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After Taking Part in Cannes, Ayman El-Amir Holds Workshop “Script to Screen”


Thu 23 May 2024 | 12:35 PM
Yara Sameh

The management of MedFest Forum announced the participation deadline in the “Script to Screen” program on May 25. 

It is a free workshop that aims to enhance writing short film scripts over three months. Eight amateur and professional scriptwriters and filmmakers from Egypt will be chosen. Additionally, two films will receive production grants, estimated at 250,000 EGP. 

The workshop targets youth from Minya, Sohag, Beni Suef, Dakahlia, Beheira, Port Said, and Cairo. The Forum management will bear the costs of accommodation and transportation.

Moreover, the workshop is to be presented by film director and script consultant Ayman El-Amir who contributed to the development of multiple cinematic projects, including: “Goodbye Julia”, and “Costa Brava”, participating in “Un Certain Regard” at Cannes Festival. 

He is also the director of “The Brink of Dreams”, participating in the official competition of the Critics’ Week at the Cannes Festival. 

Concerning “From Script to Screen”, MedFest Co-founder, actor and director Dr. Mina El-Naggar, stated that there is a need for films highlighting a thorough understanding of mental and physical heath as well as shaping characters in a way that focuses on psychological dimensions and is linked to related ideas. 

"The first phase is writing, developing and producing original stories tackling health-related notions, which we follow up until they turn into complete scenarios," he added. "Through this program, we are keen to offer all possible opportunities to produce these scenarios, along with production grants. Therefore, there is a chance to create new ideas and goals related to the “From Script to Screen” program."

As for what makes the “From Script to Screen” program special, El-Naggar noted, “The program is to be available to all writers, especially experienced ones. We are also keen to offer opportunities to Egyptian youth. Regarding the main themes this year, they are: social species and their impact on different forms of violence, and increasing production grants. Interviews and presentations of these films will be available to a number of producers during the festival.”