Cinekid Directors LAB kicks off first edition

Cinekid is now having its hands in every stage of the film production process. While Cinekid for Professionals already provided in labs and networking facilities for scriptwriters, producers and distributors, now the Cinekid Directors LAB has launched a vital new coaching programme for directors with a children’s film project in advanced development.


Cinekid was happy to welcome eight participants from seven countries for the inaugural edition of the Cinekid Directors LAB. The selection consists of six projects, five live action and one animation film. The first edition of the Directors LAB will take place in April 2020 in Amsterdam. The group of participants consists of six alumni of various editions of the Script LAB, Cinekid’s workshop for writers of children’s films.

During the Cinekid Directors LAB, an international group of directors will focus on the final steps one needs to take prior to (pre-)production, coupled with the specific skills required for working with children. The workshop is co-funded by the Creative Europe MEDIA Programme and is supported by Icelandic Film Centre, Netherlands Film Fund and Norwegian Film Institute.

Nienke Poelsma, Head of Cinekid for Professionals: “We’re thrilled to start this new training initiative. We want to provide filmmakers with a safe environment in which they can explore, experiment and work towards the actual shoot of their film.


Study for the participating project The Wondrous Journey of Little Sophie

Find the full list of projects and participants of Cinekid Directors LAB 2020 here.

Get acquainted with Cinekid’s new General Director Heleen Rauw here.