The first meeting of Latin American screenwriters will be held July 6–9, 2011, at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México’s Tlatelolco university cultural center. This event is intended to contribute to the work and training of screenwriters by allowing them to share and discuss their approaches, strategies, and experiences. It will seek ways of strengthening the very foundation of the Latin American film industry—scripts and screenwriters. A number of established screenwriters have confirmed that they will attend, including Eduardo Sacheri, whose film The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de sus Ojos) won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film (Argentina, 2009); Brazilian screenwriter Braulio Mantovani, whose film City of God (Ciudad de Dios) was nominated for four Oscars in 2008; Víctor Gaviria, screenwriter of the 1998 Columbian film The Rose Seller (La Vendedora de Rosas); and Senel Paz, whose 1994 film Strawberry and Chocolate (Fresa y Chocolate) was nominated for the 1994 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
This event will also include a feature film scriptwriting contest. Winners will have the opportunity to present their scripts to major producers and perhaps even see their projects materialize. Eighteen grants will be awarded to screenwriters from IBERMEDIA member nations.
The deadline for registration is April 29. For the terms and conditions of eligibility for these grants, visit the event website.