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

Cinephilia Screenwriting Lab: Investing in the Future of Arab Cinema
— Executive Magazine



Screenwriting For Short Films (March/April 2019)
5 Sessions - 3 hours per session
Dates: Saturdays March 23, 30, April 6, 13 & 20.
Time: TBA
Registrations open February 15, 2019.

Over the course of 5 sessions, participants will finalize a draft of their narrative short film screenplay. Open to all levels. The workshop will only accept a maximum of 6 screenwriters.

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

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. LISBON, Portugal: September 29, 2018 || Masterclass organized by 5th Olhares Do Mediterraneo at VALSA
. BEIRUT, Lebanon: September 2018 || Masterclass organized by 13th Lebanese Film Festival at Lebanese American University
. NEW YORK CITY: August 13-September 4, 2018 || Literary Adaptation Workshop, Asian American Writers' Workshop (AAWW)
. PARIS, France: June 26-July 8, 2018 || Cinephilia Screenwriting Lab for Shorts, In Collaboration with Institut Du Monde Arabe/Arab World Institute and The Festival of Arab Cinema in Paris
. DETROIT, USA: June 1-3, 2018 || 13th Arab Film Festival at Cinetopia Film Festival at Arab American National Museum
. ROTTERDAM, Netherlands: October 4-16, 2017 || In Collaboration with Arab Film Festival. With the support of The City of Rotterdam
NEW YORK CITY: August 8-15-22-29, 2017 || Asian American Writers' Workshop (AAWW)
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 


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