Last Floor Productions (LFP), which caters to the MENA region as well as global markets, is launching a first-of-its-kind, non-profit initiative, offering tuition-free training and workshops to aspiring TV show creators.
The initiative, Last Floor Academy (LFA), launched with the support of the Zurich-based Drosos Foundation, is giving a unique opportunity for talented writers residing in Lebanon to create their own TV shows.
According to the production company, LFA is presently “looking for 15 motivated, determined, and talented writers who are ready to create their own TV shows to apply by February 5, 2022.”
“If they are selected, they will have the chance to join a free – and extremely intensive – two-month program that kicks off in mid-February 2022. At the end of that program, they will be ready to pitch their TV show to leading media executives in the region.”
Based in both London and Beirut, Last Floor Productions (LFP) was founded in 2019 by the Lebanese scriptwriters and film creators Firas Abou Fakher, Nasri Atallah, and Daniel Habib, who have now deemed it necessary to create a free program to train the next generation of Arab-speaking screenwriters.
Their decision to launch the academy ensues from their professional perspective that “there aren’t enough well-trained creators and writers to take on the task” of embracing the global radical reshaping of the film and TV production industry.
However, while that “global revolution” has taken off over the past decade, there has been “a common refrain amongst media executives in the region,” which has now led LFP to initiate the Last Floor Academy as “part of the solution to that challenge.”
Since its launching in 2019, LFP has made a major stride in the entertainment industry, creating successful TV programs, namely Al Shak and Fixer, for MBC Shahid, and documentary films for brands and institutions such as the Victoria & Albert Museum in the UK and Apple in India.
“Last Floor Academy is committed to diversity and inclusivity within its program and wants prospective writers and TV show writers from all walks of life to apply,” the LFP stated.
Applications must be submitted by February 5th at the most. Previous studies in film and TV are welcome yet not a requirement as the selected screenwriters will receive intensive training and acquire real-world skills for sustainable careers in the industry.
“The in-person seminars will be held in Beirut and transport stipends will be available to ensure equal opportunity for those traveling into the capital,” the LFP said.