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STORYHOUSE LAB is currently not accepting new applicants as all slots are filled.


STORYHOUSE is a new annual festival that cultivates and celebrates the art of storytelling for the screen which will be held in Dublin’s Light House Cinema on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 March 2024.

Emerging and established screenwriters are invited to apply for STORYHOUSE LAB, an inclusive professional development programme, running in parallel with the main event. STORYHOUSE LAB sessions will take place over 4 days from Wednesday 20 to Saturday 23 March 2024.

The LAB will provide a small cohort of screenwriters with complimentary access to all STORYHOUSE events, as well as additional focussed sessions with our guests under the guidance of the LAB Creative Mentor, BAFTA and IFTA winning TV and film screenwriter MALCOLM CAMPBELL (What Richard Did, Bad Sisters). The participants in this group will be carefully selected to promote new, diverse, inclusive and gender balanced voices.

STORYHOUSE is a not-for-profit initiative of Element Pictures (producers of Poor Things, The Favourite, Normal People and Room) and is spearheaded by co-CEO ED GUINEY. It is a unique opportunity for new and established diverse writers and industry professionals to benefit from in-depth interviews, panels and case studies from some of the very best international creators of stories for the screen.

STORYHOUSE is supported by Screen Ireland, Fremantle and Element Pictures and is produced in association with the Light House Cinema.


The aim of STORYHOUSE LAB is to empower the LAB participants to develop their own creative voice and screenwriting practice. It will provide expert guidance and support as they approach the next phase of their career as screen storytellers. The goal is to provide a dedicated space for the exchange of ideas, to encourage and inspire them, and to deepen their understanding of the collaborative process.


The content of the LAB sessions will focus mostly on the two aspects of screenwriting - nurturing the creative process and the development of craft. The LAB will not focus specifically on the practical aspects of building a career in the industry. The LAB takes place in the context of the STORYHOUSE festival, which will play host to a variety of top international screenwriting talent including Tony McNamara, David Nicholls, Arthur Harari, Molly Manning Walker, Charlotte Regan and Ali Abassi (with more to be announced soon) who will all share their insights and experience in the collaborative and challenging aspects of work and life as a screenwriter.

STORYHOUSE LAB will leverage this talent pool by providing the successful group of LAB applicants with access to some of our esteemed international and Irish screenwriting talent in more intimate sessions, led by Creative Mentor and Screenwriter Malcolm Campbell. STORYHOUSE LAB participants will benefit from shared insights from the other participants, in addition to one-to-one follow up sessions with the Creative Mentor.


  • STORYHOUSE LAB is open to all screenwriters

  • Applicants should have demonstrable experience of screenwriting and a specific project they wish to nurture by partaking in the LAB.

  • Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate their passion for the screenwriting craft and express why the LAB programme would help them to learn, grow and develop at the current stage of their career

  • Applications are particularly welcomed from screenwriters from under represented communities, and will be selected on the basis of achieving diversity and balance in the room to create an inclusive and open space for creative development

  • Please note that successful applicants must be available to travel to Dublin to partake in the LAB initiative

  • For those not selected for the LAB on 8th March, a limited number of tickets will be made available to purchase at the industry delegate rate on a first come first served basis


Interested candidates are invited to apply by completing our online application form, which can be found HERE.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 4th March 2024.

STORYHOUSE LAB is currently not accepting new applicants as all slots are filled.

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