Cinephilia Screenwriting Lab: Investing in the Future of Arab Cinema
— Executive Magazine
 
Cinephilia: A one-woman attempt to improve the region’s screenwriting.
— Mada Masr

In 2013, Darine designed the Cinephilia Screenwriting Lab for Shorts, a state-of-the-art platform and program that allows filmmakers to develop their storytelling potential, their criticism faculty and their technical proficiency. The lab has been hosted in more than 20 countries in partnership with international institutions, organizations and film festivals.  

Learn more about the lab program and past editions HERE


UPCOMING WORKSHOPS



. NEW YORK CITY
Screenwriting Workshop for feature screenplays
Dates: August 8-15-22-29
Time: 6PM-9PM
Asian American Writers' Workshop (AAWW)
Registration opens soon. 


. ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
Cinephilia Screenwriting Lab for Shorts
Dates: October 4-16, 2017
In Collaboration with Arab Film Festival
With the support of The City of Rotterdam
To apply Here
(applications open on June 15, 2017)

 

For private script doctoring, and to host a workshop at your institution or film festival, please fill form below: 

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Darine has mentored over 200 screenwriters from all corners of the world with special emphasis on the Middle East, Africa and South Asia as part of the Cinephilia Screenwriting Lab for shorts and other independent workshops.


VIDEO FROM READING SESSION AT CINEPHILIA SCREENWRITING LAB FOR SHORTS IN ROTTERDAM IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ARAB FILM FESTIVAL 2016

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Screenwriting Workshop 

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Directing Workshop


PREVIOUS OPEN WORKSHOPS & CINEPHILIA LABS: 

. Rome, Italy:November 5-15, 2016 || In Collaboration with 22nd Med Film Festival, with the support of MIBACT
. New York City: October 25-27 & October 29 || Asian American Writers' Workshop (AAWW)in Collaboration with RAWI (Radius of Arab American Writers) 
. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: September 22 - October 2, 2016|| In Collaboration with Arab Film Festival, with the support of Netherlands Film Fonds & The City of Rotterdam
. Dubai, UAE: September 23, 2016 || Khazzan Park In collaboration with Brownbook
. Minneapolis, USA: June 17, 2016 ||The Loft Literary Center as part of RAWI (Radius of Arab American Writers) + Mizna 6th National Literary Gathering. 
. Dubai, UAE: April 02-25, 2016 || Tashkeel Art Hub
. Dubai, UAE: December 7-13, 2015 || Dubai International Writers' Centre
. Kuwait City, Kuwait: May 13-20, 2015 || Nuqat - Directing & screenwriting workshop - Imagination Express Project. Supported by Ministry of State for Youth Affairs in partnership with Red Bull Kuwait & Dar Al Athar
. Kuwait City, Kuwait: November 2014 || Nuqat Creative Conference
. Beirut, Lebanon: October 2014 || Bibliotheque Assabil - Cinephilia Productions
. Cairo, Egypt: September 2014 || Studio Emad Eddine with the support of Al Mawred Al Thaqafy - in partnership with Orient Productions
. Alexandria, Egypt: September 2014 || Teatro Eskendria with the support of Garaad - in partnership with I-act & Tamasi
. Abu Dhabi, UAE: August 2014 || twofour54 Creative Lab
. Tunis, Tunisia: November 2013 || Centre Sidi Bou Said
. Beirut, Lebanon: September 2013 || Dawawine
. Abu Dhabi, UAE: March 2013 || twofour54 Creative Lab
. Amman, Jordan: February 2013 || Al Balad Theater in partnership with Outbox Film Festival
. Cairo, Egypt: January 2013 || Darb 1718
. Alexandria, Egypt: January 2013 || Bibliotheca Alexandrina
. Beirut, Lebanon: September 2012 || AltCity in partnership with Outbox Film Festival 


PRESS

Mada Masr || A One Woman Attempt to Improve the Region's Screenwriting
Buro24/7 || Interview: Darine Hotait founder of Cinephilia
Executive Magazine || Investing in the Future of Arab Cinema. Cinephilia Screenwriting Lab seeks to develop Arab talent
. L'Hebdo Magazine || Darine Hotait, fondatrice de Cinephilia Productions. «Nous cherchons des projets au-delà du classique»
The Daily Star || New Laboratory for Film writing
The National || Workshops for screenwriters in the UAE
Time Out || Cinephilia Lab hits Beirut
Now Lebanon || Promoting films, telling stories