Birthmark Scenario workshop is a script development workshop of narrative feature-length films in Egypt in the Arabiclanguage over the duration of 6 months, led by an experienced writer and film producer, with the objective of selling and producing the outcome of the workshop.
Birthmark Scenario workshop targets to discover and support talents in the screenwriting field by managing a group workshop that develops TREATMENTS to narrative feature-length scripts, which are ready for production.
Each writer will be responsible for the actual development of his/ her own script, however, everyone will contribute within the group with feedback and will learn from the others process as the workshop progresses.
The workshop will meet in full capacity once a week in addition to the individual meeting between the writers and the leader of the workshop. Additionally, there are sporadic sessions for guest speakers or brainstorming sessions depending on the weekly progress plan from treatment to a locked script.
To learn more about the workshop please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.
During the weekly meetings industry professionals; Writers, Directors, Producers, and Distributors will be invited to discuss the writers’ process with pre-designed topics to ensure that the writers have an overall idea about the market and their role versus other counterparts in the industry.
Additionally, these sessions will serve the sales purpose of the scripts being developed. At key stages in the process pitching sessions will be held to producers to start attaching key partners to each script.
Submission starts from the 1st to the 31st of December 2017
Fill in the Submission Form
Shortlisted candidates (10-15 writers) will be invited for an interview with the workshop team and a 3-4 days workshop
Final selected candidates (4-6 writers) will be invited to sign the workshop contract
To submit your treatment, we recommend that you go through the Frequently Asked Questions section
Please make sure that you have below handy before you fill in the form:
previous samples of your work
- Fill in the Submission Form. Submission starts on the 1st of December 2017.
- Shortlisted candidates (10-15 writers) will be invited for an interview with the workshop team and a 3-4 days workshop
- Final selected candidates (4-6 writers) will be invited to sign the workshop contract
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ARE THERE RULES FOR THE WORKSHOP THAT I NEED TO KNOW BEFORE HAND?
Submit the application form and its attachments with all their required details.
Attendance and meeting deadlines of your development plan is a must to continue in the workshop.
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.
Proof of ability to work within a team and having a creative vision through the submission form and interviews is a must.
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, put a working title please), name of literary work it’s based on, if any, and your name and contact info.
WHAT IS A TREATMENT?
Logline: One sentence about the film indicating the film genre, main character, his/her goal, the obstacles, the time and place.
Synopsis: A summary of the film highlighting the main storyline (max. 400 words).
Character Profiles: Backstory of the main characters till the start of the events of the film. This should include what is relevant to the story from their background, relationships with other characters and their role in main events. Additionally, the main traits, characteristics, paradoxes that influence their behavior or the development of events (max. 300 words/ character).
Treatment: Your vision of the script detailing the main plot and subplots, the main & supporting characters and the dynamics between them highlighting what is driving the events. It should be written in the same tone and pace of the genre of the film (max. 2500 words).
CAN I SUBMIT MORE THAN ONE TREATMENT?
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 screenwriting and taking it as a career not a hobby.
Additionally, it is important to note that this workshop is not a screenwriting course; it’s a development workshop
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?
WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?
you are looking for guidance to develop your feature length script
you wish to follow a methodology in writing that will help your current & future scripts
you want to learn about the different development processes of different genres
you wish to learn about script workshops & how to write within a group
you want to learn about script assessment & how to give constructive feedback to develop your work and other people’s work
you want a chance to leverage your script for better sales & production opportunity
you want to have the chance to learn directly from different industry professional
you want key industry players; actors, directors, writers & producers to read, give feedback and consider your script
HOW MUCH DOES THE WORKSHOP COST?
WHAT IS THE DURATION OF THE WORKSHOP?
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 are determined according to the development plan of each project.
CAN I SUBMIT A DOCUMENTARY OR ANIMATION FILM?
WHAT IS THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE?
WHEN DOES THE WORKSHOP START?
WHO IS THE LEAD WRITER OF THE WORKSHOP?
Wael Hamdy – 2016
Sherif Badr El Din – 2017
WHO IS THE PRODUCER OF THE WORKSHOP?
Executive Developer and Producer, Dina Harb, is the founder and managing partner of Birthmark Films established in 2009. Harb believes in the artistic role of the producer in script development and the different roles in production and distribution. Harb established also Birthmark Scenario in 2016, which targets to find new talented script writers and help them develop their scripts with the objective of producing the final outcome. Few scripts were developed in the first year of the workshop in 2016 , from which Harb released her first feature length film “Bashtery Ragel” (2017, 100mins), featuring Nelly Karim and Mohamed Mamdouh, and directed by Mohamed Ali. Written by Inas Lotfy, the participant in the workshop.
Harb is the co-producer of Yallah! Underground (2015, 80mins); which 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 serviced the Indian production Mishawr Rawhoshyo (2013, 135min).
Additionally, she produced a number of short films, and serviced programs such as Coke Studio, and more than a 100 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 [email protected]