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About the CfP Programme

Cinekid Directors LAB

Cinekid Directors LAB is a vital coaching programme for directors with a dynamic children's film project in advanced development.

During Cinekid Directors LAB, an international group of acclaimed directors will focus on the final steps necessary prior to pre-production, coupled with the special and specific skills required for working with children. Above all the program offers hands-on tailor-made coaching. This LAB is a logical next step for projects developed within Cinekid Script LAB or former participants of the Junior Co-production Market.

Points of focus are:

  • Preparing directors for the shooting script.
  • Defining and underlining the individual director’s voice and style.
  • Discovering the maximum potential of a scene.
  • Directing actors - how to shift the focus to directing the character (not the actor) while guiding the actor through the very specific world of the film.
  • Casting and directing child actors - how to establish a relationship of trust with the kid(s), and how to immerse yourself into the world of children, encouraging and guiding each child to develop their character through total engagement with their imagination.

Who Can Apply?

Cinekid Directors LAB is open to all directors attached to a feature-length film or television project aimed at children and written from their perspective. The project should be heading toward production, and a producer should be attached. Priority is with projects developed within Cinekid Script LAB or former participants of the Junior Co-production Market.

How to Apply
Submissions for the next edition will open in September.

  • A complete or steady draft of the feature-length screenplay.
  • A logline and synopsis.
  • A motivational letter addressing your interest in the programme and what you hope to gain by participating in Cinekid Directors LAB.
  • An artistic statement describing your vision for the film.
  • Project status and history.
  • A link to previously directed work.

The fourth edition of Cinekid Directors LAB will take place in April 2024.

For questions, kindly contact

Previously selected projects for Cinekid Directors LAB can be found below.

Participants Cinekid Directors LAB 2022

Be careful what you wish for (Vuxna Barn)
Director: Gustaf Åkerblom
Producers: Isabel Nylund
Production company: SF Studios (SE)

I accidentally wrote a book (Véletlenül írtam egy könyvet)
Director: Nora Lakos
Producer: Claudia Sümeghy, Nora Lakos
Production companies: JUNO11 Pictures (HU), Squirrel Film Production (HU)
Co-production company: BIND (NL)

The Man Who Hated Children (Maðurinn sem hataði börn)
Director: Gunnar Björn Guðmundsson
Producer: Julius Kemp, Ingvar Thordarson
Production company: The Icelandic Film Company (IC)
Nominated by: Icelandic Film Centre

Ravengirl (Ravnejenta)
Director: Christian Lo
Producer: Nicholas Sando
Production company: Filmbin AS (NO)
Nominated by: Norwegian Film Institute

Tamar (Tamar)
Director: Dorothée van den Berghe
Producer: Bo De Group, Hans Everaert
Production company: Menuetto (BE)

Your Mother (working title) (Je Moeder)
Director: Zara Dwinger
Producer: Layla Meijman, Maarten van der Ven
Production company: Studio Ruba (NL)
Co-production company: SHIPsBOY (PL)
Nominated by: Netherlands Film Fund

Participants Cinekid Directors LAB 2021

Bille and Zottel
Director: Eileen Byrne
Countries of production: Germany, Luxembourg
Production company: Paul Thiltges Distribution

Director: Guro Ekornholmen
Countries of production: Norway
Nominated by: Norwegian Film Institute

Director: Camiel Schouwenaar
Countries of production: Netherlands
Production company: Rinkel Film
Nominated by: Netherlands Film Fund

Sea Sparkle
Director: Domien Huyghe
Countries of production: Belgium
Production company: A Private View

Vera and the Third Stone
Director: Bragi Thor Hinriksson
Countries of production: Iceland
Nominated by: Icelandic Film Centre