Frequently Asked Questions – TWL Europe

The Application

How do I apply?

Applications for the 2022 Writers Lab Europe are open through February 7.

  • Click on the APPLICATION FORM.
  • You will be re-routed to a TWL page on the Coverfly website. (Coverfly hosts this contest and you will need a free Coverfly account to submit. You will be able to restrict Coverfly contact to correspondence from The Writers Lab if you wish.)
  • When prompted, upload your script as a PDF labeled with the project TITLE ONLY. DO NOT include the name of the screenwriter(s) ANYWHERE on the PDF.
  • Complete all fields of the application and click the green SUBMIT box.
  • Choose one of the options for our contest and add it to your cart.
  • After you finalize payment and submission, you will receive a confirmation from Coverfly that you have successfully entered The Writers Lab contest.

In E.U. countries, copyright law protects intellectual property from the moment you create your work until 70 years after death, with no formal application process. If you wish, you may include a copyright notice to your work (such as “all rights reserved” text, or the © symbol with the year the work was created).  

What are the Submission period and Fees?

  • Submission window and fees are listed below. Please note, there is only one submission period and no deadline extensions.
    • The Writers Lab Europe submissions are open January 6th – February 7, 2022
    • Cost is $35 
      • With US Lab Submission add-on: $55
      • With US Lab Submission + Coverfly feedback package (available only with US Lab submissions): $115

What information will I need for the application?

  • Basic contact and biographical information (name, email address, contact phone number, mailing address, birth date, etc.).
    • Note: To confirm you meet the unique geographic mandate of this lab, you will be asked to provide your country of Birth, Residency and Nationality/Citizenship.
  • Script log line and genre.
  • Full-length narrative feature script written in English, in PDF format, preferably no more than 130 pages long and/or pilots (preferably no more than 44 pages (half-hour) or 75 pages (hour-long). Script lengths beyond the number of pages listed will incur a per-page surcharge.
  • Credit/Debit Card for payment.

Do I need to register or copyright my script before applying?

TWL requires copyright registration of scripts submitted to our U.S. and U.K. labs, but in E.U. countries, copyright law protects intellectual property from the moment you create your work until 70 years after death, with no formal application process. If you wish, you may include a copyright notice to your work, such as “all rights reserved” text, or the © symbol with the year the work was created.

If you are applying to the Europe Lab and select the additional US Lab add-on option, you will need to copyright your work. Information about US Copyright can be found at https://www.copyright.gov/registration/.

I've submitted to The Writers Lab US. Do I have to submit my script again to be considered for The Writers Lab Europe?

Yes, the TWL Europe submissions process will operate independently of the US Lab submissions process. Therefore, if you have already submitted to the US Lab you must submit separately to the Europe Lab. 

How many scripts can I apply with?

Writers may submit up to three (3) scripts. Each script requires a separate completed application, and a separate nonrefundable application fee paid by credit card.

Can writing partners apply?

Yes. Both writers must meet eligibility requirements.  (See Eligibility Requirements section below.) Please designate one writer as the primary contact, and list that writer first in the writing credits on the application

What if I can't pay by credit card?

Please e-mail contact@thewriterslab.nyc to discuss options. 

What if I can’t afford the application fee?

Please e-mail contact@thewriterslab.nyc with “Proof of Need” in the subject line to discuss the process. You will need to provide proof of public assistance with your application. 

What’s the absolute final deadline? Is it possible to get an extension?

The FINAL Deadline is now February 7, 2022, 11:59pm GMT. 

Is it possible to submit an updated draft after I apply?

Coverfly offers the option to upload a revised draft of your script after you have applied. Please be advised that once our evaluation process is underway your initial submission might have already been read by our evaluation team. If you are considering submitting a revision, keep in mind that our jurors are very experienced and thoughtful. A strong, carefully crafted script will stand out – even a script that needs work.

What if i can't submit online? Can I deliver my application in person?

If you are not able to submit electronically, please email contact@thewriterslab.nyc.

Why do you charge an application fee?

We use application fees to pay our independent readers, who carefully evaluate hundreds of scripts, through multiple rounds. The contributions of our primary donors cover only the costs of the Lab development programme.

Are there additional fees associated with attending the Lab?

The Writers Lab Europe is conducted virtually, so there are no additional expenses for those accepted to the Lab.

Should I have my industry contacts call or e-mail with references?

No. Our decisions are based on the material alone. Your work will speak for itself.

How will I be notified about acceptance?

All Lab notifications will be made via email. You will hear from us either way, whether accepted or not, on or before March 15, 2022.

