LIM Prewriting Workshop

9-12 script writers, directors, creative producers
Date and venue
Sunday 29 August (evening) to Friday 3 September 2021 (afternoon), in Kappel am Albis/ZH
Registration/Application deadline
CHF 750 (including accommodation and meals)

In partnership with the development program LIM I Less is more, FOCAL offers a five-day workshop that focuses on the development before entering the writing process.

This workshop aims to get a deeper understanding of how the brain works during its creative phases when ideas emerge and how ideas implement themselves to gain consistency.

The workshop helps the participants to get into research mode, explore and generate new ideas. It inspires you to play with the possibilities that accompany every idea. They teach you how to use constraints to push creativity further.The participants are given tools and methods to release their creative energy, interact playfully with their intellectual material, and generate various story ideas. The participants are supported while testing their story plot to determine if they are worth being developed in a feature-length film.

Two international script consultants from LIM/Le Groupe Ouest will create a safe environment and invite the participants to tackle their ideas and strengthen them through theory and practical exercises.

The workshop is not designed to work mainly on projects the participants are currently occupied with. Pre-writing is really the work on «no idea» or the beginning of it, but not on a very specific advanced project. Nevertheless, the experience and knowledge that the participants will gain will also positively influence the work on their current projects.

LIM’s program and methodology has been developed mainly for fiction projects. Authors from documentaries are welcome if they want to work also on fiction projects.

FOCAL is a partner of the LIM I Less is more annual program and will publish the call for their next edition in autumn.

For further information about LIMs programme, its methodology and the LIM Prewriting Workshop, please watch the introductory presentation by Antoine Le Bos, Artistic Director of LIM I Less is more.


Ralitza Petrova
Ralitza Petrova, a French-Bulgarian director, studied film and video art at the University of the Arts London and later fiction directing at the UK’s National Film and Television School (NFTS). Her short films have won many prizes worldwide. Her feature debut GODLESS won 2016 the Golden Leopard for Best Film in Locarno. Since then, the film has won many international awards.

Miguel López Beraza
Miguel López Beraza, a Spanish director and cinematographer, studied documentary film in DOCNOMADS and scriptwriting at the EICTV Cuba. His first short film, ‘Walls’, won 2015  the Goya Academy Award.  Miquel works as a script consultant for Locarno Open Doors since 2019. He has also worked as a pitching trainer at the Go Short Film Festival Campus.

An initiative of

  • LIM
  • Lim partners

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