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The Romance Screenwriters’ Lab was introduced in 2014 to cull out new stories based on the themes of love and romance.

At the lab, three eminent screenwriters from India mentor participants within the framework of a two-stage programme. The second stage of the lab culminates in Film Bazaar, Goa, where participants are given the opportunity to pitch their projects to prospective producers and investors.

Samimitra Das

Filmmaker, India

“The Romance Screenwriters’ lab helped to take a hard look at writing – to channel the characters and emotions, to realize where the emphasis lies and where it fails. Having mentors give their undivided attention and criticism has meant a lot. It was wonderful to listen and respond to the other scripts. The collective commitment towards story-telling in fiction film-making was contagious and wonderful.”


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

For any further queries, please read the FAQs.

  • The Lab is open to original fiction features based on the themes of love and romance
  • Only Indian passport holders can apply.

  • The selection process occurs in two stages.
  • In the first stage, applications are shortlisted based on the synopses submitted.
  • In the second stage, final projects are selected based on the complete screenplays sent by shortlisted participants.

You will need:

  • updated CV (750 words)
  • reason for applying (750 words)
  • story synopsis (2000 words)
  • payment details

The Romance Screenwriters’ Lab is held in two parts:

  • 31 August – 5 September, 2015 – in Pune
  • 16 – 19 November, 2015 – at Goa in collaboration with Film Bazaar

Entries are open from 17 March, 2015

The deadline for submissions is 10 May, 2015 (6 pm IST)

  • Application fee for the lab is INR 2,500.
  • Please click here for payment details.

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