SCREENWRITING MasterClass

With a goal to link talented screenwriters with industry professionals, the first edition of the FADE IN: SCREENWRITING MASTERCLASS combines the art and the business of making film & Television in Lebanon. There are two sections in the MasterClass: Feature Film & Television. Film will be held in July and Television in August, each for 8 intensive evening sessions. MasterClass Writers will be expected to attend all sessions. In these sessions, writers will be coached to bring their ideas to “pitch” level. They will write sample screenplay pages and create a marketable pitch deck for their projects. Each writer will pitch their ideas to our partner Producer / Distributor Mohamed Fathallah and will be considered to be bought, optioned or hired on existing projects.

Criteria to apply:

– Writers of any age residing in Lebanon
– Lebanese nationality
– A fluency in English, however writing can be in Arabic
– Knowledge of the art and craft of screenwriting. We are looking for writers who have written for the screen before (even if they haven’t been produced). This is not a beginner class, but can be for first or second feature films or series.
– Writing groups are not eligible – if you have a co-writer, please let us know so we can discuss your options and/or any exceptions

Application process:

– Prepare your work OFFLINE before continuing:

o Log-line for your project – short, snappy sentence describing your idea
o Short synopsis of your idea (up to 500 words)
o Writer Statement: your bio and why you became a writer, what you hope to achieve, anything that tells us about you (up to 250 words)
o Previous work experience: in and out of the creative field
o 2-3 different sample screenplay pages each up to 4 pages

– Apply online at: www.fadeinbeirut.com/masterclass-application
– You will receive a confirmation from info@fadeinbeirut.com – If you do not receive your confirmation email within 24-48 hours, please make sure you check spam/junk folders and/or contact us
– Requested screenplay samples by the deadline below to be considered*

*all information, screenplays, film and tv series ideas are confidential and will not be shared with anyone outside the trainer and partner of this MasterClass. Any work already being developed or produced by fadein and any of its partners will hold the burden of proof should any disputes arise

Application deadline:

FEATURE FILM: no later than June 20 at 11:59pm (Beirut time)
TELEVISION: no later than July 17 at 11:59pm (Beirut time)

Notification:
Feature film applicants will be notified by June 27
Television applicants will be notified by July 24

Session dates:

FILM: 6:30 – 9:00pm at the fadein Writers Room in Mar Mkhael
Mon | Wed | Friday
July 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14 one week break July 24, 26
Pitch day: July 28

TELEVISION 6:30 – 9:00pm at the fadein Writers Room in Mar Mkhael
Mon | Wed | Friday
August 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18
Pitch day: August 21

Session details:

The program is designed to help writers take their ideas to the next level and prepare them to pitch to a Producer. 4 sessions are dedicated to idea-building, visual storytelling and writing sample pages. 3 sessions are dedicated to building a legitimate pitch and 1 session will be given by the Producer to prepare writers for the business side of their work. An additional PITCH DAY is scheduled to present to the Producer

Promises:

– While the Producer is under no obligation to choose any projects, each project will get notes and guidance for any next steps
– Chosen projects will get a negotiated sum of money and will sign an agreement with Fathallah films
– Chosen projects will have consultation sessions scheduled with fadein to finish the feature films or up to 3 episodes of Television
– Chosen projects will have an agreement of completion with Fathallah Films
– Optioned projects will sign an agreement of up to one year with Fathallah Films and cannot be produced, pitched or distributed to outside entities within that year
– Promising writers have the chance to be hired on existing projects that are being developed at fadein and Fathallah films

Fees:
$350 total to be paid and finalized up to 3 days after acceptance

THE TEAM

Nadia Tabbara, Founder / Screenwriter: Film & TV

Nadia Tabbara is a screenwriter who grew up in the United States and moved back to the country to lend her voice and writing expertise to make film and TV in Lebanon regionally successful and globally recognized. As a screenwriter, her scripts have competed in Hollywood and her short films have screened at top-tier film festivals including SXSW (South by Southwest) and the Milano International Film Festival. Her debut Lebanese short film won Runner-up and Best Writing at the 48 Hour Film Project in 2013. Most recently, she is in development of a comedy feature film and has a completed 15-episode TV series as head-writer and creator.

Nadia’s Path:
In 2005, Nadia received her BA in Film and Writing from Emerson College in Boston and headed to New York City where she would work in the Film industry for over 5 years on major Hollywood films such as “Step Up 3D”, “The Adjustment Bureau” and “New York, I Love You” and popular TV shows such as “Bored to Death” and “The Good Wife.” During this time, she continued her training with award-winning screenwriter Jacob Krueger, where she spent over 2 years in his specialized Studio finishing her first (of many) feature film screenplays. She moved back to Lebanon in 2011 and opened FADE IN: creative academy in 2013, growing it into a competitive writing hub with an education program for aspiring writers and a content creation department for screenplays and branded material.

Mohamed Fathallah, Film & TV Producer / Distributor 

Mohamed Fathallah is a movie connoisseur, Distributor and Producer who believes in driving the business of cinema through the art. With a finger on the pulse of marketable content in the region, he can take the art form to new heights, both locally and internationally. He began bridging the gap between the rest of the world and Middle Eastern Productions as an essential part of the collaboration to fund and produce “Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet” as an animation feature film directed by Roger Allers and produced by Salma Hayek. Mohamed studied the art of producing films in Los Angeles with Hollywood’s Lucas Foster (Mr & Mrs Smith, Man on Fire, etc.) and has since been applying his knowledge to the region. Another way he contributed in this convergence was by helping found Telly.com – a social video-on-demand platform – in the Middle East.

Mohamed’s path:
After completing his studies in Business, he joined the Marketing and Product Development teams of multinationals, such as Adidas and Audi, building his experience while traveling across the world under their wings. Through these, Mohamed nurtured a specialization in start-ups and cultivated an understanding of the regional market and what kind of products and content they will consume. Mohamed is 3rd generation of Fathallah Films, a production and distribution company started by his grandfather in 1950. For more than 65 years, Fathallah Films has worked at producing and distributing hundreds of films from Hollywood blockbusters to local and Egyptian independent productions.