DarkRoom – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

I’m a cis queer white writer, can I apply?


What do you consider as Trans+?

Trans, 2Spirit, Dykes & Studs, Non Binary, Gender Non-Conforming

What do you mean by Global Majority?

This is the BFI’s preferred term that refers to people who are Black, Asian, Brown, dual-heritage, indigenous to the global south, and or have been racialised as ‘ethnic minorities’.

What genres are you open to?

As long as it’s not a drama film, we are open to being surprised! We want to see horror, comedy, rom-com, erotic-horror, sci-fi, action, thriller, western, romance, musical, fantasy, crime, t4t slasher, butchfemme noir, stud action and anything else you can come up with

I’m part of a writing duo, can we apply together?

Yes, we will allow writing partners to apply together, however please be aware that the writer’s fees offered as part of this programme will have to be split between the duo.

The project I want to apply with is in funded development with another company, can I still apply?

Yes, as long as you make it clear why this Lab will help you and that it is just you attending the Lab as the writer without input from your wider creative team.

I’m a writer/director, can I apply?

Yes, but please bear in mind this Lab is purely writer focused.

I’m working with a director and/or producer on my project, can they attend the Lab?

No, this Lab is purely for writers and you must attend alone. However there may be networking events during the programme where we can extend an invite to your collaborators.

Can I have a meeting with you to discuss my project and see if it’s a good fit?

We are unable to take meetings about specific projects as it wouldn’t be fair on other applicants. If you have a question regarding eligibility that is not answered here then you can contact us and we will reply via email – darkroom@transonscreen.com

Does my project have to be aimed at a specific budget level?


Does my project have to be designed to be supported by BFI later down the line?

No. The project you apply with can be suited to any number of funders or commercial production companies. 

Can I apply with a short film?

No, this lab is exclusively for feature length film projects. Feature length projects should be intended to be at least over 70 minutes.

Can I apply with a feature idea that’s based on a short film that I’ve already made?

Yes, but we will need to see the short film and you will have to have a clear idea of why this would fit a feature length story.

Can I apply with a feature idea that’s based on a play or book etc that I’ve already made?

Yes, but you will need to hold the rights to that property and be clear on why this would fit a feature length story.

Will I receive feedback on my application?

We are unable to offer feedback on applications.

If you have any further questions about the lab, please contact darkroom@transoncreen.com