Over 5 intensive sessions, up to 8 directors gather to discuss their upcoming film projects. Directors will breakdown a scene from their film. What are the dynamics between the characters, turning points in the scene, information which needs to put across or withhold from the audience, how should the audience be feeling at this point. 

Each director will cast their protagonist from a pool of actors who will be present during the lab. Directors will go through the audition process and tap into how to communicate with actors and how to look out for the right things during the process. 

Directors will also draft a shot list for the scene and present it to allow a discussion on how their vision can be achieved, whilst also retaining the performance. 

Eligibility guidelines:
. Must be working on a narrative short or debut feature film
. Must have a treatment or several scenes from their project written
. Must have written or directed at least one or two short films
. Applicant must be originally from the MENASA region (check eligible countries below)
. Application form must be completed and signed. Any incomplete application will be disregarded.

How to apply:
Fill the initial online form (available only when submissions are open).
You will receive the application by email shortly after. 
Fill the application form and send it along with the pre-selection required material to the email assigned in the form.
Pre-selected applicants will be asked to send additional supporting documents. Only finalists will be invited for an online interview.

List of material for initial submissions: 
. Completed and signed application form  
. Cover letter
. Treatment (up to 5 pages)
. Filmmaker(s) biography and filmography

Pre-selection supporting documents: 
. Intention note
. Extract of several scenes from the screenplay (preferably with no more than 3 characters)
. Links to previous work

Eligible countries:
Middle East & territories: Egypt, Iran, Turkey, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Cyprus.
Africa: ALL
Southeast Europe: Malta & Greece
South/Southeast Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, India, Indonisia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam. 



November 2-7, 2015

Lab mentor:
Rebecca Cremona, director of Maltese feature film Simshar (See biography below)

Early bird deadline: October 5, 2015
Late deadline: October 15, 2015

With the support of Roberto Cimetta Fund



In 2006, Rebecca graduated with a first class BFA in 'Film and Comparative Literature' from the University of Warwick (UK). Her first short 'My Story/L-Istorja Tieghi' got her into the legendary American Film Institute Conservatory (US) where she directed 3 short films, and production designed 3 others.
With a generous scholarship from Art Center College of Design (US), Rebecca transferred there to complete her Masters in Directing. At ACCD she wrote and directed 'Magdalene' which won a Director’s Guild of America student Jury Prize, an Honorable mention at the student Emmy's, and was picked up for distribution by Shorts International at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival. Multiple Academy Award winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski stated that "Magdalene is unparalleled in beauty and sensibility".
Rebecca worked closely with the camera departments on Spielberg's 'Munich' and Amenabar's 'Agora'; the art departments of ITV/Granada and Saga film; and in the development team at 'Kennedy/Marshall'.
‘Simshar’ is her first feature length film and the first entry ever from Malta for Academy Award consideration in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
Rebecca is represented by Beverly Hills talent agency ‘Management 360.