Misk Screenwriting Program

In partnership with the Film Commission, this intensive writing program will equip screenwriters and filmmakers who aspire to be leaders in the field with all the tools necessary to develop a short narrative screenplay. Over 12 weeks, this exceptional, hands-on program will guide participants through every step of the writing process, molding their story ideas into producible scripts.
Application open
01 May 2022
Application Close
25 May 2022

This intensive program is designed for aspiring talented and creative Saudi screenwriters and filmmakers committed to creating engaging screenplays and pursuing real careers in film/television. The program will largely consist of actively workshopping the writers’ weekly screenplay submissions.  Over 12 weeks, each writer will develop a script for a narrative short film and receive weekly feedback on 10 drafts. This program is highly selective and accepts 10 writers per cohort.


These courses will be supplemented by critically watching short films, reading scripts, and completing writing exercises. Ideally, each screenwriter will complete the course with a production-ready short script. We will meet twice a week on Zoom for 3.5-hour sessions (Mondays and Wednesday, 18:00-21:30 GMT+3). 


Course discussions will primarily be held in Arabic, however, participants are expected to watch films and read scripts in both Arabic and English. Each participant is free to write in the language of their choice (Arabic or English) 


Program outcomes
  • Ability to generate and pitch story ideas.
  • Experience every step of the writing (and rewriting) process.
  • Practice moderating discussions and delivering honest non-prescriptive feedback.
  • Gain an understanding of different film genres and learn to recognize each one’s conventions.
  • A community of writers that meet consistently to share feedback and develop projects (film and TV).
Program highlights
12 Weeks
Live sessions - (every Monday and Wednesday 18:00-21:30 KSA time)
Arabic and English
Internship opportunities for top performers
A space for honest and non- prescriptive critique
Capstone Project
Apply learnings as you go to finetune your screenplay
Application criteria
  • Saudi nationals or individuals whose spouse or mother is a Saudi national.
  • 18 years old or above when the course starts.
  • Fluency in Arabic and comfort to read/watch films in English (participants may WRITE in either language).
  • Dedicate at least 7 hours per week to attend live sessions and an additional 6-8 hours to complete weekly assignments.


Raed Alsemari is a filmmaker from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. His short film Dunya’s Day premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Jury Award for International Fiction. It’s since toured over 30 film festivals, including Palm Springs ShortFest, San Francisco Int’l Film Festival, Cairo and Durban International Film Festivals. Alsemari completed his MFA in Filmmaking at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Before that, he obtained his BA in History and Literature at Harvard University. In 2019, he was chosen by Screen International magazine as one of five actors/directors featured in their annual “Arab Stars of Tomorrow.” In 2020, he was one of 11 filmmakers chosen for a development program with China/US production company Starlight Media (known for Crazy Rich Asians).

Frequently asked questions

This program is for Saudi nationals or individuals whose spouse or mother is Saudi.

Yes! Once you complete the graduation process, you will receive your graduation certificate.

Yes, both writing submissions are required for acceptance into the program.

Only 10 writers will be accepted into the program to ensure time and quality feedback for scripts.

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Application open
01 May 2022
Application Close
25 May 2022
Application Process
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  2. Apply
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  3. Evaluation
    We will review your application criteria then decide if this program is right for you.
  4. Interview
    Attend one-on-one interview virtually
  5. Application confirmation
    Successful applicants will receive an email confirming their program enrollment. We will also share more program-specific information and details about your participation.
This program is in partnership with
The Film Commission is a Saudi government body affiliated with the Ministry of Culture. It was established by a decision of the Council of Ministers in February 2020, in Riyadh, aiming at developing the film sector and the production environment in the Kingdom as well as supporting, motivating and enabling Saudi filmmakers.

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