Cannes: Sundance Institute Screenwriters Workshop to Launch in Italy

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Paul Federbush

Sundance comes to Italy from July 8-11 in Capalbio, Tuscany.

After successful labs in countries as far-reaching as Mexico and Japan, the famed Sundance screenwriting laboratory is making its Italian debut in Tuscany.

The first-ever Italy Sundance Screenwriters Workshop will host eight screenwriters July 8-11 in Capalbio, Tuscany during the city's annual film festival. 

Collaborating with a team of international mentors, the writers will gain skills and techniques to develop their works as well as learn how to pitch to an international audience. The workshop is a joint effort of the New Cinema Network, the Fondazione Sistema Toscana and Capalbio Cinema.

Paul Federbush, international director, feature film program at Sundance Institute, will announce the workshop Monday at the Italian Pavilion in Cannes, alongside Piera Detassis, president of the Fondazione Cinema per Roma, Stefania Ippoiti, film general manager for the Fondazione Sistema Toscana, and Tommaso Mottola, artistic director of the Capalbio International Film Festival.

The deadline for applicants is June 1. The Italian lab is open to screenwriters and directors working on their first or second film who are European, European living abroad, non-resident European or of European origin.