The first session of the Kids Kino Lab 2022 script development workshop has just ended.

Despite all the efforts to organise the first session in Lodz, Poland, we decided to change the on-site formula to online for the sake of common safety.

The first session is always the hardest and most challenging one to hold online because its purpose is to build the community: a group of people who will be working together for the following 9 months.

So, to make the introduction session as fun and entertaining as possible, we asked our participants to play charades with us.

But the game was just the beginning!

During the first session:


  • we attended online masterclasses and workshops by our tutors: Philip LaZebnik (8-Sequence Structure), Armin Prediger (Workshop Now Do It a Million Times!), and Ronald Kruschak (Financing Possibilities in our European Countries),
  • we watched and analysed two family films: My Extraordinary Summer with Tess (great thanks to Picture Tree International GmbH) and Los Bando (great thanks to Nicholas Sando and Arild Tryggestad),
  • we had online breakfast together and took part in a live cooking class led by our tutor Kirsten Bonnén Rask,
  • we played Taboo – congrats to our winners: Philip LaZebnik, Maciej Jakubczyk, and Julietta Sichel.

AND most importantly, we spent hours working on our scripts and engaging in individual and group discussions with our:

tutors and their assistants:

  • Kirsten Bonnén Rask and Monika Dembińska,
  • Philip LaZebnik and Kendra Valentine,
  • Armin Prediger and Martyna Kopeć,
  • Ronald Kruschak and Natalia Łodygowska,

and 13 teams from Poland, Belgium, Czechia, Norway, Ukraine, and the UK.

It’s been a pleasure to work with such passionate filmmakers!


Welcoming happy returns


This year, among 13 other projects, we have Detective Bruno 2 on board with us: the first part of Detective Bruno was developed successfully in the previous edition of Kids Kino Lab and is now anticipating its cinema release.

The participants of the previous editions also return to us, sometimes in new roles. Ewa Rozenbajgier – the scriptwriter of Detective Bruno – returned to us for the third time. In the past, she helped Philip in the role of an assistant and developed a script together with Marcin Ciastoń. Natalia Łodygowska developed projects in recent years and now we welcome her in the role of Ronald’s assistant. Wojciech Stuchlik came back with his new project he is working on as a producer. We are delighted with these returns and feel that we are creating something more than a 9-month workshop programme – a community of filmmakers dedicated to high-quality cinema for kids.

Fingers crossed for the returning and new filmmakers who decided to develop their stories with us.

This is just the beginning of a great creative journey!

Next stop: second session at JEF (hopefully on-site).