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Attention Latin American filmmakers, Santiago Wild opens 12 scholarships for its Audiovisual Laboratory

Young Latin American talents are wanted! Between March 23 and 30, 2023, the Santiago Wild Festival will develop for the first time and in an unprecedented way in Chile an Audiovisual Lab. It consists of an innovative workshop in Latin America, inspired by the Jackson Wild Media Lab, in which participants will learn from leaders of the audiovisual industry about science communication, nature and conservation, in addition to being able to make a short film that will be presented at the festival.

The third edition of Santiago Wild, Latin America’s wildlife and environmental film festival, will begin on March 23rd, and it comes with unmissable surprises! Among them, the development of the first Audiovisual Laboratory of the festival, which is also an unprecedented opportunity in Chile and would be one of the few film labs of this type that have been held in Latin America. This is something that could be achieved thanks to the festival’s new partner: National Geographic.

What is it about? It is an experience inspired by the Jackson Wild Media Lab. Specifically, it is a theoretical and practical film workshop where participants learn from leaders in the audiovisual industry about science communication, nature and conservation. Afterwards, students will be challenged to put their learning into practice by making a short film that will be presented at the Santiago Wild Film Festival.

We seek to contribute with knowledge, experience and network of contacts to nature filmmakers in Latin America, providing tools so they can tell their own stories. The Audiovisual Lab is an opportunity for a selected group of filmmakers to reach major film festivals around the world,” says Antonia del Río, producer of Santiago Wild.

Workshop details

The aim is for 12 Latin American students to gain practical experience in filmmaking and science communication. During 8 days, between March 23 and 30, 2023, the participants will receive an intensive course in the use of professional quality tools and equipment. In addition, they will have the opportunity to expand professional networks with peers and industry professionals. The event will be held at the Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve in the Los Rios Region, Chile.

The 8-day program contains 10 theoretical modules where industry leaders will teach on various topics such as science communication, storytelling, equipment and its uses, pitching, impact, among others. At the same time, one scientist per group will be presented in the role of client, with whom they will have to develop a 3-minute micro-documentary using all the knowledge acquired.

How to participate?

Santiago Wild together with National Geographic, will provide scholarships to 12 selected students covering transportation, lodging and food during these 8 days.

Are you interested in participating? We are looking for young talents from Latin America who already have some knowledge of the science film industry and/or science communication. They can come from the audiovisual world, storytellers, be researchers, etc. If you fit this profile, apply in this form until January 20, 2023.

Then there will be a selection process with an internal jury, which will look for talent, enthusiasm and diversity of countries.

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