for applications is announced on the RFC’s website & Facebook page.
During the submissions period, an online application form will be
please visit the Rawi
How to Apply
Screenwriters Lab targets screenwriters working on a full-length feature
narrative screenplay only. Hence applicants will need to submit a
feature narrative screenplay.
completed drafts of the screenplays are accepted. This doesn’t mean that
it has to be the final draft but it is required to have the script
written in the standard format. 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.
submit up to two different screenplays but we advise you to select the
one you feel most strongly about and are committed to making first.
screenplay needs to be registered to protect the writer’s intellectual
property and obtain copy rights. This can be done through a local
official body in your country of residence.
to register your screenplay is online via Writers Guild of America West
http://www.wgawregistry.org/webrss/, in which case you will need to
pay a fee of 20USD using a credit card.
Unfortunately, Rawi’s teaching method centers around educating the
screenwriter based on their own style of writing, which requires the
screenwriter to provide their own feature length script.
The Lab aims
at advancing the skills of screenwriters and not at teaching
Rawi does not
limit the screenwriter to a specific style, aside from proper screenplay
As long as
it’s a completed feature narrative screenplay, it can be submitted to
the Lab even if it’s a first draft.
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, given that they can provide proof
of their Arab origins.
Arab screenwriters; residents in Arab countries from non-Arab
nationalities/origins are not eligible to apply.
Yes, you can
apply. The selection committee will particularly look into your case for
which you will need to provide a supplementary letter for their review
explaining your situation and why you lack such documents as well as the
reasons behind your interest in joining 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
Submissions in English, in addition having English subtitles for all submitted previous work samples, are strongly encouraged.
This is because members of the selection committee and the Lab’s Creative Advisors do not all speak Arabic, as the Lab always aims to collaborate with readers and advisors not only from the Arab region, but also from all around the world, in order to ensure that submitted projects are being reviewed from different perspectives, and fellows are receiving diverse feedback.
However, Arabic submission will be accepted, but only initially for the 1st screening phase, given that an English translation is provided once requested by the Rawi team.
having previous works is a requirement for applying, it does not
necessarily have to be a feature-length project, it can be any film
project you had worked on before (short, feature or documentary), and
you don’t have to be the main writer or director.
previous works is a requirement. However, you can provide a letter
explaining your situation and justifying the lack of this main
requirement which will be looked into by the Lab’s selection committee
who will make the final decision towards whether your application should
be considered or not.
the re-submitted draft cannot be the same as the one you previously
applied with; you will need to provide an updated draft of the script
with a letter outlining the changes and developments that have been
applications from Rawi Alumni will not be considered; it is not accepted
for a fellow to participate in more than one round. This is mainly to
give opportunities to a larger number of aspiring Arab screenwriters to
benefit from the Lab, given that the skills and experiences the Fellows
acquire while at the Lab should help them with developing their scripts
in general and not just the script with which they participated in the
No, the Lab
aims to strengthen the Arab writers’ voices, and this cannot be achieved
without securing a safe space for the writers to express themselves
Yes, as long
as the underlying rights of the source material are secured.
If you missed
the deadline by a small margin, you can still send in your application
material, but you will also need to provide a letter explaining your
reasons for being late and why you must join the Lab in its current
round and not the next one.
Committee of writers, scholars and film professionals called “Creative
Consultants” 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.
For more information on Rawi’s selection committee, please visit
eight screenwriters are selected each year to participate in the Lab.
information on Rawi Alumni, please visit Fellows.
Due to the global health situation, as a consequence of the spread of the Corona-virus (Covid-19), the 16th round of Rawi Screenwriters lab has been postponed. New dates for the Lab will be announced once determined.
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 RFC.
circumstances, yes. But an explanation letter should state the goals
behind such interest, if the committee accepts the request, they would
have to cover their own expenses.
Lab focuses mainly on the writer and on empowering their voices, not on
the production of the film.
If I apply, how long would it take to find out if I am accepted?
The reading and evaluation process can take up to four months from the
time of the submissions deadline.
applicants who have successfully submitted full applications will be
contacted by the Rawi team with their application status once the
selection committee has made its final decision.
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, recommendations, etc.
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”. Further details on this are provided in the Lab’s terms &
conditions, included in the application form, which all applicants have
to agree to prior to submitting their projects to the Lab.