FRAPA - The Porto Alegre Screenwriting Festival ()

FRAPA - Festival de Roteiro Audiovisual de Porto Alegre


15 Jan 2020
Call for entries

30 Mar 2020
Festival closed

09 Jun 2020
Notification date

14 Jul 2020
17 Jul 2020


Bororó, 545,  91900-540, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Festival description
Short film festival >1' 30'<

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Online and Physical Location
 January 2019
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  >1' 30'<
 Any language
Spanish English Portuguese
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Festival start: 14 July 2020      Festival end: 17 July 2020

FRAPA – The Porto Alegre Screenwriting Festival – is the largest event focused in scriptwriting for television and film in Latin America. The 8th FRAPA will be held at Cinemateca Capitólio, from the 14th to 17th of July, 2020. Our aim is to discuss and strengthen the significance of screenplay writing in times of rising in TV and film production in Brazil and in the whole continent.

Inspired by similar festivals in the United States and Europe, FRAPA has grown in size throughout the years, organizing debate sessions, competitions, workshops, screenings, master classes and business rounds. We intend to make FRAPA a reference for the thought of audiovisual writing in Latin America. By encouraging the exchange of experiences between screenwriters and other professionals in the audiovisual market, we create an opportunity for qualification and celebrate new partnerships.

FRAPA has received many renown professionals throughout its three editions. To name a few: James V. Hart (Dracula, Hook, Contact), Bráulio Mantovani (City of God e Elite Squad 1 e 2), Fernando Castets (Son of the Bride), Marcos Bernstein (Central Station), Pablo Stoll (25 Watts and Whisky), Luiz Bolognesi (Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury), Lisandro Alonso (Jauja) and many others.

FRAPA. Great stories to come.


The selected films will be nominated for the following awards: Best Screenplay, Best Character, Best Dialogue, Best Scene, Best Ending, Best Title and Best Screenplay – Audience Award. All winners will receive 11 Final Draft software (worth U$ 250 each) + trophy.

1) The eighth edition of FRAPA - The Porto Alegre Screenwriting Festival will be held in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul from 14-17 July 2019.

2) Films submitted to the Short Film Competition must obey the following criteria:

I) Be 30 minutes in maximum running time, including credits.

II) Be available in Full HD digital support exhibition format.

III) Must not have been screened publicly before January 1st 2019.

3) The submission will be complete after the completed form is sent, together with the screenplay and link for online viewing (Vimeo, YouTube). If the link has a password, it should be provided in the submission.

I) Fiction, documentary and animation films, from any country or territory can be submitted.

II) Films spoken in a language other than Portuguese must be subtitled either in English, Spanish or Portuguese.

III) Only screenplays written in Portuguese, English or Spanish will be accepted.

IV) The screenplay must be submitted in PDF format.

4) The deadline for submissions is march 30, 2020, at 20h00 BRT.

5) The submission of each short film to the FRAPA Short Film Competition will be confirmed after the payment of the U$ 6 (six dollars) fee.

6) The final selection will be made by a selection commitee formed by professional filmmakers, invited by the festival. This commitee has autonomy to decide its evaluation and selection criteria, focusing on the screenplay of the films. The decisions of the committee are final.

7) The production of FRAPA can extend or not the deadline according to the schedule of the event and the timetable of the selection process.

8) The selected short films must be made available to the production in the form of a downloadable link until June 05, 2020, and there shall be no extension of deadline. For the screening copy, FRAPA accepts digital - Full HD (MOV-H264) format, sound dolby 5.1 or 2.0 (stereo). The screening copies must the subtitled in Portuguese with the text embedded into the image, no separate files allowed (such as .ssa or .srt).

9) Upon submitting your film, you authorize FRAPA to advertise the screening of your film through the use of still photos, frames or excerpts, as well as the names of the full cast and crew.

10) The films selected for the Short Film Competition will be nominated for the following awards:

I) Best Screenplay

II) Best Character

III) Best Dialogue

IV) Best Scene

V) Best Ending

VI) Best Title

VII) Best Screenplay - Audience Award.

11) The selection of works to be awarded in all categories aforementioned shall be made by a group of jurors to be made public in the award giving ceremony.

12) Awards for the prizes referred to in item 10 shall be handed at FRAPA's official Closing Party. Should the winner(s) not attend, we may send them the award via courier to any Brazilian city. However, in the occasion of the winner(s) living in another country, they shall bear the costs of the courier service.

13) The filmmakers responsible for the submission of short films must own proof of ownership of the rights of image and sound of the work, as well as full responsibility for the clearing and release of music rights included in the work.

14) The submitter, that is, the person or company responsible for the submission of the short film and short film screenplay authorizes FRAPA to publish the screenplays on FRAPA's website, should their work be selected for the Short Film Competition.

15) Any situation not covered by these rules and regulations will be assessed by FRAPA's organizing committee.



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