CINEPHILIA SCREENWRITING LAB FOR SHORTS


PAST LABS 2013-2015

PREVIOUS AWARD RECIPIENTS

. On The Road by Noha El Ostaz
. Sheikh Ronald by Marwa Khalil & Wafa'a Halawi
. Ash by Yasmina Hatem
. Amal by Yasmine Ghorayeb


PRODUCED SCREENPLAYS

ASH written & directed by Yasmina Hatem
15 minutes | Narrative  
Produced by Cinephilia Productions

Based on true facts, a young boy takes a shisha delivery job to help his ailing mother but it turns out to be a lot more than he bargained for. 

Official Selection Montreal World Film Festival, Beirut International Film Festival, Lebanese Film Festival - Lebanon, International Film Week Regensburg, Lebanese Film Festival - Sydney. 



CINEPHILIA SCREENWRITING LAB FOR FEATURE
THE ART OF REVISION

A screenplay is the product of imagination and craft. Character and action intertwine to create a meaningful whole. The purpose of this lab is to assist the writer in the development of a feature length screenplay using unique methods meant to integrate character and plot.

Writing is rewriting. The difference between those who write successfully and those who don’t is often the result of a writer’s ability to find flaws in a story, devise solutions and then show the discipline necessary to make the right changes.

Writers will be guided through various techniques to diagnose a draft’s weaknesses and understand how to fix them with emphasis made on revealing the common contradictions in character and plot which can undermine a script.

Story development will be approached from the standpoint of external action as it unfolds through plot, and internal action as it manifests in character, with techniques introduced to help the writer structure the story in a way that integrates them both.

How it works:
Cinephilia selects up to 8 filmmakers who are in the process of developing their first or second feature film screenplay.
The lab is divided into two sections.
Group sessions: Screenplays are discussed collectively and each participant goes through a pitching process.
One-on-one sessions: Participants meet with the lab mentor individually to discuss the progress. 
Selected filmmakers receive continuous support from Cinephilia Productions to advance the projects closer to realization.

Eligibility guidelines:
Must be developing a narrative feature film screenplay. (Project can either be in treatment stage or a screenplay draft).
. Must have at least written or directed one or two short films
. Screenplay or treatment must not have been optioned
. Application form must be completed and signed. Any incomplete application will be disregarded. 
. Applicant must fully commit to the lab sessions with mentor.
. Must be originally from Eligible countries (see eligible countries below) or must be writing a story set or related to eligible countries

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

Call for Applications is now closed

 

SELECTED PROJECTS:

2016:
ZEINAB'S SECRETS by Marwa Khalil
AMAL by Yasmine Ghorayeb
19 DAYS  by Layal Ghanem
KIFAK ENTA by Marie Rose Osta

2015:
BEGGING PARADISE by Farah Chaya
CELLO by Wafa'a Halawi

2014:
HAZZEH by Alia Ibrahim
BEIRUT SUMMER NIGHTS by Nadine El Ali

LAB MENTOR: Brad Saunders 

Brad Saunders is a screenwriter, film director, playwright and published novelist. His film, The Lounge People, played in theaters internationally and on Comedy Central, and the Starz Network. He currently has screenplays optioned and in development on 2 continents. His play, Detective Nicky Carruthers is Dead, garnered a national playwriting award from the University of Arkansas and was produced at the Powerhouse Theater, in Los Angeles. The Dorchester County Sheriff’s Annual Ball, was a semi-finalist at the Inner City Cultural Center’s theater competition in Los Angeles, and was produced at the Missing Children Theater, in New York. He was a screenwriting instructor, at both the graduate and undergraduate programs, at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California for twenty-three years and is now a screenwriting teacher and mentor to students throughout America at the Film Connection/Film Institute in Los Angeles, California.