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

Stowe Story Labs at EFM

Stowe Story Labs at EFM

Stowe Story Labs is proud to support these top emerging filmmakers as they take steps to advance their work at the world's premier international film market.

Stowe Story Labs helps top emerging screenwriters, filmmakers and creative producers get work made and seen.


Danielle Karagannis
(LA, (631) 258-4042)
We invited LA-based screenwriter and filmmaker Danielle Karagannis to our fall lab with her feature script INSOMNIA! (a Dazed and Confused meets Superbad). An ensemble comedy inspired by her time employed at the iconic Amoeba Music in Hollywood, INSOMNIA! provides hilarious perspective toward working in such an unconventional, zany record store. We fell in love with her project and are pleased to be supporting her effort to develop the project and find meaningful collaborators (which much exciting momentum to start). You can watch Danielle's previous film, GIRL, here.

Nikhil Kamkolkar (NY,
We met Nikhil when he brought his dystopian love story ASSASSIN JANE to Stowe. Nikhil comes to Berlin with many stories to tell: "I've written and directed a romantic comedy feature film currently available on amazon (INDIAN COWBOY). I have studied feature film and TV screenwriting in the UCLA Professional Program. I work as a digital product manager in my day job, with over a decade of digital experience at MTV/Nickelodeon and currently at First Look Media, where I recently launched an ambitious original storytelling platform -" It is worth having a conversation with this talented writer and filmmaker.

Ninon Schubert
(Germany and Ireland, 162 6922462)
We have wanted to work with Ninon for many years, but getting this talented writer to come to Stowe from Germany proved too much. So we are going to Germany. Ninon began writing short stories and poems as a child in Australia. As she moved to France and then Germany, French and German works were added to the mix. A post-graduate degree at the Hamburg University School of Film kicked off her screenwriting career.
She comes to Berlin with a slate of feature projects to explore.

Dagmar Blommaert
(Belgium,,  +44 7846477900)
We were pleased to invite Dagmar to our 2015 Lab, intrigued both by her script and her backstory: "I have experience in Belgian theatre as a production and communication manager, not film unfortunately. I just never went for the career I most wanted. I applied to Stowe because as my fortieth birthday approached I thought it high time to say it out loud: I want to write damn good scripts with strong complicated female characters, without the story turning chicklit or political." Well, she did it, and is now as well staff-writer on iconic Belgian TV serial FAMILIE.

Nicole Kempskie
(NY, 917-822-0227)
Our Fellow, Nicole, has worked extensively in the arts and entertainment industry as a writer, actor, educator, and programmer. Her passion is bringing complex and interesting stories about women to the screen, stage, and community. Nicole came to Stowe with HELEN ON 86TH ST. At it's core, it's about a tween girl's mistaken belief that scoring a key role in her school musical will bring her dad back. And it's much more than it's core.

Brennig Hayden
(UK,  +44 07846477900)
Brennig came to Stowe with a simple tale of the worst possible car jacking in the history of Western Civilization. The gloom of SAVANNAH could not dim the radiance of Brennig. A joy to work with, Brennig makes a living as an AD, but not for long. His scripts are captivating and his stories interesting - and they continue to gain note. 

Emily Lobsenz
(NYC,,  +1 917 450 7958
Emily is an award-winning documentary and narrative filmmaker and an award-winning screenwriter. She came to Stowe on the strength of an epic tale of passion, tragedy and healing set in the Basque Country, ALL THAT FOLLOWS. This brilliant work is just the tip of a creative iceberg. When not writing or making meaningful films, Emily is partnerships coordinator for Film Fatales, plays the cello, speaks Spanish, French and Basque, and is an elite triathlete and long-distance runner.


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We are pleased to have with us in Berlin experienced, talented program mentors:


Alex Boden – Creative Producer: Alex’s production company Pistachio Pictures launched in London in 1999. The goal has always been to work with the most exciting screenwriting and directing talent in the industry and to produce projects with a clear target audience. Recent credits include the Wachowskis’ Netflix Original series Sense8, Cloud Atlas with Tom Hanks and Halle Berry and a journey into Scandinavian noir as Co-Producer on the Intrigo Trilogy. With 500+ festival selections to date, other films include Susan Jacobson’s Fantasporto-winning thriller The Holding and Florian Habicht’s NME Best Music Film winner PULP. A Drama and German Honors graduate (Exeter, UK), Alex is a graduate of Binger Film Lab in Amsterdam and the first ever Berlinale Talent Campus. He enjoys working internationally, regularly collaborating with the USA, Germany, France, Australia and beyond. Fluent in French and German, Alex is the only UK producer member of the German French Film Academy. He is on the boards of organizations including Stowe Story Labs and the Production Guild of Great Britain..


