In order to stimulate screenwriting in Latin America countries, promote artistic creation, and help new writers in today’s highly competitive film and entertainment industry, the Latin American Training Center-LATC announces its Latin American Screenplay Treatment Competition 2017, with the support of CIBA, the Ibero American Regional Association of CILECT (the International Association of Film and Television Schools), and Final Draft, Screenwriting Software.

LATC will award the first place winner a cash prize of US$ 500 (five hundred dollars). In addition, the first and the second place winners will receive a gift certificate to download the latest version of Final Draft Screenwriting Software, as well as feedback on the screenplay treatment by the renowned Brazilian script doctor Doc Comparato.

The Competition is open to students currently enrolled in the final year of  CILECT member schools in Latin America:
Argentina       
Escuela Nacional de Experimentación y Realización Cinematográfica (ENERC)
Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA)
Universidad del Cine (UCINE)
Brazil
Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RJ)
Universidade de São Paulo (USP)
Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP)
Colombia
Universidad Nacional de Colombia (UNAL)
Costa Rica
Facultad de Imagen – Universidad Veritas
Cuba
Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV (EICTV)
Ecuador
Instituto Superior Tecnológico de Cine y Actuación (INCINE)
Mexico
Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC)
Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos (CUEC)
Universidad de Guadalajara
Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA)
Uruguay
Escuela de Cine del Uruguay (ECU)

Each school will designate a coordinator to receive the submitted treatments. The selection of the participants and their respective treatments will be based on criteria established by each participating school. Each school may submit a maximum of 3 participants. A Selection Committee comprised of 3 qualified members (1 from LATC and 2 from CIBA-CILECT schools) will evaluate the treatments according to a rank order system and criteria.

Participants will send their treatments to each school representative beginning  September 4th up to October 13th. The results will be announced at the Ventana Sur Film Market, in Buenos Aires, November 27-December 1, 2017 (date TBD).

The Competition Regulations, the Calendar and Registration Form are available (in Portuguese and Spanish) on the LATC website www.latamtrainingcenter.com. For more information, contact Mr. Tiago Elídio, Coordinator of the Competition, tiago.latc@gmail.com.

ABOUT CILECT:

CILECT (Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision, the International Association of Film and Television Schools) is the association of the world’s major film and television schools. It was founded in Cannes in 1955. Its goals are to provide a means for the exchange of ideas among member schools, and to help them understand the future of education for creative personnel in film, television, and related media. It is dedicated to the creation, development and maintenance of regional and international co-operation among its member schools, and to the encouragement of film and television training in the developing world. CILECT Ibero América (CIBA) is the organization of Latin American film schools. www.cilect.org.

ABOUT LATC:

Located in Rio de Janeiro, the Latin American Training Center – Centro Latino-Americano de Treinamento e Assessoria Audiovisual – is a regional media training and consulting firm focused on professional development of the new generation of filmmakers and other media professionals in Latin America. LATC also offers a full array of consulting services for film and television projects and film commissions, including project development and packaging, co-production orientation, identification of appropriate funding sources, as well as international representation. LATC is affiliated with: CILECT – Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision (Brussels), IFTA – Independent Film & Television Alliance (Los Angeles), IFP – Independent Filmmaker Project (New York), NALIP – National Association of Latino Independent Producers (Los Angeles), The Incentives Office (Los Angeles), EGEDA – Entidad de Gestión de Derechos de los Productores Audiovisuales (Madrid), Cesnik, Quintino e Salinas (São Paulo) and FilmGate Interactive (Miami) www.latamtrainingcenter.com

ABOUT FINAL DRAFT:

Final Draft, a Cast & Crew Company, has published Final Draft® software – the number-one selling screenwriting application in the world – for 25 years. Final Draft automatically paginates and formats your script to industry standards, allowing writers to focus on what they do best – writing scripts. Used by such industry giants as J.J. Abrams, James Cameron and Aaron Sorkin, Final Draft software is the professional’s choice and the entertainment industry standard. In addition to its flagship software product, Final Draftoffers the annual Big Break℠ Contest – a screenwriting competition that launches careers, and awards over $80,000 in cash and prizes. Final Draft also offers the Reader® and Writer® apps for iPhone and iPad, making creativity truly portable. To learn more about Final Draft and its products and services, visit: www.finaldraft.com

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