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Unlock your creativity and start creating stories that influence next generations

Join us for the masterclass “The Three Secrets of Walt Disney” with Philip LaZebnik, followed by an interactive and creative exercise to boost your imagination and help you come up with a movie idea for young audiences.

Is it for me?

Interactive Masterclass with Philip LaZebnik is for you if you want to:

Learn more about screenwriting process

Create stories that will influence next gen

Start your career as a screenwriter and work in a family entertainment business

Find motivation to start writing


the Interactive


Walt Disney had three secrets for choosing a story. Philip LaZebnik will now pass these secrets on to you, using them as a basis for a discussion on story creation and development process. In addition, Philip will talk about his approach to story structure and conduct an interactive workshop with the participants in which you will come up with your own stories.

Get ready for a feast of creativity!

When and where: 26th April at 11 am, at the Muranów Cinema, Gen. W. Andersa 5, Warsaw

Language of the lecture: English

Participants: This masterclass is for all the people and creatives who would like to know more about writing stories for young audiences. No professional experience needed. The number of participants is limited.

Participation cost: 200 PLN excl. VAT (246 PLN incl. VAT)

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More than seventy years ago, Walt Disney summed up his thoughts about how to choose the right idea for making a movie into three phrases and passed them on to The Nine Wise Old Men, his pet name for his nine favourite animators. They remained at Disney after his death and on into the Jeffrey Katzenberg era, when they passed on the secrets to him, which is where I heard them during my time at Disney writing Pocahontas and Mulan. And now I’ll pass them on to you. – Philip LaZebnik

Philip LaZebnik

Philip is a screenwriter, playwright and a screenwriting consultant. Originally associated with Disney Studios and Dream Works. His screenwriting credits include “Mulan” and “Pocahontas” for Disney, and “The Prince of Egypt” and “The Road to El Dorado” for DreamWorks, among many others.

He has written the book for the theatrical musical “The Prince of Egypt” with songs by Stephen Schwartz, which opened at the Dominion Theatre in London’s West End in February, 2020.

Philip has considerable experience in film teaching: Polish Film School (Lodz, Poland), Bridging the Dragon (Mentor, China), North by Northwest (Tutor, Bornholm), Animationhus (Workshop, Viborg) and worked as a Film/Story Consultant for: “Antz” and “Shrek” (Story consultant, DreamWorks Feature Animation and PDI), “Lion King 1 ½” and “Mulan II” (Disney Television Animation), and numerous other films.

Philip’s goal is to foster a positive, supportive environment in the room, where we can discuss the screenwriting tools which are useful not only for developing the project in the workshop but also future scripts. These tools include analyzing story structure, understanding character motivations, and knowing what questions to ask when writing a script.