Brazilian TV Producers (BTVP), an audiovisual content export program founded in 2004 to promote Brazilian independent audiovisual production in the international market, is launching a five-day, doc-specific training program. PIC DOC is a free program for Brazilian producers that will feature workshops designed to improve the quality of documentaries produced in Brazil for the national and international markets.
The program runs from November 30 to December 4 and will be held in Rio de Janeiro. Brazilian producers have until September 3 to enroll for the program, in which 40 projects will be selected and international specialists in the field of documentary production will offer their input on assorted topics in lectures, workshops, seminars and one-on-one meetings. Among the areas to be covered are the place of documentaries in domestic and international TV schedules; examples of successful international coproductions and Brazilian docs; working in a multi-platform world; tips on selling projects, legal considerations and budgets; Brazilian coproduction legislation; and advice on how to approach and pitch to TV channels in Brazil and beyond.
The call for entries covers TV documentaries formatted as a series, or short, medium or feature-length films. Each of the 40 projects selected by the international jury may be represented by up to two producers during the program. The application form and rules for entry are available at www.braziliantvproducers.com. Producers (legal entities) registered at ANCINE from any region of Brazil may submit their projects for consideration. The 40 chosen projects will be revealed on www.braziliantvproducers.com on October 17, 2009. Also, BTVP will provide support for accommodation and transportation to participants from other regions.
The BTVP program is an initiative of ABPI-TV (Brazilian Association of Independent Television Producers) in partnership with the Audiovisual Secretariat of the Ministry of Culture and Apex-Brazil (Brazilian Exports and Investments Promotion Agency). The program is overseen by Silvio Da-Rin, Audiovisual Secretary of the Ministry of Culture; Bruno Amado, manager of BTVP at Apex-Brasil; Fernando Dias, president of ABPI-TV (pictured); and Eliana Russi, BTVP executive manager.