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Press Release -- September 7th, 2019
Source: AT&T
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Latin American Filmmaking Students Will Have the Chance of Winning a Scholarship to Study in the U.S.

With the ongoing goal and purpose of motivating young talents representing the new generation of filmmakers in our region and promoting the development and growth of the filmmaking industry in every country, the 7th edition of FACIUNI Scholarships will support and recognize the work of Latin American filmmaking students. Developed by DIRECTV LatinAmerica, SKY Brazil, Sundance TV, CAA (Creative Artists Agency), TV Cortos, and USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Students from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Venezuela can upload their short films to www.faciuni.com from August 27 to December 16, 2019. A group of expert specialized jurors will choose a winner per country. Winners receive money as an incentive for their career, and their school will also be recognized with a monetary award. Selected students will then compete for a bigger prize: a full scholarship to attend the Warner Bros. summer program at USC, University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, one of the world’s best known and most prestigious programs.

Since its first edition back in 2013, this initiative has grown every year with more than 2,400 applicant students. Winners of the scholarship in 2018 were Lida Fernanda Prada Albarracín from Colombia; Edio Raven from Venezuela, and Ana Caroline Brito Gonçalves from Brazil. To this date there have been 14 international winners and 49 national winners, with more than U$ 700,000 awarded to Latin American filmmaking students.

Due to the success of this program planners continue to uphold their hopes for the new generation of young talents. DIRECTV LatinAmerica and SKY Brazil, along with partners Sundance TV, CAA (Creative Artists Agency), TV Cortos, and USC School of Cinematic Arts seek to position a scholarship generating opportunities for students who can study at one of the most prestigious specialized universities.

In addition to this, winning a FACIUNI scholarship opens multiple doors in terms of personal growth and professional development, such as the opportunity to contact experts in this industry sector, or the chance of having their film shown on various major screens and at international festivals.

“Ever since the beginning of this program we have firmly believed that by giving young students the chance to train and grow we are contributing to the development of the audiovisual industry in Latin America. This is why materializing the seventh edition of FACIUNI scholarships reaffirms and expands our expectations, while confirming our commitment towards initiatives of this kind. We hope and believe we will once again find more students apply on this occasion, as has been happening every year”, said Sandro Mesquita, AVO of Corporate Citizenship & Sustainability, AT&T – DIRECTV Latin America.

How to apply to the seventh edition?

Students need to present their short film online at www.faciuni.com. By filling in the form they will be enabled to upload an original short film directed by the participating candidate (Maximum 10 minutes). Registration available from August 27 to December 16, 2019.

For more details on the selection process and for terms and conditions for applicants, please visit www.faciuni.com

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