The eQuinoxe Europe International Screenwriters` Workshops

The International Screenwriters´ Workshop is a short-term, seven-day, residential training programme with the aim of helping filmmakers to develop the best possible story and script. Our comprehensive program includes seven-day Screenwriters´ Workshops for writers and producers and a follow-up consultation on the rewrite, which is obligatory.

My two fingers on a typewriter have never connected with my brain. My hand on a pen does.

Graham Greene

Screenwriter / Producer Team

Eight promising screenplays are selected by an international jury to participate in a one-week script workshop. The writers meet on the basis of one-to-one discussions with nine advisors – internationally known and experienced screenwriters, directors and script editors – who share their knowledge and experience. Their producers attend the last 2.5 days of the workshop for a final meeting with writer and advisors, as well as participating in a coproduction session with a media lawyer and other events.


The Aim of eQuinoxe Europe is to support the development and production potential of strong, culturally and linguistically diverse screenplays for an international audience.


The course's three components are:

  1. A workshop consisting of one-on-one meetings between trainers and participating writers; last day includes final session with writers/advisors and the. respective project producer(s)/co-writer;
  2. Master Classes giving participants a 're-entry' phase from a small to a larger group, providing a strong foundation for all their work; and
  3. follow-up consultation with an advisor on the rewrite when it is submitted.


The focus of the eQuinoxe Europe International Screenwriters´ Workshops is on both the writers and the producers of the selected projects. The workshops, which offer both script and project development, are distinguished by the creative, collegiate environment and the rigorous discussion between the writers and the advisors. Collectively and individually the focus is on finding ways to make the screenplays more competitive and compelling in order to expedite the pathway to production. Participants have the rare opportunity to discuss their work with experienced filmmakers from different cultural and professional backgrounds, leading to creative breakthroughs and the potential for co-financing.

Advisors / Tutors

...fueled by inspiration

The success of eQuinoxe Europe is due to the generosity and professional expertise of numerous internationally recognised screenwriters, directors and producers, who continually offer their services to eQuinoxe Europe for the Intl. Screenwriters' Workshops as advisors:

  • Simon Aeby (CH - Three Below Zero,...)
  • Angela Allen (UK - Misfits, Wise Blood,… )
  • Simon Beaufoy (GB - Slumdog Millionaire,...)
  • Dev Benegal (IND - English, August)
  • Marcos Bernstein (BRA - Central Station)
  • Andrew Bovell (AUS - Lantana, A Most Wanted Man,...)
  • Ulf Breistrand (N - You haven´t got a Chance, Take it!,…)
  • Kit Carson ♱ (USA - Paris, Texas,...)
  • Pauline Chan (AUS - 33 Postcards…)
  • Jim Charne (USA - Media Lawyer)
  • Shane Connaughton (IRE - My Left Foot,...)
  • Laurence Coriat (F - Wonderland)
  • Luke Davies (AUS - LION-The Long Way Home)
  • Claire Dobbin AM (AUS - Script Editor)
  • Bille Eltringham (GB - Kid in the corner,… )
  • Delia Ephron (USA - You’ve Got Mail,...)
  • Mary Agnes Donoghue (USA - Beaches, White Oleander,...)
  • Jacques Fieschi (F - Un Coeur en Hiver,...)
  • Florian Flicker ♱ (A - The Hold-Up,...)
  • Stephen Frears (GB - The Queen,...)
  • Lisa Fruchtman (USA - Apocalypse Now, The Right Stuff..)
  • Akiva Goldsman (USA - The Client, A Beautiful Mind,...)
  • Carl Gottlieb (USA - Jaws I-III,...)
  • Paul Haggis (CAN - L.A. Crash,…)
  • Randa Haines (USA - Children Of A Lesser God,…)
  • James V. Hart (USA - Contact, Bram Stoker’s Dracula,...)
  • Axel Hellstenius (N - Elling,...)
  • Hannah Hollinger (GER - Liebe Amelie,...)
  • Coleman Hough (USA - Full Frontal,...)
  • Neil Hunter (UK - Lawless, Boyfriends,...)
  • Laurie Hutzler (USA - Creative Consultant)
  • Annemarie Jacir (PL - When I Saw You)
  • David Keating (IRE - Last of the High Kings)
  • Danny Krausz (A - The Inheritors,...)
  • Susan B. Landau ♱ (USA - An Ideal Husband,...)
  • Don MacPherson (GB - The Big Man,...)
  • David Magee (USA- Finding Neverland, The Life of Pi,...)
  • Anthony McCarten (NZ - The Theory of Everything,...)
  • Jocelyn Moorhouse (AUS - The Dressmaker, Thousand Acres,...)
  • Ewan Morrison (UK - Nina X)
  • Shandi Mitchell (CAN - The Disappeared)
  • Marcia Nasatir (USA - Amadeus, Ironweed,… )
  • Sandra Nettelbeck (GER - Helen, Mr. Morgan’s Last Love,…)
  • Mark O’Halloran (IRE - Viva, Adam & Paul,...)
  • Frank Pierson (USA - Presumed Innocent, Dog Day Afternoon, ...)
  • Eric Pleskow ♱ (USA/A - Raging Bull, Amadeus,...)
  • Angela Pope (GB - Hollow Reed,...)
  • Charles Randolph (USA - The Life of David Gale,...)
  • Richard Reitinger (GER - Wings of Desire,..)
  • Neus Rodrigues (ES - Script Editor)
  • Richard Romanus (USA - If You Believe,...)
  • Stefan Rüll (GER - Media Lawyer)
  • Juliet Sales (F - Belle & Sébastien)
  • Ana Sanz Magallon (E - Bajo les Estrelas,...)
  • Stephen Schiff (USA - Lolita,…)
  • Susanne Schneider (GER - The Day Comes,...)
  • Susan Schulte (GER - The Deathmaker, The Wall,...)
  • Lorenzo Semple Jr. ♱ (USA - Three Days of The Condor, Papillon,…)
  • Martin Sherman (UK - Bent, Mrs.Henderson Presents,...)
  • Iain Softley (GB - K-Pax,...)
  • Tim Squyres (USA - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Ice Storm,...)
  • Michael Steinberg (USA - There's Something about Mary,...)
  • Robin Swicord (USA - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,...)
  • Anthea Sylbert (G - Chinatown, Julia,…)
  • Thomas Valentin (A - Media Lawyer)
  • Chris Vogler (USA - The Writer's Journey)
  • Michael West (IRE - Freefall,…)
  • Gregory Widen (USA - Highlander, Backdraft,…)
  • and more...

