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Screenwriting Lab for Beginners in Arabic

Start date:
Nov 28, 2021
Ability Level:

Discover the creative process of writing for the screen, all from the comfort of your own home with DFI’s exciting online Screenwriting for Beginners Lab in Arabic. This fascinating lab will include the foundations of screenwriting, with mentors covering the ‘architecture’ of screenplays (storytelling, screenplay guidelines, non-verbal storytelling and characterization) and the ‘formatting’ of a screenplay (visual grammar and Celtx/Final Draft).

Taught remotely, the lab is offered in Arabic, blending online lectures, assignments and group discussions to give participants a comprehensive and well-rounded understanding of screenwriting. As this is a beginner’s lab, the aim is for participants to produce a minimum of one scene for their screenplay. They will also have the opportunity to continue their filmmaking journey with the DFI development team, working towards further education and grants.

Application Deadline:  Mon 25 October 2021

Lab Dates: 28 Nov – 2 Dec 2021

Hours: Online sessions for 2 hours

Lab Fee: 300.00 QAR *Qatar Museums Culture Pass members will receive a 10% discount on this lab’s fee. To avail of the discount, simply include a copy of your Culture Pass when applying.

Group Size: 10 – 15 participants will be selected for each lab.
Level: Beginners
Location: Online
Language: Arabic

Lab schedule

28 November: Introduction to stories
29 November: Building your characters
30 November: Story architecture
1 December: Visual storytelling
2 December: Writing for the screen

Submission Requirements:

Applicants should submit an email to with with the following:

  • Original short film logline and synopsis
  • Applicant’s CV or short bio
  • Copy of applicant’s ID
  • A short paragraph explaining your interest in this lab
  • Your favorite films

Applicants should be 18 years old or above.

Lab Mentors

Ayman El Amir

Ayman El Amir, is an Egyptian script consultant and film producer. He has been consulting with many programs, labs and institutes including TorinoFilmLab, Full Circle Lab, Doha Film Institute, The Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, International Marrakesh Film Festival Atlas Workshop and Sheffield Doc/Fest Meet Market. He consults privately on films and leads several international script development workshops and masterclasses. As a producer, his work includes the short fiction, FAKH, selected for the official competition of Semaine de la Critique at Cannes Film Festival, 2019 and the feature documentary HAPPILY EVER AFTER, which premiered at IDFA 2016.