Rawi Screenwriters’ Lab

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About Rawi Screenwriters' Lab

In 2005 the Royal Film Commission - Jordan (RFC) launched Rawi (Storyteller), a screenplay development lab, in consultation with the Sundance Institute. 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 nine years, Rawi supported over 66 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 and WADJDA by Haifaa Al-Mansour. Learn about other participants by visiting the complete list of Rawi Alumni & Advisors

At the beginning of autumn 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 advisors. The advisors’ 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.

This year, the select location for Rawi is the Royal Film Commission’s very own Film House, marking the training program’s 10th anniversary.

For more information please write to rawi@film.jo or call The Royal Film Commission - Jordan at: Tel: +962 6 461 3835 ext. 108, 104

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