I haven’t received my notification yet, but all my friends have. What’s wrong?

Notifications may be made on a rolling basis. Final decisions will be made on or before March 15, 2022.

What is The Writers Lab Europe Data Use and Privacy Policy?

The Writers Lab Europe

Privacy policy

  1. Introduction

1.1 We are committed to safeguarding the privacy of our website visitors, service users, individual customers and customer personnel.

1.2 This policy applies where we are acting as a data controller with respect to the personal data of such persons; in other words, where we determine the purposes and means of the processing of that personal data.

1.3 Our website incorporates privacy controls which affect how we will process your personal data. By contacting us, you can address the privacy controls via.

1.4 We use cookies on our website. Insofar as those cookies are not strictly necessary for the provision of [our website and services], we will ask you to consent to our use of cookies when you first visit our website.

1.5 In this policy, “we”, “us” and “our” refer to The Writers Lab, Untamed Stories, their agents, directors, staff and representatives 

  1. Credit

2.1 This document was created using a template from Docular (https://seqlegal.com/free-legal-documents/privacy-policy).

  1. The personal data that we collect

3.1 In this Section 3 we have set out the general categories of personal data that we process and, in the case of personal data that we did not obtain directly from you, information about the source and specific categories of that data.

3.2 We may process data enabling us to get in touch with you (“contact data“). The contact data may include your name, email address, telephone number, postal address and/or social media account identifiers. The source of the contact data is you. If you log into our website using a social media account, we will obtain elements of the contact data from the relevant social media account provider.

3.3 We may process your website user account data (“account data“). The account data may include your account identifier, name, email address, business name, account creation and modification dates, website settings and marketing preferences. The primary source of the account data is you and/or your employer, although some elements of the account data may be generated by our website. If you log into our website using a social media account, we will obtain elements of the account data from the relevant social media account provider.

3.4 We may process information relating to transactions, including purchases of goods and/or services, that you enter into with us and/or through our website (“transaction data“). The transaction data may include your name, your contact details, your payment card details (or other payment details) and the transaction details. The source of the transaction data is you and/or our payment services provider.

3.5 We may process information contained in or relating to any communication that you send to us or that we send to you (“communication data“). The communication data may include the communication content and metadata associated with the communication. Our website will generate the metadata associated with communications made using the website contact forms.]

3.6 We may process data about your use of our website and services (“usage data“). The usage data may include [your IP address, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views and website navigation paths, as well as information about the timing, frequency and pattern of your service use]. The source of the usage data is [our analytics tracking system].

3.7 We may process copyrighted content. This data may include creative content or intellectual property. We strongly encourage you to encrypt or watermark your copyrighted content and intellectual property. 

  1. Purposes of processing and legal bases

4.1 In this Section 4, we have set out the purposes for which we may process personal data and the legal bases of the processing.

4.2 Operations – We may process your personal data for the purposes of operating our website, communication of information about our programs, providing our services, supplying our goods, generating invoices, bills and other payment-related documentation, and credit control. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely the administration of a script development lab.

4.3 Publications – We may process account data for the purposes of publishing and sharing news and other information in connection with our services and programs on our website and elsewhere through our services. The legal basis for this processing is consent on the basis of your expressed interest in our programmes and services.

4.4 Relationships and communications – We may process contact data, account data, transaction data and/or communication data for the purposes of managing our relationships, communicating with you by email, SMS, post, fax and/or telephone, providing support services and complaint handling. The legal basis for this processing is our communication and administration of a script development lab and support for women-identifying screenwriters over 40 in the UK & Ireland, the maintenance of relationships, and the proper administration of our website, services and business.

4.5 Direct marketing – We may process contact data, account data and/or transaction data for the purposes of communicating about writer support programmes, promoting our business and communicating.

4.6 Research and analysis – We may process usage data and/or transaction data for the purposes of researching and analysing the use of our website and services, as well as researching and analysing other interactions with our business and the demographics of our target community. The legal basis for this processing is consent.

4.7 Record keeping – We may process your personal data for the purposes of creating and maintaining our databases, back-up copies of our databases and our business records generally. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely ensuring that we have access to all the information we need to properly and efficiently run our business in accordance with this policy.

4.8 Security – We may process your personal data for the purposes of security and the prevention of fraud and other criminal activity. The legal basis of this processing is our legitimate interests, namely the protection of our website, services and business, and the protection of others.

4.9 Insurance and risk management – We may process your personal data where necessary for the purposes of obtaining or maintaining insurance coverage, managing risks and/or obtaining professional advice. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely the proper protection of our business against risks.

