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Introduced in 2015, the Children’s Screenwriters’ Lab is the latest addition to the spectrum of labs organised by NFDC.


Participants selected for this annual lab get the opportunity to evolve their stories – of and for children – under the mentorship of eminent writers from India and abroad. The lab culminates in Film Bazaar, Goa where participants have the opportunity to pitch their projects to prospective producers and investors.

Soumitra Ranade

Filmmaker, India

“The children’s lab for me has been an extremely valuable experience. The discussions were free and candid and the mentors have been terrific guides. I am certain that my script is now far better than what it was.”


Before you begin, please read the Rules | Regulations and Undertaking for guidelines of the application process.

For any further queries, please read the Definitions and FAQs.

  • The Lab is open to full‐length fiction screenplays for children and younger audiences.
  • Only Indian passport holders can apply.

The application process is completely online. Email/hardcopy applications will not be accepted.

  • To apply, you need to create a MyFilmBazaar Account first.
  • Once you have created your account, you will be directed to the online application form.
  • Applications will not be considered complete till the payment has been processed.
  • The Regular Deadline for submitting applications is 29 Feb, 2016 (6 pm IST).
  • The Extended Deadline for submitting applications is 15 March, 2016 (6 pm IST).

First stage

  • Logline (
  • Tagline
  • Updated Bio (500 words)
  • Writer’s Statement (500 words)
  • Story synopsis (3000‐5000 words)
  • Payment details

Second Stage [Only for shortlisted applicants]

  • Complete screenplays
  • Detailed Step Outline

Starting 2016, the Children’s Screenwriters’ Lab will be held in three parts. (Please note that these dates are tentative)

  • 24 – 29 August, 2016 – in Pune
  • 16 ‐ 19 November, 2016 ‐ in Goa, in collaboration with Film Bazaar

  • INR 5000 for applications submitted on or before the Regular Deadline, 29 Feb 2016, 6 pm IST.
  • INR 7000 for applications submitted after the Regular Deadline till the Extended Deadline, 15 March 2016, 6 pm IST.

For further clarifications, write to
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