Former Workshops

Call for Projects - 27. International Screenwriters´ Workshop

27th Intl. Screenwriters′ Workshop & Master Class

The Workshop is scheduled for October 27 to November 4, 2022 and planned as a residential workshop.

Covid 19 - If the workshop cannot be held as a residential workshop, it will be held digitally.

Deadline extended to June 24, 2022. (Postal stamp)

The International Screenwriters′ Workshops are for screenwriters who have had minimum one feature length script produced or equivalent experience.

The workshop deals with screenplays for Cinema and Series and concentrates on script and project development.
Cinema: Screenplays should be at an advanced stage of development, preferably no less than third draft, in order to maximize the one-to-one meetings with the advisors.
Series: Submissions should include the Pilot and detailed exposes of the episodes.
     Series length of 6 x 90 minutes is not possible for the 27th Intl. Screenwriters' Workshop.
Selected Writers: The workshop assumes travel, food and lodging for the invited writers.
Selected Project Producers: Producers assume their own travel costs and will be charged a 425€ fee for food, lodging and airport transport.
Scholarship: A scholarship is possible for producer(s) from MEDIA low capacity countries. 

Criteria for Submission:

  • Writer has min. one feature film script produced (or equivalent experience).
  • eQuinoxe Europe welcomes EU/EEC/MEDIA-list country writers.
  • A non-national EU/EEC/MEDIA-list country writer may apply, but there is no guarantee of acceptance.
  • Producer must be attached to the project.
  • Applicant speaks English (workshops held in the English language).
  • If your project is accepted, producers are obliged to attend the last 2,5 days of the workshop.
  • Cinema projects (1. Drafts are not accepted),
    Scripts submitted in industry-standard format and pagination.
  • Projects may be submitted in German or English language.
  • If your project is selected, an English translation must be provided in 21 days.

Please note

  • We accept one writer from a writing team.
  • The co-writer and/or director are welcome and encouraged to attend together with producer for the last two days of workshop, provided space is available.
    Fees are 425€/per person.
  • If your project is accepted, producers are obliged to attend the last 2,5 days of the workshop. If project is selected, an English translation must be provided in 21 days.
  • A translation of the rewrite (in most cases in English) will be required for the post-workshop rewrite consultation.
  • The application is online, should be filled out, downloaded and signed by both writer and producer.
    Go to footer - right corner
    Under More you´ll find My Account. Opening My Account you´ll have to register and you´ll start the application process
  • Project selection will be made mid-September.

Success fee, Giving back, Paying-forward. eQuinoxe Europe is a non-profit, not for profit organization which supports international filmmakers in script and project development.
Our success fee applies to projects which are produced. These funds enable us to become more sustainable and to continue our work.

For projects which successfully enter production a fee of one-quarter (0,25% of one percent of the final budget will be assessed, not to exceed 7500€, for the project developed with the assistance of the Intl. ScreenwritersWorkshop.

For participants returning with a second project, the fee is 0,3% (of 1,0%), capped at 8.500€.
For participants returning with a third project, the fee is 0,3% (of 1,0%) capped at 10.000€.
Example: A film budgeted at one million Euro would amount to 2.500€.

Application Fee
The application fee is 50,00€ /per project

eQuinoxe Europe e.V.
GLS Bank
IBAN: DE35 4306 0967 1119 1308 01


All bank costs to be assumed by the applicant.

We look forward to your submission !