CINEPHILIA SCREENWRITING LAB FOR SHORTS
CURRENT OPEN CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
June 27 - July 8, 2018
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
INSTITUT DU MONDE ARABE (IMA) - ARAB WORLD INSTITUTE
LAB TAKING PLACE DURING
FESTIVAL DES CINÉMAS ARABES À PARIS - FESTIVAL OF ARAB CINEMA IN PARIS
Submissions are now closed.
Selection announcement: May 10, 2018.
Read THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS and HOW THE LAB WORKS carefully before applying. HERE
APPLICANTS WHO FAIL TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS AND THE DEADLINE WILL NOT BE REFUNDED THE APPLICATION FEE & THEIR APPLICATION WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
Watch the final jury reading session from 2016 Shorts Lab in Rotterdam.
1. Fill the online application form (below)
2. Settle the non-refundable application fee
SUPPORTING MATERIALS SUBMITTED AFTER THE DEADLINE WILL NOT BE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION AND THE APPLICATION WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.
Send by email the following list of required documents. Documents must be in English language.
Make sure your documents are PDF files 'Your name_project title'. Must combine all files in one document.
- A Statement of need: Why do you want to participate in Cinephilia Screenwriting Lab for Shorts (maximum 500 words)
- Filmmaker intention note: Why this project? (maximum 500 words)
- Treatment of maximum 3 pages of the proposed project and/or a 1st screenplay draft if available
- For screenwriters only: 1 screenplay work sample (No more than 5 pages. Choose the 5 pages that best represent your work. They don't have to be the first 5 pages). This screenplay is a different screenplay than the one your are submitting to develop at Cinephilia Screenwriting Lab for Shorts. This could be a produced or not produced screenplay.
Send all the documents to firstname.lastname@example.org
All documents must be received by April 25, 2018. Failure to send documents by the deadline will result in application being disqualified.
Selected filmmakers will be notified by email on May 10, 2018.
A selection panel will choose applicants based on their proposed project, previous works, as well as the written material supplied in the application.
Applicants receive a notification when their application and all supporting documents have been received and transferred to the selection panel. Notifications to all applicants will be sent via email after the selection panel has made its final decision. Please do NOT send emails asking for updates. You will hear from us once we have finalized our process.
Cinephilia Productions does not provide a feedback to applicants. However, we understand how important it is for your creative process to receive objective criticism on your work that contributes to your progress. Applicants have the option to receive a 1-page feedback on their project from our Cinephilia in-house consultants for an additional fee. Non-selected applicants can send a request for feedback with 1 month of selection announcement.
A non-refundable application fee is required with each application. Application fee is $40 USD. This fee covers administrative expenses and costs for the review panel. Payment is due at the time you submit your application electronically.
Please do not ask for a fee waiver. We do not provide waivers. The only payment we accept is via our online form. Please do not email asking for alternative ways to make payment. You will need a debit/credit card to process your application fee.
Filmmakers must arrive to Paris on June 26, 2018.
Filmmakers will be staying at the Cité Internationale Des Arts
Lab dates: June 27- July 7 (sessions on June 27, 28, 29, 30, July 2 & 3)
One on one sessions: July 4 (30 minutes session between filmmaker and mentor)
Reading session in the presence of jury (Actors will be be present to read): July 6
Awards Ceremony: July 7 (Best Screenplay Award to be presented during Festival of Arab Cinema official Awards Ceremony)
Filmmakers departure: July 8
Days off: July 1 & 5 (these are days for the filmmakers to work on their scripts alone)
All lab sessions will take place at IMA
By clicking 'APPLY' you will be directed to fill the application form and pay the non-refundable application fee (40$).
SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.
ABOUT OUR PARTNER
INSTITUT DU MONDE ARABE (IMA) / ARAB WORLD INSTITUTE was designed to create some strong and durable cultural ties while cultivating constructive dialogue between the Arab World, France, and Europe. This cross-discipline space is the ideal place for the development of cultural projects, in collaboration with institutions, creators and thinkers from the Arab world.
The Arab World Institute is fully anchored in the present. It aims to reflect the Arab world’s current dynamics. It intends to make a distinctive contribution to the institutional cultural landscape. No other organization in the world offers such a wide range of events in connection with the Arab world. Debates, colloquia, seminars, conferences, dance shows, concerts, films, books, meetings, language and culture courses, large exhibitions all participate in raising awareness of this unique and vibrant world.
The Arab World Institute also aims to create partnerships with non-governmental organizations, schools, and other renowned European cultural institutions such as the Comédie Française, Bozar (Brussels), the Louvre, and Maison Européenne de la Photographie. Many projects are underway, including the opening of an “inclusive knowledge” university (subject to availability of funds), which will add to the contribution of the Arab World History Rendezvous (Rendez-vous de l’Histoire du monde arabe).
Official festival website: https://www.imarabe.org/en
FESTIVAL DES CINÉMAS ARABES À PARIS - FESTIVAL OF ARAB CINEMA IN PARIS
Between 1992 and 2006, the Festival of Arab Cinema in Paris at the Arab World Institute (IMA) was the unique point of meeting between filmmakers from the Arab world and filmmakers of the diaspora. In 2006, the 8th and last edition of the festival attracted over 13500 festival attendants. The festival has been presided by major personalities such as Jane Birkin, Costa-Gavras, Amin Maalouf, Omar Sharif... The festival contributed to the discovery of a number of influential filmmakers such as Abderrahmane Sissako, Elia Suleiman, Tariq Teguia...
