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


Applications Being Accepted for Vermonter Fellowship: Fall Lab and One Year Ongoing Mentoring

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The Vermont Community Foundation, The Alchemist Brewery and Stowe Story Labs are pleased to announce the Vermonter Fellowship to the 6th Annual Stowe Story Labs, which will be held September 8 – 11 at the Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, Vermont.

The year-long fellowship includes full tuition for the September 2018 Narrative Lab, a year of ongoing mentoring with a Stowe Story Labs mentor, a travel stipend, and other benefits, including a copy of Final Draft 10 screenwriting software and StoryBoard Quick storyboarding software.

The goal of the Vermonter Fellowship is to identify an exceptional Vermont applicant with a compelling story idea – regardless of prior experience or education in film or TV – and create an opportunity for the Fellow to meaningfully advance their work and enter the dynamic international, independent film and TV industry. The program is for film or TV narrative projects.

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“We are excited to partner with Stowe Story Labs and the Alchemist Brewery to offer this remarkable opportunity. Vermont is rich in the art of storytelling, and we hope this fellowship offers the chance to develop the skills and knowledge to build a career telling the stories that connect people to that legacy,” said Dan Smith, President and CEO of the Vermont Community Foundation.


“The Alchemist is proud to support Stowe Story Labs and the Vermont Fellow Program,” said the Alchemist’s Jen Kimmich. “David Rocchio has created a unique and powerful program that supports Vermonters by giving them the tools they need to elevate their voices and share their stories,” she said.

The Labs bring talented emerging screenwriters from around the world together with top industry professionals to focus on story, production and packaging of their feature films and television projects.

“We are thrilled to offer this fellowship,” said David Rocchio, founder and president of Stowe Story Labs. “Introducing Vermonters to the international film and TV industry is a critical part of our mission. Giving all Vermonters access and the tools they need to achieve their personal vision, whether in this industry or any one of a million others, is critical. We are excited to be part of the Vermont Community Foundation’s and the Alchemist’s efforts to support Vermonters in this way,” he said.

Lincoln Hayes, the 2016 Stowe Story Labs Vermonter Fellow, said of being at the Labs, “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 some of the projects as an actor! I would attend the Labs again in a heartbeat. Do not miss your chance!”

In addition to the Vermonter Fellowship, Stowe Story Labs offers twelve fellowships to the labs. Fellowships are listed here.

Now in its 6th year, the labs draw people from throughout the US and the world (including (so far) Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, New Zealand and U.K.).

Stowe Story Labs mentors are top-industry professionals, including Academy-Award Nominated Screenwriter David Magee (FINDING NEVERLAND, LIFE OF PI, MARY POPPINS RETURNS), Academy-Award Nominated Creative Producer and Director of the Tribeca Film Institute Amy Hobby (SECRETARY, WHERE IS MISS SIMONE?), storied Casting Director Ellen Parks (SECRETARY, SIDEWAYS), and award-winning UK-based Creative Producer Alex Boden (CLOUD ATLAS, SENSE8). Stowe Story Labs mentors are listed here.

In addition to the fall lab, Stowe Story Labs offers invitation only writers’ retreats, ongoing one-on-one mentoring, fiscal agency, and film market experiences.

The Fall Lab is the only element of the program with an open call for admissions. Applications to the Fall 2018 Lab are now being accepted. The application is here: (There is no separate fellowship application. All Vermonters applying to the Labs will be considered for the fellowship and can use discount coupon VERMONT for 15% off the application fee.) Early bird deadline is April 14; Regular Deadline is April 30. Anyone interested in the labs or the fellowship can find information at or by emailing

 About Stowe Story Labs:

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The 501(c)(3) nonprofit Stowe Story Labs runs labs, retreats, ongoing mentoring programs, film and TV market experiences, and other programming for top emerging screenwriters, filmmakers and creative producers from around the world.

The mission of the Labs is help top emerging talents get good work made and seen and through that to bend the world a bit through story. For more information about Stowe Story Labs please visit or email

About the Vermont Community Foundation:

The Vermont Community Foundation inspires giving and brings people and resources together to make a difference in Vermont. We are a family of hundreds of funds and foundations created by Vermonters to serve their charitable goals. The Community Foundation provides the advice, investment vehicles, and back-office expertise to make giving easy and inspiring, while also responding to community needs, mobilizing and connecting philanthropists to multiply their impact, and keeping Vermont’s nonprofit sector strong with grants and other investments in the community. Visit or call 802-388-3355 for more information.

About The Alchemist Brewery:

The Alchemist, of Waterbury and Stowe, is a family owned and operated craft brewery specializing fresh, unfiltered IPA. The Alchemist is committed to a healthy and clean environment, strong communities and the highest-quality craft beer.

About the Helen Day Art Center


Helen Day Art Center is a 501c3 organization that was established in 1981 to “enhance the human experience through the visual arts.” The Center pursues its mission through programming that asserts the value of art and engages its audience as visitors, volunteers, creators, and patrons. The Art Center is the primary fine arts contemporary resource for children and families in Lamoille County and the surrounding region. For additional information visit or call 802-253-8358


 This postcard was designed by Stowe Story Labs alum Jen West. Words are from scripts written by other lab participants. To learn more, click here.