the City of Athens & the Athens Film Office present

The annual workshop for professional screenwriters with global ambitions


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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 other professional screenwriters at the same career stage
script workshops and one-on-one mentoring to maximise your project’s appeal to international producers
screenings and industry networking opportunities at the Athens International Film Festival
expert tutorials on how to succeed in the fast-changing global film and TV industries
exposure at Cannes Marché du Film, the key industry event at the Cannes Film Festival

Access and support

The Owl aims to introduce unique voices to the international film and TV market. We’re committed to supporting professional writers with a diverse range of backgrounds and identities.

Entries are judged by an international Selection Committee of experienced film and TV industry professionals. Judging is based on the writer’s track record and overall quality of the script, originality, writing style and concept marketability.

Accommodation and meals throughout the Athens workshop
Cannes Film Festival pass
Stipend to help with festival attendance costs

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 Greece offers to the industry.

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 potentially be produced and/or shot in Greece.

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.