Latino Lens Festival and Showcase 2016


The Latino Lens Festival and Showcase 2016, to take place on October 30 at the Avalon Hollywood, is NALIP's second annual showcase event that aims to display a wide range of voices and narratives that are crafted by Latino content creators, in the hopes of advancing the exposure and accessibility of Latino-crafted cinema, television and art forms. This year, the Latino Lens Festival and Showcase will feature workshops, panels, and screenings aimed to prepare content creators for the future of entertainment. The night will conclude with an exclusive industry networking mixer. 




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12:00 pm - 1:30 pm  Emerging Content Creators Workshop  

The Emerging Content Creators Workshop will bring up and coming creators together with entertainment industry professionals to discuss what emerging Latino visionaries need in order to succeed in the industry.

THIS SESSION IS ALREADY FULL. Thanks to your overwhelming response, we have reached capacity for this 25 spot event. At this point in time, only previously registered members can access this workshop.

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12:30 pm Registration for Master Class Program

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm  Showrunners Master Class


Showrunner Danielle Sanchez-Witzel (‘The Carmichael Show,’ NBC) and veteran writer and story editor Benjamin Lobato (‘Queen of the South,’ USA Network) will detail what it takes to become a successful show runner and show writer and the responsibilities attached to the title. They will discuss how to run a successful writer's room and how to influence a team. Other topics of discussion will include: developing the creative vision of a show, securing a show's ratings and seasonal progression and the increasing impact of diverse voices in television.

1:30 p.m - 2:45 p.m    Virtual Reality Workshop 


The Virtual Reality Demo Workshop will provide you with the necessary tools to start integrating this technology into your workflow. From production to stitching, to potentially improving your production costs, this futuristic platform is rapidly changing the future of storytelling.


2:30 pm - 4:00 pm    Producers Master Class


NALIP and The Producers Guild of America are proud to present this year's Producers' Master Class, a continuation of our master class series, led by powerhouse industry experts, Mike Medavoy (producer, Phoenix Pictures), Sergio Aguero (producer, Campanario) and Vice President of Theatrical Motion Pictures, David Friendly.

Jairo Alvarado Manager/Producer at Circle of Confusion, will be on hand at the event to introduce and moderate the LLFS Producer’s Master Class. The master class will focus on producing within the industry and the lessons these professionals have learned along the way.


5:30 pm - 6:40 pm    Short Films Presentation

A wayward teen revisits her hometown to reconnect with her cousin, despite her aunt's wishes.
A young graffiti artist in Miami circa 1991 risks it all to compete against a mysterious new rival in Jokes Yanes’ TOYED.
A weary hell minion is on a mission to rescue her boss. But the Devil is not ready to get back to her daily routine in Alice Waddington’s DISCO INFERNO. 


BLAST BEAT takes us back to the year 2000, where two Colombian immigrant brothers, Carly and Mateo, try to tackle the culture shock of the United States.


7:05 pm - 7:30 pm    NALIP Latino Lens Awards to LatinX and Latin American films and filmmakers of the year



The 2016 Latino Lens Festival and Showcase will present awards to best Latin American work by Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín for his film NERUDA, starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Luis Gnecco, and Chile’s official Academy Award® selection for Best Foreign Language film, as well as best LatinX work by filmmaker Fede Alvarez for Don’t Breathe. 


LatinX Film/Filmmaker of the year Award presented to Don't Breathe co-producer and co-writer Rodo Sayagues and in recognition of director Fede Alvarez.




Liz Hernandez is a Mexican-American Emmy-nominated television personality. She joined NBC's Access Hollywood as a co-host and is proud to be one of the entertainment news program's first Latina correspondents and the only Latina currently on the air for the show.

Born and raised in Southern California, Hernandez served as the long-time co-host of the #1 rated and nationally syndicated morning show, Big Boy's Neighborhood, on Los Angeles' influential Power 106 FM. It was there that she was called "The Queen of Entertainment News." She has been recognized by the National Hispanic Media Coalition for excellence in radio broadcasting.


Carlos Yorvick is a Mexican actor best known for his recent work on the bio-series Hasta que te conoci, in which he portrays a young Juan Gabriel, "El Divo de Juarez." Yorvick has also worked on commercials, music videos, theater productions as well as films such as 21 OutsBlack Water and Angela's Mask. He is currently working on his first album under the direction of music producer Toby Sandoval who's worked with other talented artists like The Black Eyed Peas, Paulina Rubio and Pedro Fernandez.

At age 17, Sandra Vergara moved from Colombia to Los Angeles with her cousin, Modern Family star Sofia Vergara. She studied FX make-up design and theatre, though it was the latter that captured her heart. In addition to numerous hosting appearances, she has appeared on shows like CSI: Las VegasNip/Tuck and The Bold and the Beautiful. Most recently, Sandra co-hosted Good Work, a show on E! with RuPaul. She has also done several films including Fright Night starring opposite Colin Farrell.


Augusto Valverde is an ongoing TV host working on NBCUniversal's bilingual network, Mun2. He has also hosted a national primetime debate show for Univision's Telefutura network. Experienced in red carpet, entertainment and sporting coverage, Augusto is also well versed in comdey improv, having received training through the Groundlings Theater.

He also has a strong pro-social calling off camera and serves as a Chaplain at the Men's Central Jail in Downtown Los Angeles where he visits inmates twice a week. He created a show called Global Child, and has spent the last year and half traveling around the world documenting his experiences while proving that social media can help enrich a person's travel experience.


8:00 pm - 9:30 pm    Industry Networking Mixer 


The Latino Lens Festival and Showcase will close with an industry mixer where participants and attendees will get a chance to mingle and exchange ideas with colleagues and professionals.







October 30, 2016 at 12:00pm - 10pm


Latino Lens Festival & Showcase - Avalon Hollywood
1735 Vine St
Los Angeles, CA 90028
United States
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