Director’s Lab in Amsterdam

We look back on a very successful Director’s Lab, that took place in Amsterdam during the Imagine Film Festival. In three long and intense days, from 17 to 21 April, the 16 participants took part in a busy programme. A large part of the lab was dedicated to script development, through one-on-one sessions with script advisors Chris Mitchell and Atso Pärnänen, and through exchange sessions between the participants in which they discussed each others projects.

In addition to the work on the screenplays, there were inspiring talks from producer Brendan McCarthy, VFX specialist Dennis Kleyn and VR producer Corine Meijers. Director Alexandre Philippe presented a case study of his Sundance selected documentery 78/52 and Brimstone director Martin Koolhoven hosted a mentoring session with the directors.

After their daytime programme, participants also attended public events of the Imagine Film Festival, including masterclasses by Luca Nemolato and Oscar winning costume designer Lindy Hemming, and a career talk by Italian horror legend Dario Argento. At the Imagine Fantastic Mixer on the last day, participants met the Dutch industry and enjoyed some well deserved drinks.

The lab brought together eight projects with great potential and linked the makers to top quality professionals. The feedback from all parties has been great and the teams are preparing themselves for the next stage – the Producer’s Lab in July!