After the success of the past editions, the Sino-European producers' association Bridging the Dragon will host for the sixth time its yearly Project Lab. The event is an intensive workshop and inspiring think-tank for projects suitable for collaboration between Europe and China.

The event will consist of two modules. In view of the pandemic, the first part of the current edition will be held online and shaped for the virtual space, while the second part is planned for China or Europe possibly in connection to a major film event, as circumstances allow.

6-8 European and 6-8 Chinese projects with a clear perspective of Sino-European interaction will be selected. In the frame of our partnership with the New Zealand Film Commission, projects from New Zealand are also welcome. Participants will be coached by recognised writing tutors and will have the chance to interact with producer counterparts, in order to overcome cultural differences, expand networks as well as improving project feasibility and storytelling. For the first time we also welcome 4 industry professionals without a specific project but wishing to develop their activities across Europe and China. They will be able to join all the sessions together with the project participants and benefit from the discussion.

The Project Lab has been proven to be a breeding ground for valuable content. It has fostered a number of collaborations among the attendees in the area of co-production but also financing, acquisition and long term partnership.



Sino-European collaboration is challenging, but we are pleased to see the achievements of previous editions of our Project Lab. Some examples: The Italian Recipe (Italy / China / Germany) is completing post-production; Hidden Under Moss (UK / China) was selected for the markets of the Hainan Island International Film Festival in 2019 and Shanghai International Film Festival this year; Mosaic Portrait, through the Project Lab received sponsorship from the ARRI International Support Program; Salli (Taiwan / UK) was selected for Berlinale Talents. In the frame of our activity, films such as upcoming Giuseppe Tornatore's The Glance of Music and remakes such as Matteo Rovere's Italian Race were sold to China.

Various respected tutors join our Project Lab every year. Among them were figures like Oscar-winning director Stefan Ruzowitzky, Sun Xiaohang (screenwriter of Ning Hao's big success Crazy Alien which grossed $320M Chinese b.o.), Li Wei (screenwriter of Zhang Yimou's Shadow) or Cha Muchun, screenwriter of Huang Bo's The Island ($196 million Chinese b.o.) and producers from such renowned companies as Wanda Pictures, Alibaba Pictures or Gravity Pictures.


Project participants
Participants should 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.

Industry participants
Participants should be experienced industry professionals wishing to increase their knowledge of Sino-European collaborations. A project is not mandatory.



The Project Lab will be structured into two parts with Part 1 to be held online in November 2020 and Part 2 planned in China or Europe in the first half of 2021 to follow up on the development of the projects and connect with the enlarged community of Bridging the Dragon's members and alumni. Part 1 of the Project Lab will be shaped for the virtual space, consisting of group discussions with production experts, one-to-one meetings with writing tutors and open sessions.


  • The Project Lab is free of charge. Bridging the Dragon will cover the cost of tuition. In the case of a physical event, Bridging the Dragon will also cover the costs of accommodation and subsistence during the main days of the event. 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 parts.
  • For project participants, the mention of "Developed at the Bridging the Dragon Project Lab" and the logo of Bridging the Dragon should appear in the key promotional materials and credits of the selected projects.


Interested parties please submit the applications through below methods. Deadline is extended to Friday, 2 October 2020.

Project participants

Fill in the e-form:

European / New Zealand projects: click here
Chinese projects: click here

Send below documents per email mentioning project name in email subject:
European / New Zealand projects: lab_europe@bridgingthedragon.com
Chinese projects: lab_china@bridgingthedragon.com

- Synopsis in English (maximum 2 pages)
- Treatment in English (maximum 15 pages)
- Profile of the production company
- CV or filmography of both applicants
- Rights clearance (if applicable)
- Visual references or mood boards (if applicable)

Industry participants

Fill in the e-form:
European / New Zealand industry professionals: click here
Chinese industry professionals: click here



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