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Rawi Screenwriters Lab

In 2005 the Royal Film Commission - Jordan (RFC) launched RAWI (Storyteller), a screenplay development lab. For its first 11 years, the lab was run in collaboration with the Sundance Institute and is modeled on the Institute’s renowned Screenwriters’ Lab. Independent Arab screenwriters (Fellows) are offered the chance to develop their work in a uniquely creative environment under the guidance of internationally acclaimed screenwriters from all over the world (Creative Advisors).  

Over the past thirteen years, Rawi supported 96 emerging screenwriters. Completed projects by Rawi’s alumni include: Pomegranates and Myrrh by Najwa Najjar, Amreeka by Cherien Dabis, Son of Babylon by Mohamed Al Daradji, The Fifth String by Selma Bargach, My Brother The Devil by Sally El Hosaini, Detroit Unleaded by Rola Nashef, Wadjda by Haifaa Al-Mansour, I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Khadija Al-Salami, 3000 Nights by Mai Masri, Until The End of Time by Yasmine Chouikh, Tramontane by Vatche Boulghourijian and 1982 by Oualid Mouaness.

Learn about other participants by visiting the complete list of Rawi Advisors & Participants.

Each year, fellows and advisors work intensively for five days on their feature narrative screenplays. Each fellow will have several one-on-one story sessions with the lab's creative advisers. The advisers’ guidance ranges from improving the fellow's technique as a screenwriter, to life lessons and practical suggestions to be explored in their next draft. Emphasis is placed on each fellow's individual voice and story.

An advisory committee of writers, established film critics, screenplay editors, script doctors, scholars and film professionals work with the Rawi Screenwriters’ Lab team throughout the selection process. They are referred to as “Reading Consultants”. The primary short listing is based on script merits: story, originality, characters, dialogue, structure, writing style, individual voices, the status of the screenplay and its suitability to benefit from the Lab. Where applicable, we look very closely at the directing work of the writer.  

Learn more by visiting the list of “Rawi’s Reading Consultants”. 

For further information & inquires please write to rawi@film.jo or call The Royal Film Commission at 0096264613835, etx 104 or 108.