Climate Story Lab

Climate Story Lab, UK 2020


The Climate Story Lab, NY 2019


Curated by Doc Society and Exposure Labs, Climate Story Lab UK is taking place in London the week of March 9th, 2020.  Supported by the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, British Council and BFI NETWORK, this will be the second edition following the inaugural event in New York in July 2019. 

Climate communication is more critical than ever before: we need the best storytelling to reach its full potential and hit the audiences that matter. Born of this conviction, Climate Story Lab UK will catalyse the most urgent and compelling media projects being made in the UK right now and convene those at the forefront of climate crisis truth-telling and expertise. 

This lab is the second in a series of interventions bringing together the creative and campaigning expertise of Exposure Labs and Doc Society with the best of the Good Pitch Impact Labs and a laser determination to accelerate climate communication. 

Over four days in London in March, we will bring together nine of the best creative storytellers with climate experts - scientists, economists, political strategists, faith leaders, cultural curators, journalists, grass roots campaigners - for four days of radical collaboration. Together, this powerful group will strategise with the teams and help them to imagine how best to inspire citizens, engage politicians and mobilise communities with these projects.


We are looking for up to 9 creative storytelling projects with climate at their heart. We want to work with ambitious teams who are poised to launch straight into strategic partnerships with organisers and funders. We are looking for projects with the potential to combine powerful storytelling with innovative impact distribution strategies.

  • We will be focusing on films set in the UK or international projects which will resonate with UK audiences.
  • We are looking for media projects which are ready for release within the next 12 months.
  • These projects could be feature length films (in the phase of post-production through to early distribution), episodic series, short films, VR projects or podcasts.
  • We welcome both nonfiction and fiction projects to apply.
  • For each creative project selected, we can support 2 team members to attend the lab in London the week of 9th March. This team might include the Director, Producer, Impact Producer, film protagonist - and we will cover travel & hotels. 

To find out more about what kind of projects we are looking for - please have a look at the selection for the Climate Story Lab NYC. 

WHEN?         w/c March 9th, 2020
LOCATION?   Central London

Apply Here

DEADLINE:        Wednesday 4 December 2019, 12pm GMT 
QUESTIONS?      Contact 

We will also be inviting up to 12 global organisations who want to take CSL home
Whether a festival, film fund, cultural centre, museum - we will also be offering a dozen places to colleagues who are interested to host a Climate Story Lab in their community.  As well as providing a digital / film Climate Story Lab toolkit including all the resources needed to facilitate rapid repeat events. 

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David and Linda