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Stowe Story Labs exists to help emerging screenwriters, filmmakers and creative producers get work made and seen.


Helen Day Art Center and Stowe Story Labs Offer Vermonter Fellowship to Fall Stowe Story Labs

shan palmer

The Helen Day Art Center, a non-profit contemporary arts organization, and Stowe Story Labs, a non-profit which runs workshops, mentoring and retreats for emerging screenwriters, filmmakers, and creative producers, are pleased to partner on a “Vermonter Fellowship” to the 2017 Stowe Story Lab. The 5th Annual Fall Lab will be held September 9 - 12, 2017, at the Helen Day Art Center in the village of Stowe, Vermont.

“The Art Center has had the pleasure of working with Stowe Story Labs for the past five years, and I am excited to deepen the relationship with this fellowship,” said Helen Day Art Center Executive Director Rachel Moore. “Emerging talents and top film professionals come to the labs from around the world each year. Making sure a Vermonter has the chance to be a part of the process is important to our mission,” she said.

Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming Fall Lab. 

“The Fall Lab is a fantastic opportunity for participants to learn about the industry from a project-centric approach,” said Stowe Story Labs President David Rocchio. "The insights, relationships with top talents from around the world and the direct, actionable feedback participants receive is invaluable,” he said. Top Industry mentors take participants through all the various elements of story, such as theme, character, structure and dialogue. They also cover and conduct exercises on how to talk about story within the industry; how to package a project; the art of collaboration required to make a film; and the elements of production, sale and distribution.

The Vermonter Fellowship covers fees to attend the labs and most meals, as well as other benefits. Lodging in Stowe is provided through our lodging partners, who offer steep discounts. The value of the Fellowship is approximately $2,000. Read more about the Vermonter and other fellowships here.

Now in its Fifth Year, you can read testimonials about the program here. Lincoln Hayes, our 2016 Vermont Fellow, had this to say about the experience:

Being part of the Labs is a highlight of my time living in Vermont. To be around so many talented writers and creators was exhilarating! The mentors were insightful, inspiring, and wonderfully down-to-earth. I couldn't believe I was in the same room with such industry rockstars! All the participants’ work was incredible as well; I loved listening to their pitches. Seeing everyone light up as they spoke about their work was inspiring. I've maintained relationships from the Labs, and am actually working on two of their projects this year as an actor! I would attend the Labs again in a heartbeat. Do not miss your chance!