Prewriting Workshop

9 script writers, directors and creative producers
Date and venue

28 August (afternoon) until 2 September (noon) 2022, in Kappel am Albis / ZH

Registration/Application deadline

CHF 750 including accomodation
(5 Nights) and meals


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

In this workshop, the participants can test their story ideas for their potential and are given techniques and tools to explore and generate unexpected, driving and meaningful narrative options. The workshop helps the participants get into research mode. It inspires them to play with the possibilities that accompany every idea. The two international script consultants  teach how to use constraints to push creativity further. They invite the participants to tackle their ideas and strengthen them through theory and practical exercises.
The participants will not only work on their own story ideas, but are also involved in the discussions on the other projects.  The tutors will create a safe environment for this inspiring and valuable learning by sharing.

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

For further information about LIMs methodology and the LIM Prewriting Workshop, please watch the 2021 LIM online 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       FOCAL                 In collaboration with         Zürcher Hochschule der Künste

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