After the success of previous years, Bridging the Dragon will hold the new edition of its yearly Project Lab. The event is an immersive workshop and inspiring think-tank for projects suitable for collaboration between Europe and China.

It will consist of two modules of 3-4 days each. The first one will be held in China (e.g. previously Shanghai, Beijing or Nanjing) and the second with the same projects will be held a few months later in the context of a major European film event (e.g. previously Berlin, Locarno or Venice). 8 European and 8 Chinese projects with a clear perspective of Sino-European collaboration will be selected.

Participants from Europe and China will be coached by respected writers and production experts of the other side, in order to help overcome cultural differences as well as improving project feasibility and story telling.

In the last few years the Project Lab has been proven to be not only a breeding ground for valuable contents but it also fostered a number of collaborations among the participants spanning from acquisition, co-financing to long term partnerships.



Sino-European interaction is a long march, but we are very happy to already see some achievements from the previous editions. Some examples: the project Wild Grass (3rd edition) will be soon completed and presented to the market; The Italian Recipe (2nd edition) is expected to start shooting in fall; Mosaic Portrait (2nd edition) through our Project Lab received sponsorship from the ARRI International Support Program; with our support, projects Hello Goodbye and Forgotton Poppies (4th edition) were selected for the Co-production Market of the Shanghai International Film Festival this year; in the frame of our event films like Iron Sky - The Coming Race or Giuseppe Tornatore's The Glance of Music were sold to China.

Various renowned and respected tutors join our Project Lab every year. Among them were figures like Oscar-winning director Stefan Ruzowitzky or Li Wei (screenwriter of Zhang Yimou's Shadow) as well as experienced production tutors such as Ben Ji, executive producer of the Chinese-American co-production The Meg or Paul Brett, executive producer of The King's Speech. Below are some of our previous writing tutors who gave one-to-one targeted feedback to the projects.


Participants must be duo teams of experienced producer AND director / writer working on the development of a fiction feature of any genre (including animation) with a clear perspective and potential of Sino-European collaboration. The project should already have a treatment with full development of story structure, characters and locations.



The Project Lab will be structured into two modules with Module 1 to be held in China and Module 2 to be held in Europe a few months later to follow up on project development. Each part will consist of pitchings, group discussions, seminars, one-to-one meetings with writing and production tutors as well as informal networking. The tentative schedule for the 5th edition is as follows:


  • The Project Lab is free of charge. Bridging the Dragon will cover the costs of tuition, accommodation and subsistence during the main days of the Project Lab for the 2 participants of each project. Travel costs, visa fees, translations as well as any additional costs are to be covered by the participants.
  • Participants must commit to participate in both modules.
  • The mention of "Developed at the Bridging the Dragon Project Lab" and the logo of Bridging the Dragon should appear in the credits and on key promotional materials of the selected projects.


Call for applications for the 5th Sino-European Project Lab has been closed. Please stay tuned for the next editions. For inquiry, please contact lab_europe [at] bridgingthedragon.com


With the support of Creative Europe - MEDIA Programme of the European Union