Looking to promote cross-border cinema, a group of film organizations from Tucson and Sonora last week announced the launch of a screenplay contest.

A joint effort by the Tucson Film Office and Sonora Turismo and Film Commission and other entities, the contest is open to new screenwriters who can write a script with a cross-border theme that can be turned into a full-length movie.

“The contest wants to promote co-productions of full-length films, fiction or documentary between Arizona and Sonora,” said Felipe García, vice president of Visit Tucson, an agency that promotes tourism to the Tucson area.

Two winners, one from Arizona and the other from Sonora, will each get $500 to develop their scripts. The application period starts Tuesday and runs through May 10.

The Mexico-US Screenplay Treatment Competition also involves the Latin American Training Center, the National Association of Latino Independent Producers, the University of Arizona Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Festival Internacional de Cine de Guadalajara and the Final Draft Screenwriting Software.