2019 was an important year for the Latin American Training Center, with many initiatives that supported professionals of the audiovisual industry, like LATINX, LATC’s annual screenplay treatment competition. In this last edition, it revolved around the theme “Women and Diversity” and the winning synopses were two interesting documentary projects, one on women’s football and the other on women from the Amazon.
In September, 2019, LATC debuted at the annual forum of Forcine, the Brazilian Forum for Teaching Cinema and Audiovisual. LATC announced the winners of LATINX competition, distributed several books from its publishing division and LATC representatives took part in the debates.
In November, Spcine (São Paulo municipal audiovisual agency) and LATC provided scholarships for two black filmmakers to participate in the LATC Global Film & TV Program in Los Angeles. Once again, the LATC annual program was a huge success, with participants from several countries and access to the American Film Market, one of most prestigious markets in the world.
Also in November, LATC signed on as one of the supporters of the Cabíria Festival, which both highlighted and celebrated the representation of women in the audiovisual field. The initiative took place in Rio de Janeiro, and all programming was free of charge. Latin American Training Center also distributed its publications during the event.
Finally, organized by LATC and curated by Lucy Barreto, the Commercial Association of Rio de Janeiro held the Mostra Cine Cultura ACRJ, which featured monthly exhibits throughout the year of films made in Rio and with universally recognized artistic and cultural value.
Despite the complicated and challenging scenario that we are facing in 2020, we will continue to work hard and do our part to keep the audiovisual industry on track.