Edgar Arturo Beltran Sandoval has been unveiled as the winner in Ventana Sur.

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Latin American Training Center (LATR) president Steve Solot announced on Wednesday the $500 award for Sandoval’s La Distancia at a press conference in Buenos Aires.

Sandoval prevailed among a shortlist of film school students across Latin America and attends Mexico’s CCC film school.

The award will go towards development costs and is designed to help the screenwriter take their first steps in the industry.

“The aim of LATR in this contest is to give the opportunity for screenwriters to get closers to producers,” said Solot, who explained LATR does not help with negotiations that may ensue. “We want to be a bridge.”

Sus Remotas Soledades by Erick Octavio Baena Crespo (CCC, Mexico) earned second place, followed by La Vida Del Hijo by Gonzalo Bazillo (ENERC, Argentina); Estrellita De Cielo Y De Mar by Laura Mónica Vélez Ospina (UNAL, Colombia); and Borboletasna Janela by Pedro Marques Batista (USP, Brazil).