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Latino Screenwriters Project

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CineFestival’s Latino Screenwriting Project, organized with consulting support from the Sundance Institute, is a 3-day workshop designed to support emerging U.S. based Latino screenwriters and filmmakers working on independent feature narrative screenplays.  Ilyse McKimmie, Labs Director of the Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program states, “It has always been a core component of Sundance Institute’s mission to discover and foster bold, independent new voices in film. We’re thrilled to be providing consulting support to CineFestival’s Latino Screenwriters Project, the goals of which so closely align with our own,” said “It’s part of our ongoing commitment to encourage and celebrate a diverse group of storytellers and helping them bring their visions to the screen.”

The Latino Screenwriters Project will bring award-winning, professional screenwriters to San Antonio to serve as advisors fostering Latino representation in American cinema.

Founded by Robert Redford in 1981, Sundance Institute is a global, nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to nurturing artistic expression in film and theater, and to supporting intercultural dialogue between artists and audiences. The Institute promotes independent storytelling to unite, inform and inspire, regardless of geo-political, social, religious or cultural differences. Internationally recognized for its annual Sundance Film Festival and its artistic development programs for directors, screenwriters, producers, film composers, playwrights and theatre artists, Sundance Institute has nurtured such projects as Born into Brothels, Trouble the Water, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Amreeka, An Inconvenient Truth, Spring Awakening, Light in the Piazza and Angels in America.

The deadline to apply has passed. Please check back for 2015 new deadlines.

The 2014 Fellows:

The Project is proud to announce the four projects chosen for the 2014 Lab.  Participants will take part in intensive workshops that will include panels, screenings and one-on-one feedback sessions under the mentorship of Sundance Lab Advisors.

FINDING ALBIE FINCH by Nick Oceano

Albie Finch, an acerbic, gay alcoholic novelist returns to his hometown of San Antonio, Texas to finish his last novel when his world collides with Marcos Lopez, a straight, hotheaded Latino musician who’s life is adrift in his own way. Cultures clash over a hot Texas summer, but the two men develop a deep, if antagonistic friendship that may change their lives forever.

86’ed by Pablo Proenza

1986: the police mount the largest manhunt in New York history for a 19-year-old drug kingpin. On the run, he takes a Bronx family hostage. After three days, they’re willing to risk everything… to save his life.

PAPER BIRDS LEARN TO FLY by Iliana Sosa

Marked by the decision to call the cops on her abusive, undocumented father, a 17-year-old Mexican American girl must deal with the consequences, all the while keeping her dream alive to fly a mechanical bird over the border fence in her hometown of El Paso, Texas.

MAYFLOWER by Julio Ramos

In a hostel impregnated with the most sordid lust, an illegal worker finds a golden opportunity to score some cash and thus helps himself bring his daughter to America.