Budding screenwriters are invited to the Screenwriting for Beginners Lab at the Doha Film Institute (DFI) from August 11-15.
The lab will present the “architecture” of screenplays, including storytelling, screenplay guidelines, non-verbal narration and characterization, and the “formatting” of a screenplay – visual grammar and Celtx/final version.
“Explore 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,” said DFI. Additionally, he explained that the workshop is for participants to produce at least one scene for their screenplay. “They will also have the opportunity to continue their filmmaking journey with the DFI development team, working on continuing education and grants.”
Among the lab’s mentors is Anthea Devotta, who currently works on DFI’s training and development team. She has over ten years of work experience in the film industry; and Amna Al Binali, who has also worked on the Institute’s development team since 2013. Al Binali reads scripts and follows local film talent and has directed two short films, including “Doctor’s Office” and “The Notebook “.
The first day of the lab will focus on the introduction to stories; Day Two, Building Your Characters; Day Three, Architecture of History; Day four, visual storytelling, and day five, writing for the screen. The price is QR 300 and Qatar Museums Culture Pass members will get a 10% discount. The application deadline is August 1.
In order to register, a candidate must submit the following to [email protected]: original logline and synopsis of the short film, CV or short biography of the candidate, copy of the candidate’s identity document, a short paragraph explaining the interest in the laboratory. Candidates aged 18 or over are eligible to apply.