The Doha Film Institute, in partnership with the Torino Film Lab, will host two script development and screenwriting workshops to mentor local and regional
talent, and support the future development of film and creative industries within the MENA region.
The partnership between the two organizations is aimed at training and capacity development, and will focus on enhancing script-writing skills and explore
the universal appeal of local and regional films.
The program includes a Short Screenwriting Lab and the Hezayah Screenwriting Lab, designed to strengthen the individual filmmaker’s personal voice and
provide an opportunity to advance professional and creative skills while developing a network of industry relationships.
Commenting on the importance of skill development workshops, Fatma Al Remaihi, CEO of Doha Film Institute, said, “Our core mandate is to provide a platform
for filmmakers in Qatar to grow both artistically and professionally. We do this by showcasing their talent to international industry partners at our film
events and by providing relevant and topical professional training to bring out their best work. Arab cinema has been gaining widespread acclaim and
international popularity and there is an increased focus on the quality of work coming out from the region. Through our partners at the TorinoFilmLab, we
look forward to developing programs that help transfer specialist skills and knowledge to emerging talents from Qatar and the region and nurture their
Savina Neirotti, Torino FilmLab Director, also added, “TorinoFilmLab focuses on filmmakers, and all of those professionals that help them develop clarity
of vision, endurance and strength. Storytelling is at the center, always. We are pleased to collaborate with the Doha Film Institute that shares many of
our goals and are looking forward to this year of intense work together.”
The Short Screenwriting Lab, a three-week workshop scheduled from Jan. 29 to Feb. 19, 2016, is designed to assist new and emerging Qatari screenwriters and
writer-directors to develop and write a screenplay from an original idea with the support of international mentors.
The workshop will focus on 12 selected short film projects from local filmmakers based in Qatar. It will be structured in two parts; the first week
consists of an introduction to the short-film format, analysis of key works, the short-film environment (including major festivals) and how to move from
development into production. The lab will also comprise seminars and presentations by international experts in the short film industry. The second and
third week of the program will focus on developing the scripts of the 12 selected projects.
The workshop will be led by Matthieu Darras, Head of Programs at TorinoFilmLab and supported by two script consultants, Egyptian filmmaker and academic
Ayman El Amir, and Italian story editor and screenwriter Simona Nobile.
The Hezayah Screenwriting Lab, scheduled from April 2016 to February 2017, is designed to assist Qatari and regional screenwriters and writer-directors to
develop and write a first draft feature-length screenplay from an original idea with the support of two international mentors. The lab consists of four-day
workshops, held periodically over a 10-month period and is open to 12 selected projects. During the period, selected participants will receive feedback and
follow-up sessions from an international lab leader and trained script consultants.
For more details you can visit www.dohafilminstitute.com