Project Lab is an immersive workshop and think-tank for projects suitable for Sino-European co-production. It has two modules of 3-4 days each. The first module is held in China (e.g. Shanghai in 2015, Beijing in 2016, Nanjing in 2017) and the second module with the same projects is held a few months later in Europe (e.g. Locarno in 2015, Venice in 2016, Berlin in 2018). Participants are coached by high-level writing and production tutors from China and Europe on story structure, believability of the setting in relation to the other co-producing part and feasibility of co-production. 6-8 European and 6-8 Chinese projects with a clear perspective of collaboration between China and Europe are selected for the Lab.



  • Enrich understanding of differences in culture, taste, film industry procedures between Europe and China;
  • Improve story telling according to the defined target audience;
  • Identify the unique selling points of the project and enhance the quality of pitching to a foreign professional audience;
  • Check the co-production feasibility, funding opportunities and define a financial strategy;
  • Empower a network of relationships among attending professionals.



Participants should be creative teams of experienced producer AND director OR writer working on the development of a fiction feature (including animation). The project should already have a treatment with full development of story structure, characters and locations.


The Lab is structured into two modules with the first module held in China and the second module held in Europe. Each module includes open pitchings & discussion, one-to-one meetings with tutors, plenary sessions, group sessions, open seminars and networking.



  • The Lab is free of charge for the two participants (producer AND director OR writer) of each projects and covers the costs of tuition, accommodation and subsistence during the days of the Lab. Travel costs, visa fees, translations as well as additional costs during the Lab 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 film.


Call for application for the 4th Sino-European Project Lab is closed. Please stay stuned for the next edition.

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