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

Sidewalk Lab

Stowe Story Labs 4-day Narrative Lab during Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham, Alabama

Stowe Story Labs brings screenwriters, filmmakers, and creative producers together with seasoned industry professionals to help get projects made and seen. Our Sidewalk Lab is a being built in partnership with the team at the Sidewalk Film Festival. Partial Scholarships Available to Select Applicants

Application Season for all 2020 programs opens November 5, 2019. We accept out of season applications for next available program. To apply click here.

This four-day intensive program will introduce writers to key considerations when adapting works for the screen.

Sessions will focus on

  • The narrative elements of structure, theme, and subtext

  • Practical, usable advice on how to talk about story within the industry and to different audiences (financiers, producers, talent, etc.)

  • The story development and production processes

  • Why This Story? - meaning intended audience, size of market, and how to get your film made and seen

The aim of the Lab is to prepare participants to best place themselves and their projects in the film industry.

Mentors are top industry professionals working on all aspects of film and TV projects. For a roster of current Stowe Story Labs mentors, please click here.

This program is suitable for established and emerging screenwriters, filmmakers, and creative producers.

For each Lab we look for applicants who demonstrate talent, an interesting story idea, and a commitment to learning skills necessary to get work made and seen in this complex and collaborative industry.

We will not offer notes on each project during the lab.

To apply, please click here.

The fee to attend the Sidewalk Narrative Lab is $2,450. We are able to offer participants good discounts on rooms during the lab, and we make sure there is plenty of food and drink through the day and evening, so food cost as well is kept to a minimum.


Sidewalk Film Festival Filmmakers Bond

Sidewalk Film Festival Filmmakers Bond

Small Intensive Lab working with top industry mentors

Designed for emerging screenwriters, filmmakers, and creative producers.

Lab Participants will have a Festival VIP badge (which provides access to all Fest weekend films, multiple parties / receptions, VIP lounge, and more) - a $300 value

Sidewalk Film Festival Sidetalk

Sidewalk Film Festival Sidetalk

2018 Stowe Story Labs Participants Gear Up for Panel

2018 Stowe Story Labs Participants Gear Up for Panel

Get to Know Sidewalk:

Stowe Story Labs is proud to partner with the Sidewalk Film Festival, celebrating its 21st year, Sidewalk is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, which hosts the nationally recognized Sidewalk Film Festival and the SHOUT LGBTQ Film Festival and other critical programming to support filmmaking and cinema.

The 21st annual Festival will take place on August 19-25, 2019

The Festival showcases the work of more than 250 filmmakers and welcomes 15,000 film lovers to Birmingham annually. 

Acclaim for Sidewalk:

"Top 50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee" MovieMaker Magazine (2017)

"Top 25 Coolest Film Festival's in the World" MovieMaker Magazine (2015, 2014)

"Top 10 Places for a Fabulous Film Festival" USA Today (2013)

Join Us At Story Lab At the Magic City

Join Us At Story Lab At the Magic City



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