoring sessions with established genre filmmakers, crowd funders, legal experts and case studies of recent, successful films complete the programme.

Submissions For European Genre Forum 2022 Are Open!

The European Genre Forum, a one-year training cycle for emerging European genre filmmakers, is sending out its call for submissions. The EGF is a collaboration between the Imagine, Fantastic Zagreb and Black Nights Film Festivals. In 2022, EGF will run four Talent Labs from August to November.

The objective of the European Genre Forum (EGF) is to provide comprehensive cross sector and film life cycle training for professionals working in European fantastic film – a rapidly growing pan-European industry that is still distinctively different from the general film industry. Its unique requirements for creative and fiscal development, production characteristics and distribution and monetizing networks have created a dedicated infrastructure of markets, festivals and – now – training.

The cycle consists of four talent labs in the second half of 2022. Together, the labs will increase the level of the participating projects in every aspect: creatively, financially, legally and in terms of access to the market.

The Screenwriting and Directing Lab takes place in August and is on online event, organized by Fantastic Zagreb. It focuses on script development and other artistic aspects of the projects.

The Script Lab takes place online in September and it a two-day pressure cooker that follows up on the script development of the first lab. Organized by Fantastic Zagreb.

The Producing Lab in October takes place during the Imagine Film Festival in Amsterdam and is aimed at the business side, with coproduction and legal aspects among its topics.

The Marketing and Packaging Lab in November is part of the Industry@Tallinn programme of the Black Nights Film Festival in Tallinn and is focusing on pitching, packaging, marketing and sales.

The EGF training cycle is aimed at European first or second feature film director/producer teams developing a genre film project. Eight projects will be selected and the participants will attend all talent labs.

Deadline for submission is Wednesday 1 June, 2022.

The Rules and Regulations for submission can be found HERE

Please submit your project: HERE

Deadline for submission is Wednesday 1 June, 2022. 

For any question, please contact us at info@europeangenreforum.com