The Script Lab is an immersive three-week online scriptwriting course open to participants of all nationalities who have a draft of a feature-length script in English or Arabic that would benefit from professional development in a supportive and inspiring environment. With a focus on strengthening the narrative arc and deepening character development, the course provides intensive training to help participants take their scripts to the next level. By the end of the course, participants can expect to have a more polished script that will be in a better position to secure funding or go into production.
Registration for the Script Lab is free, but participants are asked to register for the course in advance in their preferred language as places on each course are limited to 10 people and demand is high. Participants are also required to submit their draft scripts in advance so that the instructors can familiarise themselves with the works and ensure that the course is evenly balanced among all participants who undergo the training.
The Script Lab will be offered simultaneously in both English and Arabic in parallel online courses that will run between the dates of 25 October to 15 November 2020. The English course will run from 7:30 pm–9:30 pm and the Arabic course will run from 6:30 pm–8:30 pm every Sunday and Wednesday.
Sharjah Art Foundation’s annual film festival, Sharjah Film Platform (SFP), returns for its third edition from 14 to 21 November 2020. In addition to presenting a rich programme of film screenings, workshops and talks, and in keeping with its commitment to supporting and nurturing filmmaking talent regionally and internationally, Sharjah Film Platform is introducing the Industry Hub with four main initiatives: the Script Lab, the Pre-production Strategies Course, the Virtual Film Distribution Market and the Pitching Forum.
The third edition of Sharjah Art Foundation’s film festival, Sharjah Film Platform 3 (SFP3), features over 60 short and feature-length films, a public programme of talks and workshops, the SFP Industry Hub and awards. SFP3 takes place across cinemas in Sharjah and online.