Paul Miller - Creative Producer and Financier: Paul Miller is an independent producer working in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. He is currently based in Amsterdam. Until 2014 Miller was Director of Film Financing at the the Doha Film Institute in Qatar. Miller oversaw an education training programme, a global grants fund and managed a $40M international film financing portfolio. In 2012-2013, Miller produced The Birder’s Guide to Everything, starring Ben Kingsley, and Babygirl, produced with Samson Films and the Irish Film Board. Prior to this Miller produced the documentary, Poor Consuelo Conquers the World, with Les Films d’Ici /ARTE. Miller also Exec-Produced the documentary, The Man Who Drew the Future (2011) with Una Films/ARTE.  From 2002 - 2010 Miller was Head of Film Production at Crossroads Films, where under a first look deal with United Artists/MGM, he produced Snow Angels (2006), written and directed by David Gordon Green and starring Sam Rockwell and Kate Beckisnale, and the Golden Globe nominated, A Love Song For Bobby Long (2004) starring John Travolta and Scarlett Johansson. During this period Miller raised and ran a $3M film and television development fund. Previous films include Prozac Nation (2000), directed by Erik Skjoldbaerg (Insomnia) and starring Chistina Ricci, Jessica Lange and Michelle Williams; John Sayles’ Golden Globe nominated Men with Guns (1997); the Academy Award nominated Lone Star (1996); and The Secret of Roan Inish (1994).  Miller was educated in England and is a graduate of the National Film and Television School in the U.K. He is a member and consultant with Ateliers du Cinéma Européen, (A.C.E.) and a member of the Director’s Guild of America and the Producer’s Guild of America. 


David Pope – Filmmaker and Educator: David is a consultant on training and professional development for the international, independent film industry, a screenwriter and a director. In addition to consulting with Stowe Story Labs, David is the annual consultant / moderator for the Rotterdam Lab at CineMart. David is the director of Advance Films, with whom he has slate of projects as screenwriter and director and is currently in final development with his feature film THE BELONGING. Directing credits include the award winning feature film MILES FROM NOWHERE. Script development and / or training design and delivery clients include: BFI, UK Film Council, BBC, BAFTA, National Theatre, British Council, Creative Europe, Cannes Cinefondation, Warp Films, Allfilm, Wajda School, Edinburgh International Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Polish Film Institute, Media Business School, Cannes Film Festival, Film London, Lionhead Studios, Xingu Films, Irish Film Board, FAS Screen Training Ireland, Filmbase, MEDIA, Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, New Horizons Studio, Estonian Film Institute, London Film Academy and London University amongst many others. David works as well as a script consultant on single projects and slates worldwide, including work with Academy Award and BAFTA nominated producers and screenwriters.


David Rocchio - Founder and President: is an attorney, writer and filmmaker. As a practicing attorney David worked both as a litigator and served as Legal Counsel to Vermont’s Governor Howard Dean, M.D. As an emerging filmmaker, David’s short films THE BROTHERS (Cannes Short Film Corner, ‘Best of Capalbio’ – Italy’s Capalbio International Short Film Festival) and THE MEETING (finalist best screenplay – 2015 Los Angeles Independent Film Awards) screened at film festivals internationally. Working with Stowe Story Labs alumni, David will shoot his next short film, WHERE IS HOME?, in Rome, Italy and New York City in 2018. He has three feature scripts optioned. In 2016, he conceived and co-produced The Gun Shop, a documentary about gun ownership in the US. The Gun Shop screened as part of the UK's Channel 4’s Cutting Edge strand and the first element of a series about guns in America aimed to begin true dialogue (and dialogue starts by listening). David is a nationally certified EMT, a veteran ski patrolman and in addition to screenwriting, writes short fiction and for twenty years has written a column for central Vermont newspapers. He lives with his family (and dog) in Stowe, Vermont.