June 9, 2000


The Latino Entertainment Media Institute (LEMI) Announces Second Screenwriting Contest

Burbank, CA — The Latino Entertainment Media Institute (LEMI) will present "The Future is Now: Diversity in Entertainment," the 6th Annual Latino Industry Conference to be held on October 12-14, 2000, at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. LEMI will sponsor it's second screenwriting contest for Latino screenwriters in all genres.

The two-day conference which draws nearly 1,000 participants is well-known for it's panels led by respected industry professionals, dynamic networking opportunities, and Mini-Fest which screens trailers by up-and-coming filmmakers. As is the custom, the conference will culminate in a gala black-tie event honoring an individual who through their work, has helped elevate the image of the Latino in the media.

All entries will be judged by a selection committee of industry professionals who will then select the finalists. Cash prizes will be awarded to first ($2,500); second ($1,000); and third ($500) place. Winners will be announced at the Gala Awards presentation.

Contest participants are asked to submit a brief cover letter stating in one paragraph why their full-length screenplay is unique, and though not a necessity, how it promotes Latinos and/or Latino themes.

In addition, they must include three copies of a one-page synopsis of their script along with three copies of a one-page synopsis of their script along with three copies of their completed full-length screenplay, which is not to exceed 130 pages. To guarantee objectivity, participants should not place their name on either the synopsis or the title page of their script. One submission is allowed per writer or writing team. In the event that collaborative script is chosen, the award shall be shared equally by all writers. A discount to attend the conference will be offered to all those who enter the contest.

All materials must include a self addressed stamped envelope (SASE), if the materials is to be returned, along with a check or money order in the amount of $35.00 (non-refundable) for entry. All submissions must be registered with the Writers Guild (WGA) and/or copyrighted by the Library of Congress. Submissions should be postmarked no later than August 28, 2000.

All screenplays must be original, unpublished work that has not been sold or optioned at the time of entry and must be presented in the standard industry format. Those that are not will be disqualified. Submissions may not be based in part or in whole on any copyrighted material other than their own, published or unpublished, produced or unproduced i.e.: adaptations. LEMI is not responsible for any loss or damage of materials.

To receive a submission application and official rules, fax or write to: LEMI, c/o Call For Entries - WRITING CONTEST, 146 San Fernando Blvd., Ste. 209, Burbank, CA, 91502, Fax: 818.841-8693. No phone calls please.

The Latino Entertainment Media Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing, through various means, the knowledge necessary for Latinos and others, regardless of race, color or religion, access to the entertainment media and communications industry in the U.S. and international marketplace.

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