The Annual Focus Brazil in 2009 happened from May 7 to 9. The 4th International Brazilian Congress of Culture and Media was held this year again at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, bringing Brazilians from the media, advertising and artistic field around the globe.

This year 2009 the event have add the “Focus Video Fest” for the first time, and featured 13 documentaries by Brazilian filmmakers living outside Brazil. Among the attractions, the event included the “Brazilian in the World” symposium and which discuss the Annual event schedule to happen for the second year during this summer in Rio de Janeiro. Bellow check some of the themes of the congress and invited speakers.

PANEL– PRESS & MEDIA
Presented by ABI-Inter e Brazilian American Advertising Association

Among the guest speakers: Roberto Lima (President of ABI-Inter), Antônio Martins (Representative of BAAA), Cézar Augusto (B2 Conteúdo), Mauro Cardoso & Thiago Araújo (Brazuca Magazine – France), Frazão Araújo (Brazil com Z Magazine – Spain) and Cristie Yamamoto (Brazil Cultural Center of Sidney – Australia)

PANEL – FOCUS VIDEO FEST
Presented by Inffinito Circuit of Festivals

Among the guest speakers: Viviane Spinelli (President of Inffinito Circuit of Festivals), and Mila Burn (Planeta Brasil / TV Globo Internacional). Among the documentaries: “Encontro do Tradicionalismo Gaucho” (Carlos Gutto / Brazil TV Productions CA), “The Pink Panthers” (Fernando Vasconcellos / Take One Productions FL), “Estrangeiro do Brasil” (Celso Gabriel / Aura Video MA) and “Lavagem do Bomfim: da Bahia a New York” (Ivy Goulart / Goulart Filmes / NY).

PANEL – THE GROWTH OF PORTUGUESE INSTRUCTION IN SOUTH FLORIDA
Presented by Florida Association of Portuguese Teachers

Among the guests speakers: Anete Arslanian (Florida Association of Portuguese Speakers), Beatriz Cariello (Vamos Falar Português Foundation) and Augusta Vono (Florida International University).

PANEL – U.S. CENSUS 2010
Presented by ABI-Inter

Among the guest speakers: Álvaro Lima (Author of the Study & Book – “How many we are?”), Igor Alves (2010 Census Media Partnership Specialist for the New York Region), Alexandra Barker – 2010 Census Media Partnership Specialist for the Boston Region)

PANEL – BRAZILIAN MUSIC & MUSICIANS IN THE INTERNATIONAL MARKET
Presented by Xpedient Action / Claudia Nunes

Among the guest speakers: Jason Stanyek (Professor of Music at University of New York and author of the book “Brazilian Music and Dance in the United States”), Marcelo Cesena (Arranger and winner of the 2009 Press Awards as Outstanding Brazilian Musician in the United States), Raymundo Bittencourt, President of Albatroz Music, the world largest record label, specialized in Brazilian Music for the international markets), and Gene de Souza (Radio Personality and Producer of Brazilian Music events in the U.S).

PANEL – BRAZILIAN IN THE WORLD
Presented by Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Special guest speaker: Ambassador Oto Maia (Creator of “Brazilians in the World, Project)

PANEL – INTERNET AND HOW TO IMPROVE THE PRODUCT, MARKETING AND SALES
Presented by Net One Systems

As guest speakers: Anderson Vargas (Net One) and Lindenberg Jr. (Kisuccess Publishing & Marketing/Soul Brasil magazine)

PANEL – BRAZILIAN DAY CELEBRATIONS
Presented by BACC Travel

As special guests: producers of the major Brazilian Festivals in the United States.

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