“THE OWL” SEEKS APPLICATIONS FROM ESTABLISHED SCREENWRITERS READY TO LAUNCH INTERNATIONAL CAREERS
The screenwriting workshop backed by the Marché du Film and based in Athens, Greece will promote the development of audience driven Film and TV projects on a global scale.
THE OWL is an annual workshop, mentoring, and networking opportunity for 10 film professionals developing movie or TV scripts. Backed by the Marché du Film of Cannes and the Athens Film Office, the project was established to help screenwriters who have already achieved early-career success with a distributed film or TV show. It provides tools to help them grow their careers on a global scale.
The workshop is especially focused on supporting screenwriters working outside global centres of film production to craft their scripts to appeal to the global market. To do so they will be mentored by industry experts from the global market and in particular decision makers who have the ability to finance their scripts. The workshop includes mentorship by industry screenwriting and business experts from the US and UK, as well as the opportunity to attend the Marché du Film at Cannes.
Screenwriters who participate in THE OWL will enjoy a fully-funded program, with all expenses covered during the workshop including accommodation, food and local experiences to see how major productions are making Athens into their film set.
Applicants should submit an unproduced draft or a work-in-progress for a film or TV script that could be adapted for filming in Greece. The adaptation for the film to be set or shot in Greece does not need to be completed before applying. Participation in the workshops in Athens will give participants the freedom to explore their stories and characters alongside industry experts and an international cohort of peers, creating a network of industry players at all career stages.
Applicants must have written at least one film or TV episode that has been distributed to cinemas or television at a national level. A committee of international experts will select the writers of the top five TV and top five film scripts to attend the workshop.
Stathis Kalogeropoulos, Head of the Athens Film Office, notes “The idea is that we can transform a story that is set in the suburbs and redevelop the story to be filmed in the neighbourhoods of Athens. Or we can re-imagine the wilderness on Mount Olympus. We can see what happens when an austere modern apartment appears in the middle of a rural fishing village. Filmmakers can build tension and drama by setting their stories in Greece, creating dynamic characters in a setting full of contrasts and allegorical intensity that is known everywhere in the world.”
During the five-day workshop that begins on 5 October 2022, the selected screenwriters will meet in Athens to discuss their projects. The workshop will be lead by two USC screenwriting professors, Tom Abrams and David Isaacs, and will include mentorship from
industry experts including Kristen Barnett (Head of Television, Lea Pictures), Jenny Borgars (Deputy Managing Director, Pathe UK), Pavlina Hatoupis (Executive Producer, The First Lady), Julien Leroux (Executive Producer, Tehran), Olivia Mascheroni (Agent at Verve Talent and Lit agency).
After refining their work alone, they will also receive one-to-one mentorship remotely in February 2023. By the end of the workshop, all attendees will be equipped to pitch their project to buyers in the film market in Cannes.
The formal conclusion of the workshop will take place during a ceremony at the Cannes Film Festival’s Marché du Film. At the closing ceremony, two participants will be selected to receive a month-long residency in Greece and a stipend to complete their script.
The workshop is sponsored by the Marché du Film, the Embassy of the United States in Greece, Enterprise Greece, Aegean Airlines, the Athens International Film Festival, the Greek National Tourism Organization and is organized in cooperation with the Greek Film Center.
About The Athens Film Office:
The Athens Film Office (AFO) was created in March 2020 through the Athens Development and Destination Management Agency (ADDMA). Its main goal is to attract international productions and transform the City of Athens into a “film-friendly city.” From city to coast, from classical to contemporary, Athens has outstanding options for every production. The office connects creatives with local service providers that handle everything from transport to translation, while supporting events that bring creative people together to continue the city’s long creative tradition. For more information, please visit athensfilmoffice.com.
Applicants should visit theowl.afo.events