We are delighted to announce our fall 2021 film lab, held in partnership with MPAC’s Hollywood Bureau, The Pillars Fund and Open Screenplay.
Six talented screenwriters will be selected to work on their short film screenplays and be mentored by our team of accomplished filmmakers and industry professionals, with one screenplay to be selected for production!
The lab combines personalized individual and group sessions to facilitate a dynamic and creative development of a screenplay. Through the generous sharing of personal processes of creation among a group of film professionals, the 10 day lab aims to provide the participants with a fertile environment to learn and be inspired.
Patrick Alexander Stewart
Acclaimed Producer & Cinematographer
In addition to compliance with the film lab’s eligibility requirements, submitted applications will be evaluated on a variety of factors including but not limited to relevance to contest topic, originality, creativity, and structure. Applications are judged by a select committee of lab partners.
M Film Lab is a free-to-join screenwriting workshop and mentorship opportunity for storytellers and creators committed to fair artistic representation of Muslims and Islam in film & television. Using an online format and advanced tools, The M Film Lab aims to discover and provide opportunities to aspiring screenwriters, while creating a pipeline of compelling, meaningful content that sheds light on the issues facing Muslims in America and abroad.
The M Film Lab is open to all aspiring screenwriters, and features opportunities to work with and learn from accomplished industry professionals, forge new connections with other artists.
The Pillars Fund amplifies the leadership, narratives, and talents of Muslims in the United States to advance opportunity and justice for all. Since their founding in 2010, Pillars has distributed more than $6 million in grants to Muslim organizations and leaders who advance social good. Pillars Fund invest in community-focused initiatives, push back against harmful narratives, uplift Muslim stories, and give collectively to generate resources within Muslim communities for Muslim communities.
MPAC’s Hollywood Bureau changes the narrative of Islam and Muslims in the entertainment industry so that audiences see Muslims as vital contributors to creating social and cultural change in America and around the world. We do this by engaging decision makers and creatives to improve the quality of authentic, nuanced, and inclusive depictions of Islam and Muslims. We also create opportunities for Muslim storytellers to tell their own stories
Open Screenplay is a first of its kind online platform where storytellers from all over the world can write, learn, collaborate, share and connect with opportunities to be paid and produced. Open Screenplay aims to bring democracy and diversity to the world of film and television, so that the world we see on the screen is as beautifully diverse as the one we live in.