4.10 Legal claims – We may process your personal data where necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims, whether in court proceedings or in an administrative or out-of-court procedure. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely the protection and assertion of our legal rights, your legal rights and the legal rights of others.

4.11 Legal compliance and vital interests – We may also process your personal data where such processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject or in order to protect your vital interests or the vital interests of another natural person.

  1. Providing your personal data to others

5.1 We may disclose your personal data to our insurers and/or professional advisers, partners and consultants insofar as reasonably necessary for the purposes of obtaining or maintaining insurance coverage, managing risks, obtaining professional advice and fulfilling our stated business objectives.

5.2 Your personal data held in our website database and may be stored on the servers of our hosting services providers

5.3 We may disclose your personal data to our partners and funders insofar as reasonably necessary for fulfilling our stated social and creative mandates.

5.4 Financial transactions relating to our website and services may be handled by our payment services providers. We will share transaction data with our payment services providers only to the extent necessary for the purposes of processing your payments, refunding such payments and dealing with complaints and queries relating to such payments and refunds. You can find information about the Coverfly privacy policies and practices at https://www.coverfly.com/privacy-policy/

5.5 In addition to the specific disclosures of personal data set out in this Section 5, we may disclose your personal data where such disclosure is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject, or in order to protect your vital interests or the vital interests of another natural person. We may also disclose your personal data where such disclosure is necessary for the establishment, exercise, or defence of legal claims, whether in court proceedings or in an administrative or out-of-court procedure.

  1. International transfers of your personal data

6.1 In this Section 6, we provide information about the circumstances in which your personal data may be transferred to The Writers Lab US.

6.2 The hosting facilities for our website are situated in the United Kingdom and the United States. The competent data protection authorities have made an “adequacy decision” with respect to the data protection laws of each of these countries. Transfers to each of these countries will be protected by appropriate safeguards, namely [the use of standard data protection clauses adopted or approved by the competent data protection authorities.

6.3 You acknowledge that personal data that you submit for publication through our website or services may be available, via the internet, around the world. We cannot prevent the use (or misuse) of such personal data by others.

  1. Retaining and deleting personal data

7.1 This Section 7 sets out our data retention policies and procedures, which are designed to help ensure that we comply with our legal obligations in relation to the retention and deletion of personal data.

7.2 Personal data that we process for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes.

7.3 We will retain your personal data as follows:

(a) Contact data will be retained for a minimum period of 1 year following the date of the most recent contact between you and us, and for a maximum period of 5 years following that date;

(b) Account data will be retained for a minimum period of 1 year following the date of the most recent contact between you and us, and for a maximum period of 5 years following that date;

(c) Transaction data will be retained for a minimum period of 1 year following the date of the most recent contact between you and us, and for a maximum period of 5 years following that date;

(d) Communication data will be retained for a minimum period of 1 year following the date of the most recent contact between you and us, and for a maximum period of 5 years following that date;

(e) Creative Content and Intellectual Property shared by you with us will be retained for a period of1 year following the date of the most recent contact between you and us, and for a maximum period of 5 years following that date;

7.4 Notwithstanding the other provisions of this Section 7, we may retain your personal data where such retention is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject, or in order to protect your vital interests or the vital interests of another natural person.

  1. Your rights

8.1 In this Section 8, we have listed the rights that you have under data protection law.

8.2 Your principal rights under data protection law are:

(a) the right to access – you can ask for copies of your personal data;

(b) the right to rectification – you can ask us to rectify inaccurate personal data and to complete incomplete personal data;

(c) the right to erasure – you can ask us to erase your personal data;

(d) the right to restrict processing – you can ask us to restrict the processing of your personal data;

(e) the right to object to processing – you can object to the processing of your personal data;

(f) the right to data portability – you can ask that we transfer your personal data to another organisation or to you;

(g) the right to complain to a supervisory authority – you can complain about our processing of your personal data; and

(h) the right to withdraw consent – to the extent that the legal basis of our processing of your personal data is consent, you can withdraw that consent.

8.3 These rights are subject to certain limitations and exceptions. You can learn more about the rights of data subjects by visiting https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-data-protection/guide-to-the-general-data-protection-regulation-gdpr/individual-rights/.

8.4 You may exercise any of your rights in relation to your personal data by written notice to us, using the contact details set out below.

  1. About cookies

9.1 A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.

9.2 Cookies may be either “persistent” cookies or “session” cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date; a session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.

