The Latin American Training Center and the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies of Florida Atlantic University are pleased to announce the winners of the Brazil-Florida Student Screenplay Treatment Competition 2018. Focused on cross-border and immigration themes, the competition aimed to encourage co-productions of feature films (fiction or documentaries) between Florida and Brazil, to promote location shooting in both regions, as well as to help new writers find success in today’s highly competitive film and entertainment industries.

The treatments were judged by a Selection Committee composed by professionals designated by the supporting organizations, namely: Dr. Nuria Godón, Associate Professor of Spanish of the Florida Atlantic University, Ms. Suzanne Seixas Thorson, representative of The Brazil International Foundation, and Kate Lyra, LATC Director. The results of the selection process and winners from each country are shown below with their respective classifications. 


  • Mabel e Sara – Ananda Radhika Meron Postiglione
  • I Dream of America – Breno Buswell
  • Ventania – Isabella Yoshimura


  • Yanomami Daughter: A Film of Genealogical Discovery – Melissa Aldana
  • The Trial – Samantha Szekely

The first-place winning screenplay treatment from Florida and the first-place winning screenplay treatment from Brazil will each receive a U$500 cash award from LATC, toward development of the screenplays. Second-place winners will receive a cash prize of U$300 and the third-place winner will receive U$200. In addition, the winning treatments from both Florida and Brazil will be made available to production companies in the US and Brazil for possible acquisition, development and/or production. They will also receive a copy of the LATC publication, Latin American Cinema Today: The Director’s Perspective.

The Brazil-Florida Student Screenplay Treatment Competition 2018 was open to registered university students in Florida and Brazil. It was organized by the Latin American Training Center, with support by the Florida Atlantic University, the Brazil International Foundation, the Brazilian Film Commission Network-REBRAFIC, and the Brazilian Forum for the Teaching of Film and Audiovisual-Forcine.

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About the Latin American Training Center-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 a member of the Brazilian Forum for the Teaching of Film and Audiovisual-FORCINE and is also a partner member of the International Association of Film and Television Schools-CILECT.

About Florida Atlantic University-FAU:

Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. For more information, visit

About the Brazil International Foundation-BIF:

The Brazil International Foundation is a nonprofit holding company established to oversee and plan activities for its two subsidiaries, the Brazilian Business Group (BBG) and the Brazilian Cultural Group (BCG), as well as to manage the processing of donations, grants and other benefits accrued to assist Brazilian communities abroad. The mission of the Brazil International Foundation is to assist Brazilian communities abroad, by organizing and elevating them to compete on an equal footing with their hosts, thereby better integrating into their societies, although always maintaining strong ties with their Brazilian roots and origins. It also seeks to maintain solid Brazilian communities abroad, functioning as a platform for spreading political, social and economic aspects of the Brazilian culture and society, its customs and interests.

About the Forcine:

Forcine, the Brazilian Forum for the Teaching of Cinema and Audiovisual Studies a non-profit organization that brings together and represents Brazilian professionals dedicated to film and audiovisual education, aiming at the development and strengthening of this activity.

About the REBRAFIC:

Brazilian Film Commission Network – REBRAFIC is a new national non-profit Film Commission association whose objectives include: ensuring a standardized, high level of support for national and international producers, promoting all regions of Brazil as premier locations for national and international productions, and organizing and making available information on film commissions from all regions of the country. The members of REBRAFIC include 9 existing, legally-established film commissions, as well 16 film commissions in the process of formation in 14 states and the federal district.

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