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The Royal Film Commission Jordan | Mosalsalat Screenwriters Lab: For the Development of Television Content


The third session of the "Mosalsalat Screenwriters Lab", organized by the Royal Film Commission – Jordan (RFC), was concluded last Friday 2nd of June. The sessions were held from 29th May until 2nd June at Azraq Lodge, in the Azraq Wetlands Reserve east of Jordan, with the participation of five selected television projects by Arab screenwriters working on developing scripts for their first TV series projects.

64 projects from the Arab region were initially submitted and evaluated by the Creative Consultants, a group of experts and professionals in the film and TV industry. Qualified projects were selected through a lengthy process that included detailed evaluations of each project and interviews with shortlisted writers.

Five projects have been selected to participate in the Lab:

-         “A Woman’s Job” by Dina ElHawary and Rehab Bassam )Egypt(

-         “Dirty Hands” by Georges Hazim )Lebanon(

-         “Work in Progress” by Mira Nimri )Jordan(

-         “Stroubia” by Omar Layza )Lebanon(

-         “Above 30” by Sehar Salah )Egypt(

The participating scriptwriters had the opportunity to meet with five Arab and foreign experts, the “Creative Mentors”:

-         Tamer Habib, Egyptian writer with many successful projects in cinema and television.

-         Daniel Habib, Lebanese producer and writer, who said: “I advise emerging screenwriters to write a lot, regardless of the fate of these writings and whether they will be produced or not. This is the best training. I also advise them to watch and read as much creative content as possible to recharge their imagination.”

-         Jan Trygve Røyneland, award-winning Norwegian screenwriter, also commented saying: “In order to benefit from such labs, you must be willing to listen, open up, and change your opinions and be open to other cultures and being around other writers. The set up of this Lab is special as it takes much of its particularity from the participants themselves, so what we learn this year could easily evolve the next one.”

-         Menna Ekram, Egyptian writer and director, whose works include the famous series “Heba Crow's Feet” and the supernatural thriller “Zodiac”.

-         Giovanni Robbiano, Italian writer, director, producer, trainer and lecturer, who has extensive experience in cinema and television in Italy and Europe.

Intensive one-on-one sessions brought together writers and mentors to enhance their understanding of story and character development, with the aim of providing them with the means to start or advance their screenwriting career.

Writer Mira Nimri commented on her participation, saying: “The Lab provided me with an invaluable opportunity to meet with highly professional experts from the Arab region and the world, and to learn from their practical feedback to raise the quality of the project.”

Another participant, Omar Layza said: “The specificity of the Lab's location was very useful for focusing on developing my ideas and project. The idea of carrying out group activities was different; it stimulated our creativity and allowed us to work on our projects with renewed energy.”

Commenting on the Lab, the RFC’s Managing Director, Mohannad Al Bakri, said: “Every year, committed writers join Mosalsalat Lab to receive the necessary support to guide and strengthen their understanding of story concept, structure and character development with the intention of producing a pilot script and supporting materials, as well as expanding their portfolio, pursuing opportunities in the evolving TV marketplace and obtaining a deeper understanding of the television industry.”

The RFC had launched Mosalsalat Lab in 2019, as it believed in the necessity of curating a regional workshop specialized in writing for TV.

Applications for the fourth edition of Mosalsalat Screenwriters Lab will open later in 2023.


About the Royal Film Commission – Jordan

The Royal Film Commission – Jordan (RFC) is a public institution, with administrative and financial autonomy, established in 2003 with a mandate to promote for and contribute to the development of an internationally competitive Jordanian audio-visual industry. The RFC organizes training workshops, screenings and provides production support services.

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