the City of Athens & the Athens Film Office present

The annual workshop for professional screenwriters with global ambitions

October 1-4, 2024


Step onto the international stage

Each year, the Owl trains 10 professional screenwriters to develop a film or TV project that could take their career global. We are looking for audience driven scripts for the international market.

influential writers, producers, decision-makers and executives getting to know you and your work
networking with industry professionals and screenwriters at the same career stage
one-on-one mentoring to maximize your project’s appeal to international producers
masterclasses and panel talks on how to further your career
expert tutorials on how to succeed in the fast-changing global film and TV industries
opportunity to pitch your project at the Owl Industry Days; a 2-day market event with studio representatives, producers, broadcasters and platforms

Our Vision

The Owl was created by the Athens Film Office to help develop film and TV projects with international appeal, and that make the most of the advantages Athens offers to the industry.

It is an annual workshop for screenwriters who have already achieved early-career success with a distributed film or TV show and who are ready to launch their career internationally. The workshop aims to create a bridge for screenwriters working outside global centers of film production to reach some of the most well-funded and commercially successful film producers in the world.

A group of 10 film professionals will be selected to participate in the mentoring and networking workshop held October 1-4, in Athens, Greece.

We’re looking for screenwriters from a diverse range of backgrounds and identities who develop audience-driven feature films and TV series, combining artistic vision and commercial potential, and which could be adapted to be produced and/or shot in Greece. Entries are judged by a Selection Committee of experienced film and TV professionals. Judging is based on the writer’s track record and overall quality of the script, originality, writing style and concept marketability.

The variety and versatility of Greece makes it the ideal base for a wide range of productions. With locations from inner-city streets to the classic white sand beaches, a project doesn’t need to be set in Greece to shoot here.

What to expect

The Owl Screenwriting Workshop runs in three sessions:

1st session is held in Athens October 1-4 at the St. George Lycabettus Hotel

Screenwriters are invited to participate in the full Owl program in Athens which comprises of:

The Athens Film Office and the City of Athens cover room and board costs, tuition fees and experiences such as walking tours, networking opportunities and potential screenings.

2nd session is online in March 2025

Having completed an intensive workshop in Athens, screenwriters will submit a second draft of their Feature Film or TV pilot. In March, they will participate in a group workshop, led by prof. Scott Myers, where each cohort member has read each other’s revised scripts.

3rd session is held in Athens in October 2025

Upon completion of their final draft, screenwriters are invited to return to Athens and partake in their final Group Session; a conversation with their cohort and prof. Scott Myers about the state of each writer’s revised script. They will also have the opportunity to take a masterclass on pitching and then present their projects in a pitching event in front of a committee at The Owl Industry Days; a two day market event running parallel to the Owl Screenwriting Workshop.