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15th MATTADOR International Screenwriting Award

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The MATTADOR Cultural Association opens the 15th MATTADOR International Screenwriting Award dedicated to Matteo Caenazzo, a young talented artist from Trieste who passed away prematurely on 28th June 2009 while studying and working with the aim of embarking on a career as a screenwriter.

The Award is open to Italian and foreign young authors aged from 16 to 30. It includes five sections:

  • MATTADOR Award for Best Feature-Film Screenplay.
  • MATTADOR Award for Best Story.
  • MATTADOR Series Award for best TV Series project.
  • DOLLY Award “Screenwriting with Pictures” for Best Story illustrated through Images.
  • CORTO86 Award for Best Short-Film Screenplay.

The following prizes will be awarded:

  • MATTADOR Award for best feature-film screenplay: 5,000 Euros.
  • MATTADOR Award for best story: 1,500 Euros. The top finalists will be awarded a Training Grant and will be supervised by professional screenwriters in developing their projects. At the end of the training programme the best-developed story will be awarded 1,500 Euros.
  • MATTADOR Series Award for best TV Series project: 1,000 Euros. The finalists, awarded with a Training Grant, will be accompanied by professional screenwriters in developing their projects. At the end of the training course, the best development work will receive a prize of 1,000 euros.
  • DOLLY “Screenwriting with Pictures” Award for best story portrayed visually. The winner will be awarded a Training Grant and will be tutored by professionals in developing his/her story according to the original idea, leading to the preparation of a complete dossier for a feature or animated film project. At the conclusion of the training programme, depending on the results achieved, an additional prize of 1,000 Euros may be awarded.
  • CORTO86 Award for best short-film screenplay offers a Training Grant and the production of a short film based on the winning short-film screenplay. The author will be supervised by professional tutors throughout the pre-production, shooting and post-production stages. He/she will sign the direction of the film. The theme of the Competition for the 2023/2024 edition is “The border: a geographical, emotional and human concept to be explored in its different declinations.”

The winning projects will be published in the editorial series “Scrivere le immagini. Quaderni di sceneggiatura” (EUT/Mattador).

Works must be sent exclusively online on the https://iscrizioni.premiomattador.it/ platform starting from 15th February 2024. The subscription fee is confirmed. The delivery deadline is 15th April 2024.

The Award Ceremony of the 15th MATTADOR Competition will take place on Wednesday 17th July 2024 in the Sale Apollinee at La Fenice Theatre, Venice.
The Competition Rules are available on www.premiomattador.it