9.3 Cookies may not contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal data that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.

  1. Cookies that we use

10.1 We use cookies for the following purposes:

(a) authentication and status – we use cookies to identify you when you visit our website and as you navigate our website, and to help us determine if you are logged into our website;

(b) personalisation – we use cookies [to store information about your preferences and to personalise our website for you;

(c) security – we use cookies as an element of the security measures used to protect user accounts, including preventing fraudulent use of login credentials, and to protect our website and services generally;

(e) analysis – we use cookies [to help us to analyse the use and performance of our website and services]; and

(f) cookie consent – we use cookies to store your preferences in relation to the use of cookies more generally.

  1. Cookies used by our service providers

11.1 Our service providers use cookies and those cookies may be stored on your computer when you visit our website.

11.2 We use Google Analytics. Google Analytics gathers information about the use of our website by means of cookies. The information gathered is used to create reports about the use of our website. You can find out more about Google’s use of information by visiting https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/ and you can review Google’s privacy policy at https://policies.google.com/privacy.

11.3 We use WordPress to host our Website. You can view the privacy policy of this service provider at https://wordpress.org/about/privacy/.

  1. Managing cookies

12.1 Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies and to delete cookies. The methods for doing so vary from browser to browser, and from version to version. You can however obtain up-to-date information about blocking and deleting cookies via these links:

(a) https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647 (Chrome);

(b) https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-and-disable-cookies-website-preferences (Firefox);

(c) https://help.opera.com/en/latest/security-and-privacy/ (Opera);

(d) https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/17442/windows-internet-explorer-delete-manage-cookies (Internet Explorer);

(e) https://support.apple.com/en-gb/guide/safari/manage-cookies-and-website-data-sfri11471/mac (Safari); and

(f) https://privacy.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10-microsoft-edge-and-privacy (Edge).

12.2 Blocking all cookies will have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites.

12.3 If you block cookies, you will not be able to use all the features on our website.

  1. Amendments

13.1 We may update this policy from time to time by publishing a new version on our website.

13.2 You should check this page occasionally to ensure you are happy with any changes to this policy.

13.3 We notify you of significant changes to this policy by email.

  1. Our details

14.1 This website is owned and operated by New York Women In Film & Television.

14.2 We are registered in the United States, and our registered office is at 6 East 39th Street #1200, New York, NY 10016.

14.3 Our principal place of business is virtual.

14.4 You can contact us 

(a) by post, to the postal address given above;

(b) using our website contact form;

(c) by telephone, on the contact number published on our website; or

(d) by email, using at contact@thewriterslab.nyc 

Eligibility

Am I eligible to apply?

The Writers Lab Europe has specific eligibility requirements related to age, gender, nationality, country of residence, and language.

The Writers Lab is open to women writers over 40. We honor the fact that gender is personal and specific and seek to create an inclusive and supportive community. In addition, applicants must be age 40 or over as of the first day of the lab to which they are applying (born on or before April 7, 1982), and submit a completed narrative feature or pilot. 

Additionally, for The Writers Lab Europe, applicants must be residents of any country within the continent of Europe (EXCLUDING the UK, as TWL runs a separate Lab for UK-based writers).

If your script is not written in English originally:

  • You will need to translate no less than 20 pages to submit by February 7.
  • Please include a 250- to 300-word synopsis in English.

Please note that a full translation will be required for participation in TWL Europe. You will be notified by March 1 if your script is advancing, and you will need to provide a full translation by March 15th.

The Lab itself will be conducted in English. We understand that English may not be your first language. This does not affect your eligibility to participate in The Writers Lab Europe.
Finally, if your script is written predominantly in English, but includes occasional dialogue in other languages, it is eligible for submission. (Tip: When including dialogue in other languages, we don’t recommend including the translation of every non-English line, as doubling up can slow the pace – and is often unnecessary.)
During the lab, some writers who have written in English may be encouraged to have their project translated to their original or local language, which we will do by engaging a local translator who is a good creative fit for the writer.

 

 

Why does the application ask for my birth date?

Your birthdate is necessary for us to confirm age eligibility, as outlined in the previous question. 

Do I need to provide proof of birth date or residence with my application?

No, you do not need to submit these documents with your application. However, accepted writers may need to provide supporting documentation in some circumstances.

Are scripts written in languages other than English eligible for submission?

If your script is not written in English originally:

  • You will need to translate no less than 20 pages to submit by February 7.
  • Please include a 250- to 300-word synopsis in English.