In its 2018 edition, the festival will present numerous films in competition from the Arab world and diaspora, a tribute to Jean Chamoun and Mahmoud Zemmouri, a focus on Saudi Arabian cinema, a number of panels, networking events and special sessions.
ABOUT LAB MENTOR
Darine Hotait (Lab founder & mentor) is an American Lebanese writer, film director and the founder of Cinephilia Productions in New York. She has written & directed numerous short films that screened at international film festivals such as HBO's Outfest, Marfa, Med, and received multiple Best Short Fiction awards. Her films were acquired and broadcasted on Sundance TV, AMC Networks, BBC Channel, Shorts TV & The Journal of Short Films. She is the recipient of the Literary Fellowship at New York Foundation for the Arts and the Arab Fund for Arts & Culture Cinema Grant. She was nominated for a Goethe Award, selected among 10 screenwriters at the Cannes Film Festival International Scriptwriters’ Pavilion (Maison Des Scenaristes), and was a top 5 finalist at Hearst Screenwriting Competition, Sundance Sloan Grant and an EMMY Awards Blue Ribbon Finalist. Her work mainly focuses on bridging literature and cinema while giving predominance to the science fiction genre.
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.
She holds an MFA in screenwriting and film directing from the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. She has mentored numerous screenwriting workshops at film festivals and institutions such as the Asian American Writers’ Workshop in New York, Med Film Festival in Rome, Arab Film festival in Rotterdam, Cinetopia Film Festival in Detroit, Mizna Literary Gathering in Minneapolis, Dubai international Writers’ Center in UAE among others. She has served as a jury on several short film competitions at international film festivals in New York, Sydney, Beirut and Rotterdam.
Her short film "Like Salt" will be released in July 2018. She is currently working on her feature film project with the same title "Like Salt"
She resides in New York City.
More about her work here: www.darinehotait.com
JURY OF "BEST SCREENPLAY AWARD"
. Darine Hotait (screenwriter/director)
See Biography above.
. Didier Boujard (Head of Meditalents Writing Residency)
Didier Boujard is the creator of the Lab Meditalents which supports the scriptwriting development of first or a second feature films written by emerging filmmakers from the Mediterranean region. Since 2013, Meditalents have received a number of filmmakers from different nationalities. Many projects are currently in the production or the post production phase. These labs take place simultaneously in France (Marseille), in Morocco (Tangier, Ouarzazate), Algeria( Alger, Oran), Lebanon (Beirut) and in Egypt (Cairo).
He was the former General Manager of emergence a program of film workshops organized by the « Université d’Eté Internationale du Cinéma ». He is the producer of many films like: « Du bleu jusqu’en Amérique » of Sarah Levy, « La confusion des genres » of Ilan Duran Cohen, « Le ventre de Juliette » of Martin Provost, « Toutes les filles sont folles » of Pascale Pouzadoux, and « No hay tierra sin dueno » of Sami Kafati.
Before becoming a film producer, Boujard was the department head of the “Centre National du Cinéma". He equally played a big role in the Canal Cinema group and participated in the development of its cinema channels. He is the creator of Canal+ écriture and he co-developed eQuinoxe.
. Rima Samman (screenwriter/director)
Rima Samman is a Lebanese filmmaker. She holds a diploma in “Orthoptie” from the University of Pierre and Marie Curie, and a PHD in Arabic sociolinguistics from La Nouvelle Sorbonne University in Paris. She started working in the cinema industry next to renowned directors like Philippe Ramos, Eyal Sivan, Ziad Doueiri and Bruno Dumont, while equally developing her own projects. Her films were selected and awarded in numerous festivals around the world, and diffused on television channels like France3 and Arte.
In 2009, she created Filigranes Films, her own film production company. This had an effect on her directing style. She turned to experimental cinema, where we see her writing style growing and her technique developing in order to define new ways of image representation in film.Her films are presented in festivals, museums and in cinemas. Rima Samman is not just a film director and producer, she is a lecturer on script writing, a member of the selection committee of several festivals like the Arab Film Awards and ACID Cannes 2014/2016, a teacher at INALCO and an Arabic coach for internationally awarded actors like Golshifteh Farahani and Tahar Rahim. She is currently developing two feature films « Dans le coeur une hirondelle » and « Tout sur mon père ».
. Sylvie Granotier (author/screenwriter)
Sylvie Granotier was born in Agleria. She spent her childhood between France and Morocco. She studied Literature and Theater in Paris. She spent few years wondering from the United States to Brazil, via Afghanistan. She started working as a model and actress. In 1982, she met the writer Grace Paley while translating her book Enormous Changes at the Last Minute. This was the start of her writing career. Her first novel “Courrir Posthume” was published in 1989. She has twelve novels published, all which belongs to the “polar genre”. The book she wrote with Michèle Lesbre, that consisted a series of interviews with illegal immigrants in France, was an exception from her film writing style. Granotier is not just a novel writer, she is a script writer and an actress. She wrote and acted in many feature films which were selected and awarded in international film festivals.