Latino Lens FAQ

Latino Lens: First Round


The questions listed below are for the first round of Latino Lens.

Who or what is eligible to apply?


NALIP members wishing to submit an original short narrative concept. To become a member follow this link.

All submissions must be original concepts. Members submitting for Latino Lens must hold authorship over the work being created. They must also not have previously entered any contest or competition. Nor should it have won any previous awards. Plagiarizing or using copyrighted material without the consent of the original author will result in automatic disqualification.

NALIP members must be 18 years or older.

Must have a valid email address.

Want to read the guidelines in PDF format? Download HERE.

Do I need a full script to be considered for the first round?


No. A profile and short narrative concept in logline format will suffice.


How do I submit my profile and narrative concept?


All submissions must use our online entry form. Click here.


When is the deadline for short narrative entries in logline format?


12:00 midnight PST, Friday, September 11th, 2015.


Does my concept have to be Latino-themed?


No; however, short narrative concepts with complex lead characters, innovative and compelling storylines, and offer a fresh take on the Latino experience will be highly considered.

Latino Lens does not support short narrative concepts based upon stereotypes and/or storylines which portray Latinos in a negative light; must avoid including anything that is offensive to a specific race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or socioeconomic group; can not include any defamatory statements; anything which has already been submitted to other programs; completed projects already in post, streaming, or premiered; previously sold or optioned; cannot violate any local, state or federal laws; cannot violate or threaten any business, person, place or group.

Am I allowed to submit more than one project?


First, we encourage you to submit the strongest concept possible.

Second, if you are part of multiple submissions, we highly suggest you to hold a different role on another team’s project.


Do you accept late submissions?


Unfortunately, due to the nature of the submission and evaluation process, all submissions MUST be received by the deadline date.


What are the entry fees?


There is no entry fee for initial profile and concept submission; however, you must be a NALIP member to submit.

$65 USD if you are invited to apply for second round.

When will I be notified about my first round submission status?


NALIP will notify NALIP members via e-mail no later than Oct. 5, 2015.


After the first round, how many projects will be invited to apply for the second round?


Between 50 to 75 will be encouraged to apply to the second round.


What happens if my first round submission is not accepted?


NALIP reserves the right to exclude any submission that it believes, in its sole discretion, doesn’t meet the above criteria or for any other reason at NALIP’s reasonable discretion.

NALIP cannot offer personalized feedback or legal advice.

Latino Lens: Second Round


The questions listed below are for the second round of Latino Lens.

How do I apply for the second round?


If invited, you will be sent a link to an online form (NOT LIVE UNTIL SECOND ROUND BEGINS) that must be completed and uploaded by the deadline.


What if I can’t afford the fee for the second round?


Your second round application will not be considered.

What is the preferred genre?


All submissions will be considered.


Do you accept TV pilots or webseries?


We will only consider original short narrative concepts.


What supporting materials are needed?


We highly encourage the submission of supporting materials. Materials should enhance an entry and provide additional evidence to aid the evaluation committee in its deliberations. Any corrections or retractions following the original submission should be noted on the entry form.


Is there a limit to the length of a submission?


Yes. First round will be a short narrative concept in logline format.

If invited to apply for the Second round, we will only consider short narrative scripts between three (3) and ten (10) pages.

Are Non-English Language Entries allowed?


For the first round, short narrative concept in logline format must be submitted in English.

For the second round, short narrative script must be submitted in English. If parts of the script are in Spanish, please provide English translation.

Will submission material and/or my script be returned to me?


No, we will be unable to return any of your submitted materials.

How does the selection process work?


All rounds of evaluation will be conducted by a selection of qualified industry professionals. The identity of these committee members will remain anonymous.


Do you need a budget from me if my project was invited past the first round? Why?


If your project progressed to the second round, pre-production or beyond, we will request a budget summary, top-sheet or complete breakdown from you. An actual or estimated budget top-sheet is preferred, and the more detailed a budget you can provide, the better. These allow NALIP staff and the Latino Lens Committee to better evaluate your project and the strength of your plans for seeing it realized.

Are there any stipulations on how to produce the short if I am selected?


Participants will work with the Latino Lens and NALIP staff, crew and mentors to work out the best plan on how to produce the short film.

NALIP reserves the right to withhold portions of the support if, during a required update or review of the project, certain goals and guidelines previously set are not met.

It is required that each Latino Lens team have all consent, release forms, rights and permissions before moving to the next phase. If the team does not meet this requirement by the end of the pre-production period, then the team will be disqualified.

Selected finalists must provide a financial production report that details the costs and usage of the budget and account for all support. Grantees must also acknowledge NALIP and Latino Lens in the opening and end credits, all promotional material and publicity of the short film project.

Final short narrative projects must not have had a theatrical release, US broadcast airing or be available for online viewing prior to the premiere event on Thursday, June 23, 2016.

Could the final project be disqualified?


Final projects may be subject to disqualification if NALIP reasonably believes there is third party content – not owned by the content creator – that may be the subject of copyright protection or for any other reason at Sponsor’s reasonable discretion. Content that may not be used without prior permission includes, but is not limited to photographic images downloaded from public sources; drawing or images; music of any kind that is not in the public domain (i.e., any music produced after 1926); and voice-over material. Contestant is solely responsible for securing permission to use any copyrighted material and may be required, upon request, to submit proof of ownership or license to NALIP.

When is the premiere for the final three NALIP-produced projects?


Thursday, June 23, 2016 concurrent our annual NALIP Media Summit in Los Angeles, CA. Information regarding the event will be available on our website.


If my project is selected for production support, do I need to attend the 2016 NALIP Media Summit?


Yes. We ask that the qualifying writer and/or director attend key events during the 2016 NALIP Media Summit in Los Angeles, CA. NALIP will provide a travel stipend and accommodation for one primary team member (writers, directors or producers) and basic summit registration for up to three. During the Media Summit, we host the Latino Media Awards honoring the year’s winners from various programs, a showcase of projects for select industry invitees, access meetings, as well as other informal gatherings. It’s important that at least one team member from each project be present to present the completed short, to maximize industry exposure for your project, and to celebrate selection as a one of the three Latino Lens Short Narrative Projects.

Note: Accommodation does not cover the duration of the 2016 NALIP Media Summit; however participants are welcome to arrange their own accommodations beyond the days covered by Latino Lens and make use of their summit registration and accreditation.