Please note that a full translation will be required for participation in TWL Europe. You will be notified by March 1 if your script is advancing, and you will need to provide a full translation by March 15th.

The Lab itself will be conducted in English. We understand that English may not be your first language. This does not affect your eligibility to participate in The Writers Lab Europe.
Finally, if your script is written predominantly in English, but includes occasional dialogue in other languages, it is eligible for submission. (Tip: When including dialogue in other languages, we don’t recommend including the translation of every non-English line, as doubling up can slow the pace – and is often unnecessary.)
During the lab, some writers who have written in English may be encouraged to have their project translated to their original or local language, which we will do by engaging a local translator who is a good creative fit for the writer.

I don't have much experience. Does that affect my chances at the Lab?

Absolutely not. The Lab seeks to foster exciting voices, regardless of professional experience. However, The Lab does NOT teach screenwriting basics. Submissions must exhibit knowledge of screenwriting formatting, standards, technique and style.

The Lab Intensive

What are The Writers Lab Europe dates?

TWL Europe is scheduled for April 7th-10th, 2022. (Dates subject to change.)

Does The Writers Lab provide transportation to the Lab?

TWL Europe is a virtual Lab, so transportation is not required.

What kind of production support does the Lab offer?

The Writers Lab is a script development lab. We are not a producing lab, nor do we offer any kind of production funding. However, in addition to connecting participants with a peer group of driven and talented writers, The Writers Lab Europe offers 6-months access to, and interaction with, a range of other film industry professionals. 

If my script is good enough to be accepted, why do I need to develop it further?

Any script accepted to our Lab will benefit from further development. And, beyond script development, the Lab offers a unique chance to connect with a supportive community of peers and industry professionals.

What is the time commitment for TWL Europe?

The Writers Lab Europe is a 6 month Lab. It begins with four days of rigorous virtual sessions, followed by up to 4 hours of individual support sessions each subsequent month. This time beyond the initial intensive supports writers as they further develop their script, and allows time for writers to be connected to the industry. Participants should expect to have multiple meetings each month, and to complete multiple drafts of their project. 

 

We understand that many of our writers lead busy lives, and will strive to accommodate individual time restraints and scheduling requests whenever possible.

The Script

Is there a correct length for a script?

Features are generally between 90 and 120 pages; half-hour pilots are 22-44 pages; and hour-long pilots are 45-75 pages (depending on genre and other factors). 

 

Please note that feature screenplays longer than 130 pages, and pilots longer than 44 pages (half-hour) or 75 pages (hour-long), will incur a per-page surcharge to the application.

Are there any requirements regarding the software I use to write my script?

The Writers Lab has no software preference, as long as the script uses industry standard formatting, and is converted to a PDF before submission.

What file formats can I use to save my script before I submit?

All scripts must be submitted as PDF files. All film industry professionals expect scripts in PDF format, so this is a good opportunity to format your script to industry standards.

Will you consider scripts not written in English?

Please see the ELIGIBILITY section above.

Can I reapply with a script previously submitted to The Writers Lab?

We welcome re-submissions, as long as the script has undergone a substantial revision that has addressed the following:

  • Are all characters clearly and respectfully introduced, established, and fully realized, with a clear need and arc?
  • Is every line of dialogue necessary, either revealing character or moving the plot along?
  • Are the descriptions well written, specific and succinct?
  • Will this story speak to a wide audience?
  • Is this story right for this Lab? Does it tell a story from a POV not generally seen, or for an underserved audience?
  • Does the script follow standard formatting protocols? Has it been carefully proofread so that readers will not struggle with typos, long paragraphs, or confusing scenes?

Can I submit a script based on a book, or an adaptation?

Yes, we will consider scripts based on prior works as long as you have secured the underlying rights to the material. We ask for proof of rights, in the form of a contact, e-mail, or letter, if your script reaches the Finalist level in the selection process. 

What does The Writers Lab consider "complete"?

While the Lab will consider scripts at various stages of development, the draft submitted must meet the following standards of completion:

  • Scripts must be either feature-length polished drafts, in the 90- to 120-page range, OR polished pilots that are 22-44 pages (half-hour) or 45-75 pages (hour-long). 
  • We will not consider screenplay fragments, treatments, synopses, book excerpts, or stage plays.
  • Each script should show a strong understanding of screenwriting technique and style.

Will my ideas be protected?

We will make all reasonable and customary efforts to protect your ideas. Intellectual property is also protected under EU law.

Do you accept scripts that have been submitted elsewhere?

Yes. We have no restrictions on material that has been to, or developed through, other labs, workshops or programs.

