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Screenwriting for Beginners Lab

Screenwriting for Beginners Lab 2021

Start date:
Aug 25, 2021
Ability Level:
Beginners

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. 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 English, 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: Saturday 7 August 2021

Lab Dates: 25 – 29 August 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: 8 – 10 participants will be selected for each lab.
Level: Beginners
Location: Online
Language: English


Lab schedule

25 August: Introduction to stories
26 August: Building your characters
27 August: Story architecture
28 August: Visual storytelling
29 August: Writing for the screen


Submission Requirements:

Applicants should submit an email to training@dohafilminstitute.com 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

Eligibility
Applicants should be 18 years old or above.


Lab Mentors

Anthea Devotta

Anthea Devotta was born and raised in India with over 10 years of work experience in the film industry. She currently works at Doha Film Institute’s Training and Development team, where she passionately works in filmmaking workshops and labs with the main focus on feature-film & series in development. She coordinates the institute’s Hezayah Screenwriting Lab, Producer Lab and Series Writing Lab. She is a key member of the team behind Qumra, working closely with international mentors and project delegates for Qumra Series. She was selected to participate in the Less-Is-More script editor program, and she is the co-founder of The Write Retreat – A writing residency in Mallorca, Spain.  

Prior to moving to the Middle East, she worked in film and video production in London and holds a BA (Hons) in Film and Television studies from Royal Holloway, University of London.


Amna Al-Binali

Amna Al-Binali graduated from Qatar University with a degree in English Literature and Linguistics. She has been working with the development team at Doha Film Institute since 2013, where she readsd scripts and tracking local filmmaking talent. She directed her first short film, ‘Doctor’s Office’, at the La Fémis Gulf Summer School in 2015. ‘The Notebook’, her second short film, showed at the Ajyal Youth Film Festival in 2015, and ‘The World Is Not Blue’ as part of the Qatar Film Fund. She holds an MA in Screenwriting from Goldsmiths, University of London.