What is Rawi Screenwriters Lab?
Rawi Screenwriters’ Lab is an annual five-day screenplay
development workshop aimed at independent Arab screenwriters working on their
first or second narrative feature screenplays. In 2018, nine screenwriters
(Fellows) were selected to join the lab and experience one-on-one mentoring
sessions from internationally acclaimed screenwriters (Advisors) from all over
the world. The emphasis of the lab is to develop the writer’s individual voice
as a storyteller. Advisors and fellows will engage in an in-depth dialogue
about the craft of screenwriting and rewriting process, as well as the fellows’
individual vision for their story.
How do I apply for Rawi Screenwriters Lab?
The callout for applications is announced on the RFC’s website & Facebook page. During the submissions period, an online Application Form will be available.
To apply, please refer to the following link:
Can I submit a short or documentary script?
No. Rawi Screenwriters’ Lab aims at screenwriters working on
a full-length feature narrative screenplay only. Hence applicants will need to
submit a feature narrative screenplay.
How long is a feature screenplay?
Each page in script standard format is accounted for as a
one-minute filming session. A feature film screenplay will typically be between
Can I submit a treatment?
No. Only full length screenplays are accepted. This is
because Rawi Screenwriters’ Lab is not an “introduction to screenwriting”
workshop; it’s more like a master class and is most effective when there is already
a screenplay to be developed further.
How many scripts can I submit?
You can submit up to two screenplays but we advise you to
select the one which you feel the most strongly about and are committed to
What is the registration number and how can I register my
The screenplay needs to be registered to protect
intellectual property and obtain copy rights. This can be done through a local
official body in your country of residence.
Who is eligible to apply?
Rawi Screenwriters’ Lab is aimed at Arab screenwriters only.
Arabs who live outside of the region can also apply if their parents are from
the Middle East, North Africa or the Gulf.
What’s the language of the Lab?
As this is a very international group the language used is
English, but you don’t have to be fluent in English to participate. We do provide
interpreters when needed.
Can I submit my script in Arabic?
Screenplays in Arabic will be initially admitted, provided
that the applicant sends an English translation, once requested to do so by the
Rawi Screenwriters’ Lab team.
I haven’t written or directed a feature film before, can
I still apply?
Yes, although we will be very interested to look at your
directing skills, we also welcome submissions from scriptwriters with no
How many screenwriters will be selected?
Normally, eight screenwriters are selected each year to participate in the lab.
How do you select projects?
An Advisory Committee of writers, scholars and film
professionals work with the Rawi Screenwriters’ Lab team throughout the
selection process. The primary short listing is based on script merits: story,
originality, writing style, and individual voices, etc. Where applicable, we
look very closely at the directing work of the writer.
When and where will Rawi Screenwriters Lab take place?
The 14th round of Rawi Screenwriters Lab took place between July 15th to July 21st, 2018 at Dana Biosphere Reserve. The 2019 edition will take place between September 1st and September 8th, 2019, at Montreal Hotel in Shobak.
If my project was selected who will cover my travel and
Rawi Screenwriters’ Lab is one of the programs of the Royal
Film Commission - Jordan (RFC), and all expenses including participants’ travel
and accommodation are covered by The Royal Film Commission - Jordan.
Who are the Creative Advisors?
Creative Advisors are experienced screenwriters and
sometimes writers/ directors. Each year, we invite six to ten Creative Advisors
from different parts of the world. We announce participating Advisors nearer to
the time of the Lab. For more information on Creative Advisors from earlier
rounds please look up: Mentors & Participants.
Is Rawi Screenwriters Lab different from the Sundance
Rawi Screenwriters’ Lab was modeled around the Sundance
Screenwriters’ Lab and differs only in that it focuses solely on Arab
Would the RFC help me produce my film post Rawi Screenwriters lab?
The Lab is intended to support the screenwriters creatively,
and the focus of the lab is specifically on screenwriting, not production or
the business aspect of filmmaking. However the Rawi Screenwriters’ Lab team is
available to support all Alumni on an advisory basis throughout their creative
process, providing an ongoing resource for introduction, advice,
What does the RFC expect in return?
Participants are required to acknowledge and credit the
program in the following form: “The script (or film project) was developed with
the assistance of Rawi Screenwriters’ Lab, a project of the Royal Film
Commission – Jordan”.