Top Reasons Your Script Was Not Selected

Typos, spelling and/or formatting errors

Proofread, proofread, proofread. It matters.

Poor or confusing world building

World needs to be clearly, economically, and cinematically established (especially in genre scripts).

Poor or confusing story setup

Choose a main story and set it up clearly for your audience. Many scripts take on too much and lose their way.

Weak protagonist arc (often because the stakes are low)

Clearly establish your protagonist’s need and obstacles, and make sure you see it through, so your audience cares.

Script is overwritten

Most film stories can be told in well under 120 pages. Every line or sentence should add to the story, not repeat or distract, so cut what you can to keep your story moving.

Excessive and/or ineffective dialogue

Ask yourself: Is that line essential? Is it stating subtext or exposition that can be SHOWN? Does it successfully build conflict? Does it reveal character through wit and/or texture?  

Ineffective description

Have you written too little? (Set your scenes! Introduce your characters! Include important visual details!) OR, do you have way too much? (Don’t describe characters’ feelings, camera shots, or back story.) And, break up blocks of description into easily digestible bites.

Concept is overdone or lacks relevance

Old or new, your story must stand out, with new insights into universal themes or compelling characters or perspectives. At the same time, know your cliches and tropes, and when to use or lose. 

Uncinematic storytelling

Make sure your story unfolds visually and aurally (but use music references with care – because referencing unlicensed songs can reveal lack of screenwriting savvy: suggest only –  “She sings something like …”)

Poor or clichéd gender representation.

TWL doesn’t require a woman protagonist, but we definitely notice scripts that pass the Bechdel test, and wince when female characters are introduced solely as “beautiful/hot/pretty/curvy.” This applies to gender across the spectrum. TWL isn’t interested in gender clichés, tokenism or stereotypes. We champion complex and compelling characters, and stories that provide an authentic experience and point of view.

Data Use and Privacy Policy

What is The Writers Lab Europe Data Use and Privacy Policy?

The Writers Lab Europe

Privacy policy

 

  1. Introduction

1.1 We are committed to safeguarding the privacy of our website visitors, service users, individual customers and customer personnel.

 

1.2 This policy applies where we are acting as a data controller with respect to the personal data of such persons; in other words, where we determine the purposes and means of the processing of that personal data.

 

1.3 Our website incorporates privacy controls which affect how we will process your personal data. You may contact us to address any questions about privacy controls.

 

1.4 We use cookies on our website. Insofar as those cookies are not strictly necessary for the provision of our website and services, we will ask you to consent to our use of cookies when you first visit our website.

 

1.5 In this policy, “we”, “us” and “our” refer to The Writers Lab, Untamed Stories, their agents, directors, staff and representatives 

 

  1. Credit

2.1 This document was created using a template from Docular (https://seqlegal.com/free-legal-documents/privacy-policy).

 

  1. The personal data that we collect

3.1 In this Section 3 we have set out the general categories of personal data that we process and, in the case of personal data that we did not obtain directly from you, information about the source and specific categories of that data.

 

3.2 We may process data enabling us to get in touch with you (“contact data”). The contact data may include your name, email address, telephone number, postal address and/or social media account identifiers. The source of the contact data is you. If you log into our website using a social media account, we will obtain elements of the contact data from the relevant social media account provider.

 

3.3 We may process your website user account data (“account data”). The account data may include your account identifier, name, email address, business name, account creation and modification dates, website settings and marketing preferences. The primary source of the account data is you and/or your employer, although some elements of the account data may be generated by our website. If you log into our website using a social media account, we will obtain elements of the account data from the relevant social media account provider.

 

3.4 We may process information relating to transactions, including purchases of goods and/or services, that you enter into with us and/or through our website (“transaction data”). The transaction data may include your name, your contact details, your payment card details (or other payment details) and the transaction details. The source of the transaction data is you and/or our payment services provider.

 

3.5 We may process information contained in or relating to any communication that you send to us or that we send to you (“communication data”). The communication data may include the communication content and metadata associated with the communication. Our website will generate the metadata associated with communications made using the website contact forms.

 

3.6 We may process data about your use of our website and services (“usage data”). The usage data may include your IP address, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views and website navigation paths, as well as information about the timing, frequency and pattern of your service use. The source of the usage data is our analytics tracking system.

 

3.7 We may process copyrighted content. This data may include creative content or intellectual property. We strongly encourage you to encrypt or watermark your copyrighted content and intellectual property. 

 

  1. Purposes of processing and legal bases

4.1 In this Section 4, we have set out the purposes for which we may process personal data and the legal bases of the processing.

