Applications may be submitted January 15 to February 28 for “TAREULA II – Production and Scriptwriting Course for Professional European and Latin American Producers,” organized by the Spanish entity EGEDA (Entidad de Gestión de Derechos de los Productores Audiovisuales), in coordination with LATC (Latin American Training Center) and FIA (Fundación para la Investigación del Audiovisual).

Aimed at promoting cooperation between Europe and Latin America in the audiovisual production field and co-production and distribution agreements, as well as expanding commercial opportunities for audiovisual works, the Course offers practical training in the form of a 3-day seminar, followed by 3 months of on-line, individual training by film industry professionals with proven international experience. The seminar includes topics such as contracts, digital rights management, production and distribution of audiovisual content, film finance, co-production, new opportunities in the digital era and their impact on exhibition and new audiovisual business models.

The course will be held in 4 regional centers: Buenos Aires (Argentina), Bogota (Colombia), Mexico DF (Mexico) e San Sebastian (Spain), but applications may be submitted by filmmakers from throughout Latin America and Europe. Participants in each city are limited to 15, and candidates must have a minimum of 2 years experience in the audiovisual sector, as well as a film project in development, with a completed script to be developed during the Course. The announcement of final participants will be made on March 1st and the seminars will be held in April and May (see calendar below).

Following the first two modules, the film projects will be reviewed by an international jury of film industry professionals which will evaluate the script, budget, marketing plan and other elements of a coherent film project “package.” Five projects will be selected from each regional center and the corresponding filmmakers will be awarded a trip to participate in the San Sebastian Film Festival co-production market in September 2010.  While there, the filmmakers will participate in a practical pitching and packaging training session applied to their projects.

“These courses, funded in part by the European Media Program and Ibermedia, will focus training on four general themes considered essential for the professional film producer: “script and project development,” “technical training,” “film festivals as platforms for negotiation,” and “distribution and new business models for the audiovisual sector.” In addition to hands-on training and personal tutoring for each project, the participants will gain access to a network of industry contacts of European and Latin American producers which will provide important opportunities for co-production, which is one of the final goals of the program,” explained Carlos Antón, Director of EGEDA.

Following acceptance of the producer’s application, the payment of the participation fee of € 500 (five hundred Euros) may be made exclusively at this website, following the announcement of the selection.

CALENDAR:

APPLICATION PERIOD:  January 15 – February 28

ANNOUNCEMENT OF 15 CANDIDATES SELECTED IN EACH REGION: March 1

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT FULL SCRIPT OF THE PROJECT: March 5

SEMINAR DATES (tentative):

Buenos Aires: April 7, 8, 9

Mexico: April 27, 28, 29

San Sebastian: May 4, 5, 6

Bogota: May 11, 12, 13

INDIVIDUAL ON-LINE TRAINING – SCRIPT AND PROJECT DEVELOPMENT:

April 1-June 30

EVALUATION OF ALL 60 PROJECTS BY INTERNATIONAL FILM INDUSTRY JURY: July 1 – July 15

ANNOUNCEMENT OF 5 PROJECTS SELECTED IN EACH REGION:  July 30

TRIP OF 20 WINNERS TO SAN SEBASTIAN: September 15-21

For more information contact:

Maite González – maite.gonzalez@egeda.com, tel. +34 91 512 1610

Bruna Brasil – bruna.latc@gmail.com, tel. +55 21 8191 4311

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