Thanks to an agreement between éQuinoxe Europe e.V. and FOCAL, one screenwriter living in Switzerland or Swiss screenwriter living abroad can participate in each Workshop. The candidates must be the author of at least one produced feature length script. Screenplays are recommended to be at an advanced stage of development (third draft) and have a producer attached to the project.
On the last day of the Workshop, the producers of the projects are invited to take part in an extensive wrap-up discussion about the script with the screenwriter and three advisors.
"In the éQuinoxe program, I met the most professional, experienced, humorous, strict, and constructive advisers who any author could dream to have as sparing partners."
- Script for the cinema (3rd draft, no more than 135 pages)
- CVs of writer and producer
- Motivation letter
The application material has to be sent by e-mail to FOCAL
FOCAL pre-selects two projects per Workshop. For this pre-selection, the scripts may be submitted in French, German or English. The two pre-selected projects (and some additional application material) must then be delivered in English or German for the international jury, which will select one of the two projects by the end of September. The selected project must be translated into English for the Workshop itself.
Internationally recognized authors, directors and producers.
A list of the advisors of the last Workshops can be found at