Rules and FAQs


  • Open only for Comedy Sketches.
  • The acceptable genres are - Comedy, Parodies, Spoofs, Satire, Social commentary, Musical.
  • The script should be in a sketch format and not appear like a listicle video.
  • Scripts with any form of plagiarism will be disqualified.
  • The synopsis, script and dialogues should be in English, Hindi or Hinglish language. (Hindi or Hinglish dialogues preferred)
  • The submitted script should not exceed 15 pages, and no less than 5 pages.
  • NO age bar (You can be writer at any age! Ain't you?)
  • The entries for the competition will close on 31st December 2017.
  • Synopsis containing prohibited or inappropriate content as determined by IFP or FilterCopy, in its sole discretion, to be inappropriate will be disqualified.  

The goal for each writer is to leave the program with developed writing skills, including at least one producible feature script that champions your idea to make a new web sketch.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the submission requirements for applying to the Web Writers’ Lab?

To apply, you are required to submit your script on given theme. The length of script should be 5 to 15 pages in Courier Font Size 12, PDF format. Shortlisted applicants will need to appear for One Day Workshop followed by one on one discussion/interview either in person.

What can I expect by registering for the Lab?

Shortlisted writers will be mentored by FilterCopy's team of experienced writers and creators. Post that, the winners will be put up in Mumbai (if outstation) and paid appropriately for their work. Most importantly, FilterCopy will make one or more videos with the final winner.

In which language should the script be in?

Regardless of the final language of the sketch, the script (including dialogues) should be in Hindi, English or Hinglish only.

What is the exact idea of the lab?

The idea behind the Web Writers’ Lab is to help writers improve their draft script and turn into a screenplay with inputs from industry mentors. The writers will be taken through a formal process of scriptwriting, to ensure that the outcoming scripts are producable videos.

Will I be paid if my Script is produced?

The writer whose script has been selected to be made into a video will receive a standard fee for their script

Who owns the Script?

The rights of your script completely remain with you. The lab is just a process and does not own any part of your creative work.

How will I receive notifications regarding the application and selection process?

All communication regarding the lab will be sent via email only on writer's registered email ID.

Can I still apply if there is more than one writer attached to my project?

Yes. However, as Web Writers’ Lab follows a one-on-one mentoring process, only one writer per project can attend the Lab. The person listed as ‘Writer’ in the Application Form will be considered for attending the Lab.

Can I apply with more than one project?

Yes, however each project must be applied with separate applications forms and only one project per writer will be selected.

When and how will I know if I am selected for the Lab?

Shortlisted writers will be informed by 10th January 2018 via email and phone. These are tentative dates we may update them as when required.

Will I be informed of the reasons if I am not selected?

Due to the large number of applications received, we will not be able to provide individual feedback or reasons to rejected applicants.

If selected, what is the Travel Reimbursement Amount that I am eligible for?

The three tier AC travel reimbursement amount will be decided solely at the discretion of IFP, based on Indian Railways estimates of train fare from the city of applicant’s current residence to Mumbai. Selected participants are advised to check with the Web Writers’ Lab team regarding applicable amounts before finalizing their travel plans.

Any other hidden cost I have to pay?

Beyond the application fee, there is no other cost or tuition fees to participate in Web Writers' lab.

I am under 18, can I participate?

Age is just a number for us. We judge you with your writing ability.

Is it compulsory to attend the workshop in Mumbai?

Yes, it is. If you are selected in top 20, we will look forward to you to attend the workshop.

My query isn’t listed. I wish to speak to a team member. Whom can I contact?

If you have any further questions, please feel free to write to us at



The selection of scripts for the workshop and the lab will be on sole discretion of creative teams at Filtercopy and India Film Project.

Applications Close on 31st December, 2017