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Brazilian fest lures local films

Cash prizes awarded, event to screen 280 features, 140 shorts

The Festival do Rio BR 2000 will bestow cash prizes upon local productions for the first time.

The awards, totaling 299,030 real ($166,500), are aimed at supporting the winners’ marketing and distribution efforts — the leading problem for local pics, fest organizers have determined.

Auds at the Oct. 5-18 fest will cast their votes for best feature (a $111,000 prize) and for best longform docu, ($55,500).

The fest will release the list of competing features and docs on Sept. 6.

Fest was created last year through the merger of the long-running Rio Cine Festival and MostraRio. It will screen about 260 features this year, along with 140 shorts and videos.

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