The DarkRoom Overview

Trans+ on Screen presents:

The DarkRoom

A new lab designed for Trans+ and/or Queer Global Majority writers to develop their feature film genre projects.


We’re creating a space that’s unique and intimate with the needs of writers at the forefront whilst focusing on supporting ambitious projects.

We are looking for up to 10 writers with film ideas that expand the parameters of the kinds of stories Trans+ and Queer creatives have been able to tell and want to develop quality work that has the ability to travel and find audiences globally.

Taking inspiration from the world class labs at Sundance Film Festival, the centrepiece of the programme will be a six day residency focused on inspiration and peer feedback as writers work together on the development of their projects.

Alongside this we will run a series of online masterclasses to upskill our writers and give them insight into forging their path through the industry. Following a pitching weekender that drills into the art of pitching yourself and your project, the programme will culminate in a pitch showcase at BFI Flare. This will be an opportunity to bring together funders, studios, streamers, agents, sales agents, producers, directors and showcase our writers and their projects to wider industry and connect them with the tangible next steps to getting their project made. 

What you will get out of this lab:

  • Financial contributions of up to £5,000 for taking part in the lab (not including additional support offered towards travel and accommodation)
  • A six day residency that will be designed to develop each project in a lab environment, incorporating peer to peer feedback
  • A programme of masterclasses throughout the 6 month programme that will hear from industry experts on the topic of writing and developing your career as well as case studies from filmmakers
  • A three day pitching weekender that will be designed to develop your project’s pitch
  • A pitching showcase at BFI Flare to platform your project to the wider industry
  • Networking opportunities and the chance to build a solid connection with your fellow cohort of writers
  • Guidance and support from the Trans+ on Screen team throughout the programme

The DarkRoom is delivered by Trans+ On Screen, through the BFI Creative Challenge Fund, made possible with National Lottery funding.

If you have any questions about the lab please contact