Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. (PT) on Monday, December 5, 2022. We will not accept submissions after that time. Please do not submit more than three concepts per applicant. Submit each pitch as its own individual application.

Theme: The Value of a Dollar

This year, our theme focuses on stories that speak to “The Value of a Dollar.” You’re free to pitch a story in any genre, but keep in mind that we are looking for hopeful and optimistic ideas. Maybe your script will tell a rags-to-riches story featuring a scrappy entrepreneur who turns a dollar into a dynasty. Or maybe you’d like to offer a comedic take on monetary policy or cryptocurrency. The possibilities are endless, but this theme is your jumping off point. 

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Anticipated Lab Timeline

December 5, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PT

Deadline for submissions.

December 20, 2022
Applicants notified if they have advanced to the next round—MPI requests a complete outline, treatment, or rough draft by January 11 (if multiple projects were submitted, a selection will be indicated).

January 11, 2023
Deadline for a complete outline, treatment, or full rough draft.

Early February 2023
Applicants notified if they have advanced and are invited to participate in an MPI Screenwriting Workshop to develop their scripts.

February–March 2023
Screenwriting workshops take place for an estimated eight weeks, with final dates to be determined. 

April 2023
Six to eight filmmakers selected and invited to advance to the MPI Directing Workshop.

Spring/Summer 2023
MPI Directing Workshop takes place over approximately eight weeks.

Fall 2023
MPI may select
one to three scripts to acquire to develop further and potentially produce as an MPI Original Film in Spring/Summer of 2024. MPI will notify filmmakers if their script is selected to be acquired and produced in the Los Angeles area as an MPI Original Film.

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