Stowe Story Labs Fellowship

2017 Stowe Fellowship Winners
David Roccio, Founder of Stowe Story Labs presents 2017 fellowship awards to film majors, Cassandra Crowley and Brian Holder, with Dean Willoquet-Maricondi. 

September 9-12, 2017
Helen Day Arts Center in Stowe, VT

CCM offers two competitive Champlain Filmmaking Fellowships to the annual fall Stowe Story Labs workshops. The Junior Fellowship will be granted to a junior who has completed a feature length screenplay and demonstrates the maturity and commitment necessary to take full advantage of the mentorships and opportunities offered by the Stowe Story Labs. The Senior Fellowship will be awarded to a graduating senior whose feature length screenplay, in addition to the criteria outlined above, also exhibits an advanced level of craft and a strong personal voice. Both students will gain invaluable knowledge of the form, insight into in the industry and professional connections.

Entering its fifth year, Stowe Story Labs bring emerging screenwriters, filmmakers and creative producers to Stowe for four days to work with seasoned industry professionals to help get films made and seen. The labs focus on story structure and development, pitching and packaging, creative production and film sales and distribution. Lab participants come from around the world and are chosen for the program through a competitive application process. Industry mentors have previously included Academy Award Nominated Creative Producer Amy Hobby, who produced such narrative films as Secretary and documentaries as Academy Award Nominated "What Happened, Miss Simone?"; renowned Casting Director Ellen Parks, who cast such films as Secretary and Sideways; Academy Award Nominated Screenwriter David Magee, who penned Finding Neverland and Life of Pi; and award winning writer and creative producer Anne Rosellini, who wrote and produced the groundbreaking film, Winter's Bone.

We are delighted to continue and expand this partnership with Stowe Story Labs. These Fellowships will significantly enhance opportunities for Champlain students and further reinforce Champlain College's commitment to excellence, artistic innovation and a radically pragmatic education," Stowe Story Labs and CCM are fully aligned on mission and the Labs will help CCM students make the leap from students to practitioners," says Paula Willoquet-Maricondi, Dean of the CCM Division.

"With Stowe Story Labs we hope to help talented Champlain student writers and filmmakers develop the critical skills needed to get wonderful scripts turned into beautiful films," says David Rocchio, Managing Director and Founder of the Labs." Film is a decidedly collaborative art - and business. Learning how to navigate the business is vital to getting work made. So is developing strong, positive collaborative relationships. We have built the Labs to help participants achieve both."

In addition to workshops, "in-conversation" interviews with industry pros, lectures and time to work and reflect, there are evening film screenings, panel discussions, and informal receptions.

For more information about Stowe Story Labs please visit