Sundance Institute has announced the eight participants in the recent fourth annual Middle East Screenwriters Lab run by the Royal Film Commission in Jordan in consultation with Sundance Institute.

The five-day lab took place from October 14-19 and matched emerging film-makers with creative advisors.

The projects and participants selected for the 2008 Middle East Screenwriters Lab were:

Abu Shanab by Aseel Mansour (Jordan)
The Fifth String by Selma Bargach (Morocco)
Land Of The Brave by Nizar Wattad (Palestinian Territories/US)
Let It Be Morning by Sayed Kashua (Israel)
Little American Whore by Maysoon Zayid (Palestinian Territories/US)
My Brother The Devil by Sally El- Hosaini (Egypt/UK)
Prison Diaries by Mai Masri (Palestinian Territories/Lebanon)
When We Are Born by Nadine Shams (Egypt)

'As Sundance Institute continues a commitment to international storytelling, our partnership with the Royal Jordanian Film Commission has gathered an extremely talented and original group of emerging screenwriters from the region whose work I feel certain will be seen by audiences all over the world,' Sundance Institute executive director Ken Brecher said.

'Throughout the past three years, the Lab has helped transform the wealth of stories from the region into films,' Mohannad Al-Bakri, capacity building manager at the Royal Film Commission, said.

'The Lab known as RAWI is a stepping stone for regional screenwriters and directors, helping them to materialise their films and individual visions.'

The two first features to emerge from the 2005 Middle Eastern Lab went into production this year and are in the final stages of post-production. Amreeka is written and directed by Cherien Dabis from Palestine, Jordan and the US, and Pomegranates And Myrrh is written and directed by Palestinian Najwa Najar.

Iraqi project Um Hussein, from the 2007 Screenwriters Lab, was directed by Mohamed Al-Daradji and co-written with Jennifer Norridge and is currently in pre-production.