What's The Story?

What it is?

What’s The Story? is an intensive five-day short film development writing workshop – part of the new Talents Generator Factory initiative promoted by Talents and Short Film Market (TSFM).

The workshop is led by two experienced tutors and will require active participation and a mindset open to collaboration from all participants. The work will be conducted both in class during the face-to-face hours and in between the meetings, with specific tasks and assignments to be accomplished for the following day.

At the end of the workshop, two participants will be picked by the tutors and invited to take part in another workshop happening during Talents and Short Film Market Summer Event #1 from June 28th to July 2nd 2023 in Bozen/Bolzano and Schlanders/Silandro, Italy or Talents and Short Film Market vol. 8 from November 27th to November 29th 2023 in Torino, Italy. The second event will be focused on the feasibility and production of the developed projects and it will be concluded with a co-production pitching session and a series of one-on-one sessions with film professionals. The second workshop does not include any registration fees for participants. Accommodation (B&B) will be provided by TSFM. Travel costs will be covered by each participant.

Who is it for?

What’s The Story? is open to up to filmmakers – film directors, screenwriters – who will work together in order to kickstart their respective storylines for an upcoming short film.

Please read each workshop’s open call in order to find out if you’re eligible to apply to that specific event.

When is it scheduled and when is it located?

What’s The Story? is scheduled throughout the year and scheduled in several locations. Please check frequently this page in order to find out when new workshops are announced. Just click on the current year on the left column in order to find out the events announced so far. 

What language will be used?

Usually the main language of What’s The Story? is English.
Some workshops might be in a language other than English. Please check each workshop’s page in order to find out.
The second workshops about production will be in English.

Who are the tutors?

What’s The Story? tutors vary depending on each workshop.

Please read each workshop’s open call in order to find out who they are.

How do I apply?

Applications to What’s The Story? can only be submitted via the official submission form. Each workshop has a different form. Please read each workshop’s open call in order to find the right submission link. 



The following information are mandatory:

  • Name
  • Surname
  • City of residence
  • Country of residence
  • Region of residence
  • Date of birth
  • Mobile phone number
  • E-Mail Address
  • Project title
  • Short note of intention (max 1500 characters)
  • Short synopsis or logline of the project (max 250 characters)
  • Long synopsis or treatment of the project (max 1500 characters)


The following information are optional:

  • Link to a previously produced audiovisual work 
  • Short artistic CV
  • Link to a video presentation (if available. A video presentation is defined as a short video of maximum 5 minutes in which the applicant presents him/herself and his/her project.)
  • Personal notes from the candidate (max 1500 characters)

When is the deadline for submissions?

What’s The Story? deadlines vary depending on each workshop.

Please read each workshop’s open call in order to find out the duration of submissions period.

How much does it cost?

What’s The Story? costs vary depending on each workshop.

Submitting a project is always free of charge.

The two final workshops on production are always free of charge.

Please read each workshop’s open call in order to find out the costs for that specific event.

Do you have more questions?

For further information please send an email to