Frequently asked questions

Who can apply

Can I apply along with my producer?

No, the Owl is geared towards writers only.

Can writing teams apply?

Unfortunately we cannot accommodate writing teams at this stage.

I don’t have an agent, am I still eligible to apply?

Yes, writers with or without representation are welcome to apply; provided they have a proven track record of their work.

Submissions and selection

How many TV and how many film projects will you select?

The Owl will select five (5) TV drama pilot scripts and five (5) feature film scripts.

Who chooses which scripts are accepted?

There is a Selection Committee which consists of experienced film and television industry professionals based in Greece and internationally.

Can I submit more than one project?

No; the Owl can only accept one script per writer.

Is it all right if my project has been workshopped elsewhere?


If I have submitted a project, can I send an updated version at a later stage?

No; only one copy of the script will be accepted.

My script has been optioned – am I still eligible to apply?

Yes, as long as you can show that the entity holding the option has granted permission to workshop the material.

Does my project need to be about Greece?

We welcome creativity regardless of the project’s theme or genre. We will prioritize projects that can be produced/shot in Greece. Greece offers a wide variety of locations, so a project does not necessarily have to be set in Greece to be produced/shot here.

Will I be given feedback, if not selected?

Unfortunately, because of the large number of applications, we are unable to provide feedback if your project is not selected.

Closing ceremony and Residency Awards

Is it mandatory that I attend Cannes?

No; participants are not required, but are highly encouraged, to attend the festival and explore first-hand all that Cannes has to offer.

If I don’t attend Cannes, am I still eligible for Residency Award?

Yes, absolutely. All projects that participate in the Owl workshop are eligible for the Residency Awards.


Is there a fee to submit my application?


What are the costs of attending the workshop if selected?

The Owl will cover accommodation and meals during the main workshop in Athens. The Cannes Film Market supports the Owl, allowing the workshop to offer a stipend to help with the costs of attending the Cannes Film Festival, along with a free festival pass. Participants will be expected to cover their own travel to Athens and their travel and living in Cannes.