 

4.2 Operations – We may process your personal data for the purposes of operating our website, communication of information about our programs, providing our services, supplying our goods, generating invoices, bills and other payment-related documentation, and credit control. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely the administration of a script development lab.

 

4.3 Publications – We may process account data for the purposes of publishing and sharing news and other information in connection with our services and programs on our website and elsewhere through our services. The legal basis for this processing is consent on the basis of your expressed interest in our programmes and services.

 

4.4 Relationships and communications – We may process contact data, account data, transaction data and/or communication data for the purposes of managing our relationships, communicating with you by email, SMS, post, fax and/or telephone, providing support services and complaint handling. The legal basis for this processing is our communication and administration of a script development lab and support for women-identifying screenwriters over 40, the maintenance of relationships, and the proper administration of our website, services and business.

 

4.5 Direct marketing – We may process contact data, account data and/or transaction data for the purposes of communicating about writer support programmes, promoting our business and communicating.

 

4.6 Research and analysis – We may process usage data and/or transaction data for the purposes of researching and analysing the use of our website and services, as well as researching and analysing other interactions with our business and the demographics of our target community. The legal basis for this processing is consent.

 

4.7 Record keeping – We may process your personal data for the purposes of creating and maintaining our databases, back-up copies of our databases and our business records generally. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely ensuring that we have access to all the information we need to properly and efficiently run our business in accordance with this policy.

 

4.8 Security – We may process your personal data for the purposes of security and the prevention of fraud and other criminal activity. The legal basis of this processing is our legitimate interests, namely the protection of our website, services and business, and the protection of others.

 

4.9 Insurance and risk management – We may process your personal data where necessary for the purposes of obtaining or maintaining insurance coverage, managing risks and/or obtaining professional advice. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely the proper protection of our business against risks.

 

4.10 Legal claims – We may process your personal data where necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims, whether in court proceedings or in an administrative or out-of-court procedure. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely the protection and assertion of our legal rights, your legal rights and the legal rights of others.

 

4.11 Legal compliance and vital interests – We may also process your personal data where such processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject or in order to protect your vital interests or the vital interests of another natural person.

 

  1. Providing your personal data to others

5.1 We may disclose your personal data to our insurers and/or professional advisers, partners and consultants insofar as reasonably necessary for the purposes of obtaining or maintaining insurance coverage, managing risks, obtaining professional advice and fulfilling our stated business objectives.

 

5.2 Your personal data is held in our website database and may be stored on the servers of our hosting services providers.

 

5.3 We may disclose your personal data to our partners and funders insofar as reasonably necessary for fulfilling our stated social and creative mandates.

 

5.4 Financial transactions relating to our website and services may be handled by our payment services providers. We will share transaction data with our payment services providers only to the extent necessary for the purposes of processing your payments, refunding such payments and dealing with complaints and queries relating to such payments and refunds. You can find information about the Coverfly privacy policies and practices at https://www.coverfly.com/privacy-policy/

 

5.5 In addition to the specific disclosures of personal data set out in this Section 5, we may disclose your personal data where such disclosure is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject, or in order to protect your vital interests or the vital interests of another natural person. We may also disclose your personal data where such disclosure is necessary for the establishment, exercise, or defence of legal claims, whether in court proceedings or in an administrative or out-of-court procedure.

 

  1. International transfers of your personal data

6.1 In this Section 6, we provide information about the circumstances in which your personal data may be transferred to The Writers Lab US.

 

6.2 The hosting facilities for our website are situated in the United Kingdom and the United States. The competent data protection authorities have made an “adequacy decision” with respect to the data protection laws of each of these countries. Transfers to each of these countries will be protected by appropriate safeguards, namely the use of standard data protection clauses adopted or approved by the competent data protection authorities.

 

6.3 You acknowledge that personal data that you submit for publication through our website or services may be available, via the internet, around the world. We cannot prevent the use (or misuse) of such personal data by others.

 

  1. Retaining and deleting personal data

7.1 This Section 7 sets out our data retention policies and procedures, which are designed to help ensure that we comply with our legal obligations in relation to the retention and deletion of personal data.

