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WHAT IS THE DURATION OF THE WORKSHOP?

The workshop will be conducted within 6-8 months.

HOW MUCH TIME SHOULD I ALLOCATE FOR THE WORKSHOP?

The workshop requires 12-15 hours per week, including the weekly meeting of the workshop and the individual meeting with each writer to follow up on his/her achievement in fulfilling the workshop requirements.

That is in addition to the industry experts sessions and other exceptional sessions that determined according to the development plan of each project.

HOW MUCH DOES THE WORKSHOP COST?

The workshop is for free! Your only investment in the workshop is your time and effort; attendance and meeting deadlines for the script development plan is a requirement of participation.

IS WRITING EXPERIENCE A MUST?

If what is meant by experience is script that you sold or was produced previously, then it’s not a must.

Otherwise, experience is a definite plus, however, what is required is basic knowledge of the craft of writing and taking writing as a career not a hobby.

Additionally, it is important to note that this workshop is not a writing course; it’s a development workshop. 

ARE THERE RULES FOR THE WORKSHOP THAT I NEED TO KNOW BEFORE HAND?

YES!

  1. Submit the application form and its attachments with all their required details.
  2. Attendance and meeting deadlines of your development plan is a must to continue in the workshop.
  3. It’s a group workshop, so input and participation is a must and is what’s going to make all your scripts take leaps in development.
  4. Proof of ability to work within a team and having a creative vision through the submission form and interviews is a must.
  5. You cannot attend the workshop unless you sign a contract with Birthmark Films giving it the rights for content being developed and the right to sell the script on your behalf. This doesn’t take away from your rights as a writer; you will always be the sole writer of your script; credited and compensated as such for both the script and the film if it’s produced. Only the finalists will be invited to sign the contract.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR SUBMISSION?

TREATMENT for the NARRATIVE FEATURE LENGTH FILM, that you wish to develop, in ARABIC and shouldn’t exceed 4,000 words, Font Type: Times New Roman and Font Size 14 in PDF or Word Format.  The treatment should have a cover page with the title of the film (if you don’t have any yet, but a working title please), name of literary work it’s based on, if any, and your name and contact info.

WHAT IS A TREATMENT?

A treatment is a document, that should include:

Logline: One line about the film, which includes the film genre, main character, his goal, the obstacles, the time and place.

Synopsis: A summary to the film in a maximum 400 word long.

Character Profiles: Details about the main characters; each shouldn’t exceed 300 words, including their background, relationships with other characters and their role in main events.

Treatment: Your vision of the script detailing the plot and subplots, the main & supporting characters and the main dynamics between them and what is driving the events.. It shouldn’t exceed 2500 words.   

CAN I SUBMIT A DOCUMENTARY OR ANIMATION FILM?

NO! The workshop is designed only for feature length narrative films.

CAN I SUBMIT A FULL SCRIPT?

NO, the objective and format of this workshop is based on TREATMENTS ONLY. One of the main learning objectives of this workshop is to take you through a methodology and process of script writing. Also, it is important that all the workshop participants start with the same base; treatment.

CAN I SUBMIT ANY GENRE?

YES, however, our priority will be for the treatments that have the potential of being produced within the small to medium budget range for feature films. 

WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?

This workshop is a good opportunity for you, if

  1. you are looking for guidance to develop your feature length script
  2. you wish to follow a methodology in writing that will help your current & future scripts
  3. you want to learn about the different development processes of different genres 
  4. you wish to learn about script workshops & how to write within a group
  5. you want to learn about script assessment & how to give constructive feedback to develop your work and other people’s work
  6. you want a chance to leverage your script for better sales & production opportunity
  7. you want to have the chance to learn directly from different industry professional 
  8. you want key industry players; actors, directors, writers & producers to read, give feedback and consider your script

WHAT IS THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE?

Submission for 2017 round is now CLOSED

WHEN DOES THE WORKSHOP START?

The workshop starts in February of each year; the exact date is shared with the finalists.

WHO IS THE WRITER/DEVELOPER OF THE WORKSHOP?

WAEL HAMDY is a well-established screenwriter and developer based in Egypt. Hamdy is currently working on a series based on the famous egyptian feature film titled “El Toufan” for Ramadan 2017. He worked on two other series, one starring Mahmoud Abdel Aziz and the other starring Nelly Karim, for Ramadan 2016. He also wrote two feature length films, one released in 2009 entitled “Mikano” and the other released in 2016 “Hypta, the Final Lecture” and he is currently working on the third one “The Big Feast.”

Hamdy has a diverse career in writing; sit-coms, kids shows as well as TV series and feature length films. Through his diverse career he worked in and headed a number of writing workshops. His career started with leading the workshop of Sesame Street along with other kids shows in the Middle East for over 8 years. During this period and onwards he headed the workshops of some of the most popular sit-comes and TV Shows in the Middle East; to name a few, El Bab Fel Bab, Beit El Ella and a writer participant in Moga Harra amongst others.

Hamdy’s background is journalism and development. He participated in the arts section in a number of newspapers and magazines and was the editor in chief of “Good News Cinema Magazine” for 4 years. Additionally, he was an assistant professor at the Faculty of Arts in Mansoura University. Hamdy gave up his Engineering career to follow his passion in writing to graduate as the top of his class from the the Faculty of Arts, Mansoura University in 1998, which at the time brought him a step closer to his writing career.

WHO IS THE PRODUCER OF THE WORKSHOP?

Film producer DINA HARB is the founder and managing partner of Birthmark Films, a production company based in Egypt. Harb is currently producing the first feature from Birthmark Scenario workshop as well as being a creative producer and script doctor on a number of projects.

Harb is the co-producer of Yallah! Underground (2015, 80mins); a documentary about the underground art scene in the Middle East that won the Best Documentary at Hessian Film Festival in Frankfurt, Germany. Harb also served as associate producer of Words of Witness (2012, 70min), an award-winning documentary about a young Egyptian journalist covering the Egyptian revolution. She has also served as the Egypt based producer for the Indian production Mishawr Rawhoshyo (2013, 135min). Additionally, she produced a number of short films.

Harb’s background is project management and strategy in the field of marketing, communications and advertising. Her wide range of clients included Master Foods, Heineken and NSGB, to name a few. Harb has also produced more than 80 commercials for international clients such as Coca Cola, Pepsi, Nokia, CNN, Olympic Electric, Qatar National Bank, Danone and Danette.

Harb holds an MFA degree in Creative Producing from Columbia University in New York.

FOR MORE QUESTIONS, HOW CAN I REACH YOU?

You can contact us at forsumbission@birthmarkfilms.com

Please write “workshop inquiry” in the subject line.