2020-21 Features Lab

Our inaugural 1497 Features Lab took place virtually in 2020-2021. 5 Mentees with 4 scripts were selected to move through the Lab. 

  • Toby Fell Holden – White Lies – The lies of a charismatic but troubled teenager living in a coastal town beset with civil unrest, finds herself caught between a fractured community and the allure of a new Muslim student.

  • Sofian Khan The Ones We Left Behind — An African-American soldier, Cole, struggles to help his friend Shah, an Afghan interpreter who saved Cole’s life, to find safety in the aftermath of war.​

  • Swetha Regunathan Sundarbans – An adrift young photographer finds an anchor in her father over a sweltering summer in the Sundarbans – a rough-and-tumble delta region in West Bengal, India – after she discovers he’s going blind and battling both human and unhuman forces that threaten to sink paradise forever.

  • Kaushik Sampath & Prashanth Vanchy – Qualia — When a 12-year old girl with cerebral palsy discovers that her astrophysicist father had secretly made contact with an extra-terrestrial intelligence, she’s pursued by government agents that lead her to uncover an extraordinary truth, threatening her very existence on earth.


Click an image for more information on all of our 2020-2021 Lab Mentees, Mentors, Industry Advisors, and Selection Committee members. 


Note, all bios are current as of December 2020