 

7.2 Personal data that we process for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes.

 

7.3 We will retain your personal data as follows:

(a) Contact data will be retained for a minimum period of 1 year following the date of the most recent contact between you and us, and for a maximum period of 5 years following that date;

(b) Account data will be retained for a minimum period of 1 year following the date of the most recent contact between you and us, and for a maximum period of 5 years following that date;

(c) Transaction data will be retained for a minimum period of 1 year following the date of the most recent contact between you and us, and for a maximum period of 5 years following that date;

(d) Communication data will be retained for a minimum period of 1 year following the date of the most recent contact between you and us, and for a maximum period of 5 years following that date;

(e) Creative Content and Intellectual Property shared by you with us will be retained for a period of1 year following the date of the most recent contact between you and us, and for a maximum period of 5 years following that date;

 

7.4 Notwithstanding the other provisions of this Section 7, we may retain your personal data where such retention is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject, or in order to protect your vital interests or the vital interests of another natural person.

 

  1. Your rights

8.1 In this Section 8, we have listed the rights that you have under data protection law.

 

8.2 Your principal rights under data protection law are:

(a) the right to access – you can ask for copies of your personal data;

(b) the right to rectification – you can ask us to rectify inaccurate personal data and to complete incomplete personal data;

(c) the right to erasure – you can ask us to erase your personal data;

(d) the right to restrict processing – you can ask us to restrict the processing of your personal data;

(e) the right to object to processing – you can object to the processing of your personal data;

(f) the right to data portability – you can ask that we transfer your personal data to another organisation or to you;

(g) the right to complain to a supervisory authority – you can complain about our processing of your personal data; and

(h) the right to withdraw consent – to the extent that the legal basis of our processing of your personal data is consent, you can withdraw that consent.

 

8.3 These rights are subject to certain limitations and exceptions. You can learn more about the rights of data subjects by visiting https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/law-topic/data-protection/data-protection-eu_en

 

8.4 You may exercise any of your rights in relation to your personal data by written notice to us, using the contact details set out below.

 

  1. About cookies

9.1 A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.

 

9.2 Cookies may be either “persistent” cookies or “session” cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date; a session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.

 

9.3 Cookies may not contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal data that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.

 

  1. Cookies that we use

10.1 We use cookies for the following purposes:

(a) authentication and status – we use cookies to identify you when you visit our website and as you navigate our website, and to help us determine if you are logged into our website;

(b) personalisation – we use cookies to store information about your preferences and to personalise our website for you;

(c) security – we use cookies as an element of the security measures used to protect user accounts, including preventing fraudulent use of login credentials, and to protect our website and services generally;

(e) analysis – we use cookies [to help us to analyse the use and performance of our website and services; and

(f) cookie consent – we use cookies to store your preferences in relation to the use of cookies more generally.

 

  1. Cookies used by our service providers

11.1 Our service providers use cookies and those cookies may be stored on your computer when you visit our website.

 

11.2 We use Google Analytics. Google Analytics gathers information about the use of our website by means of cookies. The information gathered is used to create reports about the use of our website. You can find out more about Google’s use of information by visiting https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/, and you can review Google’s privacy policy at https://policies.google.com/privacy.

 

11.3 We use WordPress to host our Website. You can view the privacy policy of this service provider at https://wordpress.org/about/privacy/.

 

  1. Managing cookies

12.1 Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies and to delete cookies. The methods for doing so vary from browser to browser, and from version to version. You can however obtain up-to-date information about blocking and deleting cookies via these links:

(a) https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647 (Chrome);

(b) https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-and-disable-cookies-website-preferences (Firefox);

(c) https://help.opera.com/en/latest/security-and-privacy/ (Opera);

(d) https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/17442/windows-internet-explorer-delete-manage-cookies (Internet Explorer);

(e) https://support.apple.com/en-gb/guide/safari/manage-cookies-and-website-data-sfri11471/mac (Safari); and

(f) https://privacy.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10-microsoft-edge-and-privacy (Edge).

 

12.2 Blocking all cookies will have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites.

 

12.3 If you block cookies, you will not be able to use all the features on our website.

 

  1. Amendments

13.1 We may update this policy from time to time by publishing a new version on our website.

 

13.2 You should check this page occasionally to ensure you are happy with any changes to this policy.

 

13.3 We notify you of significant changes to this policy by email.

 

  1. Our details

14.1 This website is owned and operated by New York Women In Film & Television.

 

14.2 We are registered in the United States, and our registered office is at 6 East 39th Street #1200, New York, NY 10016.

 

14.3 Our principal place of business is virtual.

 

14.4 You can contact us 

(a) by post, to the postal address given above;

(b) using our website contact form;

(c) by telephone, on the contact number published on our website; or

(d) by email at contact@thewriterslab.nyc 

If you have any other questions or problems, email contact@thewriterslab.nyc