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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, 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?

A treatment is a document, that should include:

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).

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?

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

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.

WHAT IS THE DURATION OF THE WORKSHOP?

The workshop will be conducted within 6-12 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 are determined according to the development plan of each project.

CAN I SUBMIT A DOCUMENTARY OR ANIMATION FILM?

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

WHAT IS THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE?

The annual submission for the workshop is from the 1st to 31st  of December.

WHEN DOES THE WORKSHOP START?

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

WHO IS THE LEAD WRITER OF THE WORKSHOP?

Wael Hamdy – 2016

Hamdy is a well-established screenwriter and developer based in Egypt. He led many screenwriting workshops and currently working on two TV series; “Tela’t Rouhi” co-writing with Sherif Badr El Din, and leading the workshop for “Naltaqi ba’d Al fasel”. Additionally, he co-wrote “El Toufan” (2017) with Mohamed Ragaa. In 2016 he also co-wrote for Ramdan season the TV series “Sokoot Hor” and “Ras El Ghoul” with Mariam Naoum and Sherif Badr El Din.

Hamdy’s box office hit “Hypta, the Final Lecture” (2016) and previously “Mikano” (2009.) He us currently working now on his feature length film “El Eid El Kebir”.

Hamdy has a diverse career in writing; sit-coms, kids shows as well as TV series and feature length films. His career started with leading the workshop of Sesame Street along with other kids shows 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”, “Lessa Badry” as well as participated in “Moga Harra”, and sit-comes “Tamer We shawqueya”, “Ahmed Etgawez Mona”, “Beit El Eila”.

Hamdy was the editor in chief of “Good News Cinema” for 4 years after having started his writing career as an editor and film critic job in several newspapers and magazines.

Hamdy gave up his engineering career to follow his passion in writing.  He graduated as the top of his class from the Faculty of Arts, Mansoura University in 1998, which at the time brought him a step closer to his writing career.

 

Sherif Badr El Din – 2017

Badr El Din is a well-established screenwriter and developer based in Egypt. He is currently co- writing the TV Series “Telaat Rouhy” with Wael Hamdy, whom he co-wrote with ” Ras El Ghoul ” in 2016. His latest work was the season finale of the TV hit “Heba Regl El Ghorab” in Ramadan 2017 – an adaptation of the famous Colombian series “Yo Soy Betty, la Fea.”

Badr El Din has a diverse career in writing,  over the last 10 years he headed a number of writing workshops, as well co-wrote sitcoms such as  “El Bab Fel Bab”, “Tamer we Shawqueya” “El Eyada” and “Lessa Badry”.  Additionally, he worked on Kids shows such as “Bassant and Diasty”. He also worked on series such as “Al Montaqem”, based on the famous “The Count of Monte Cristo” by Dumas Alexandre, “Al Gameaa” and “Abwab El Khouf”, one Egypt’s initial horror series.

Academically, Badr El Din taught a number of professional courses on the art of scriptwriting at the Madive, the Association of Art and Development supported by European Union grants. After graduating from The Faculty of Commerce, he followed his passion in professional screenwriting by studying at the Higher Institute of Cinema, with a screenwriting specialization and graduated in 2006.

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 forsubmission@birthmarkfilms.com