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Winner of Spring 2022 Program Announced!

The Spring 2022 Program has now concluded! Thank you to all our talented participants, esteemed mentors, and all those who applied. Stay tuned for an exciting announcement about our Fall 2022 program in the coming days.


The six talented writers below were selected to participate in the M Film Lab Spring 2022 Program, where they worked and learned from a team of experienced mentors and industry professionals to develop their screenplays. At the end of the program, one winner will be chosen, and their screenplay will be selected for production!

Congratulations to our Winner!

Michael Johnson

Screenplay Title:
Black Metal



Spring 2022 Program

We are delighted to announce our Spring 2022 film lab focusing on empowering black screenwriters and storytellers.

Six talented screenwriters will be selected to work on their short film screenplays and be mentored by our team of accomplished filmmakers and industry professionals, with one screenplay to be selected for production!

The lab combines personalized individual and group sessions to facilitate a dynamic and creative development of a screenplay. Through the generous sharing of personal processes of creation among a group of film professionals, the 10 day lab aims to provide the participants with a fertile environment to learn and be inspired.


Key Dates

Applications Open
Application Deadline
2nd Cohort Announcement
Film Lab Starts
Film Lab Ends
Winning Screenplay Announcement

Lab Mentors



The M Film Lab Spring 2022 Program welcomes American and Canadian writers who identify as Black, African-American / African-Canadian, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Latin, and any and all bi-racial or multi-racial black identities.
Applicants must be 18 years of age or older
Application and participation in the film lab is free of charge.
To apply, you must complete the application process outlined below, including submitting a completed short film screenplay based on the guidelines provided.
Applicants must confirm their full availability for the dates of the film lab workshops and events.
Applications must be completed and submitted before the deadline of March 31st, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST.
All applications must be completed through the process outlined below.


Applications are to be submitted using the Open Screenplay platform.
Applications are comprised of the 2 parts:
Applicant questionnaire.
Short film screenplay about the topic outlined below (minimum first draft).
Short-listed applicants may be asked to conduct a short video interview prior to confirmation.
Applications must be completed before March 31st, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST.

Judging Criteria

In addition to compliance with the film lab’s eligibility requirements, submitted applications will be evaluated on a variety of factors including but not limited to originality, creativity, and structure. Applications are judged by a select committee of lab partners and mentors.



No previously produced material or adaptations. The screenplays must be a new, original, unproduced work.
No CGI or animation
No remote or difficult to reach locations, or federal or private attractions like The Statue Of Liberty, Mt. Rushmore, The Empire St. Building, CN Tower, Eiffel Tower, famous museums, etc.
No using of trademarks that belong to other people or companies
No use of existing characters, songs, logos, brands, etc.

About M Film Lab


M Film Lab is a free-to-join screenwriting workshop and mentorship opportunity for storytellers and creators committed to fair artistic representation of minorities that are underrepresented in film & television. Using an online format and advanced tools, The M Film Lab aims to discover and provide opportunities to aspiring screenwriters, while creating a pipeline of compelling, meaningful content that sheds light on the issues facing various communities of minorities in America and abroad.

The M Film Lab is open to all aspiring screenwriters, and features opportunities to work with and learn from accomplished industry professionals, forge new connections with other artists.


About Lab Partners

Open Screenplay is a first of its kind online platform where storytellers from all over the world can write, learn, collaborate, share and connect with opportunities to be paid and produced. Open Screenplay aims to bring democracy and diversity to the world of film and television, so that the world we see on the screen is as beautifully diverse as the one we live in.


The Pillars Fund amplifies the leadership, narratives, and talents of Muslims in the United States to advance opportunity and justice for all. Since their founding in 2010, Pillars has distributed more than $6 million in grants to Muslim organizations and leaders who advance social good. Pillars Fund invest in community-focused initiatives, push back against harmful narratives, uplift Muslim stories, and give collectively to generate resources within Muslim communities for Muslim communities.


Black Women Film! Canada is a not for profit dedicated to forwarding the careers, networks and skills of Black women identified people of the Canadian African diaspora who are working in film and media across all levels of experience.


MPAC’s Hollywood Bureau changes the narrative of Islam and Muslims in the entertainment industry so that audiences see Muslims as vital contributors to creating social and cultural change in America and around the world. We do this by engaging decision makers and creatives to improve the quality of authentic, nuanced, and inclusive depictions of Islam and Muslims. We also create opportunities for Muslim storytellers to tell their own stories