CINEPHILIA SCREENWRITING LAB FOR SHORTS
October 4-16, 2017
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ARAB FILM FESTIVAL
WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE CITY OF ROTTERDAM
Regular deadline: July 15 | Application fee: $30
Late deadline: July 30 | Late application fee: $40
Selection announcement: August 22, 2017.
READ THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS CAREFULLY BEFORE APPLYING.
APPLICANTS WHO FAIL TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS AND THE DEADLINE WILL NOT BE REFUNDED THE APPLICATION FEE & THEIR APPLICATION WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
ABOUT ARAB FILM FESTIVAL
The Arab Film Festival is an artistic forum where a nuanced image of the cultural, political, social and artistic situation in the Arab world is shown and in which films about hot topics in the Arab communities in Europe are programmed. By doing this, Arab Film Festival creates space for an open dialogue about art, human rights, emancipation and political freedom in Arab countries and in Europe as a whole and in the Netherlands in particular. Dutch people with Arab roots get the chance to stay updated on the latest developments in their countries of origin in a way that goes beyond official media, mosques or their own social networks. The Arab Film Festival offers a good occasion to attract urban youth that generally don’t feel attracted to mainstream cultural events. The Arab Film Film Festival considers the development of young talents of the utmost importance and therefore organizes workshops and masterclasses given by filmmakers from the Arab World and Europe. Furthermore, we dedicate a part of the program to experimental films and developing talent. The Arab Film Film Festival is organized by the Foundation WaaR art and culture. The foundation has several goals including promoting nuanced imaging in the cultural and societal atmosphere by producing or employment of audio-visual tools.
Official festival website: https://arabfilmfestival.nl/
ABOUT LAB MENTOR
Darine Hotait (Lab founder & mentor) is an American Lebanese writer, film director and the founder of Cinephilia Productions. She wrote and directed a number of short films that went on to received multiple awards at International film festivals. Her most recent short film I SAY DUST (2015) screened at over 70 international film festivals such as HBO's Outfest and received multiple awards for Best Short Fiction. Her films were acquired and distributed by prestigious platforms such as AMC Networks, Sundance Channel, Shorts International, BBC Channel & Journal of Short Films. Her work mainly focuses on bridging literature and cinema while embodying a scientific approach and giving predominance to the science fiction genre.
Her feature screenplays were selected at International Scriptwriters' Pavilion at Cannes Film Festival, and were among the top 5 finalists at Hearst Screenwriting Competition and Sundance Sloan competition.
Aside from film, Darine is a published playwright and short story writer. Her science fiction literary work appeared in various publications in print and online as well as featured in exhibitions in New York, Berlin and London.
Darine is a 2017 literary fellow at New York Foundation For The Arts where she's completing her short stories collection.
She resides in New York City.
JURY MEMBERS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON