Emerging screenwriters and writer-directors in the region will have the opportunity to get their projects underway with Doha Film Institute’s (DFI) Series Lab 2020.

The latest program, which will start on July 15, provides participants not only with the needed scriptwriting tools but also industry access to help move their works and careers forward, according to an e-mail sent to Qatar Museums Culture Pass members yesterday.

DFI invites members to take part in the Series Lab, “which is dedicated to screenwriters developing scripted series projects created for distribution on all platforms (including television, digital or web).

The deadline for applications is on June 20. According to DFI, participants will also have the chance to “complete a treatment/script for their pilot or first season; produce the general concept presentation of the project; exercise writing and pitching skills; and understand the global series landscape and the entire process of creation of a series.”

The programme, consisting of a series of sessions, will see participants working with accomplished mentors and story editors such as TV writer and showrunner Ryan O’nan and writer/director Bassem Breche to generate ideas and structuring their material.

Customised one-on-one advising sessions, group work session with mentors and other participants, simulation of a ‘writer’s room’, group tutorials with selected industry experts (producers, showrunners, labs and markets, funding and distribution platforms, etc.); pitch training; and final projects presentation and feedbacks form part of the programme, according to DFI.

To qualify, DFI noted that candidates (from Qatar and the Mena region) who produced at least one short or feature-length narrative or documentary film, or series previously are eligible to participate. The Lab programme includes three sessions of five-day workshops, DFI added. These will cover character and theme development; a review of revised scene-by-scene breakdown and revised character documents, among others; and giving feedback and analysis. It will run intermittently over six months, along with two online follow-up sessions.

Participants will also be required to present their output to a panel of industry guests, apart from submitting a written work, DFI added. The DFI also announced that first- and second-time fi lmmakers from various countries globally, including established directors from the Mena region, can apply for funding (subject to eligibility criteria) under its Grants Programme.

Call for submissions runs between June 23 and July 7. The Grants Programme aims to help and nurture new talent and emerging filmmakers. First and second-time filmmakers from around the world, as well as established directors from the Mena region, are invited to apply for funding, subject to eligibility criteria.

Source : Gulf Times

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