Narrative Shorts Incubator



The Latino Lens: Narrative Shorts Incubator is a call to content creators to submit their profile as well as an original short narrative concept to be considered for this signature incubator program.
In addition to other media and industry sponsors, The Latino Lens: Narrative Shorts Incubator is supported by Time Warner Foundation.

Keeping with The National Association of Latino Independent Producers mission to foster and promote Latino media, the Latino Lens: Narrative Shorts Incubator will feature 3 short narrative scripts from Latino media content creators.

Each 3 - 10 minute short film will present a creative approach and independent focus on an engaging storyline. NALIP will contribute to pre-production, production, and post-production tools, resources, and assets to support the successful completion of each film. NALIP will also consult with these content creators on a viable distribution strategy to ensure viewer exposure.

To be considered you must apply online and submit your profile and original short narrative concept.

NALIP will consider content creator profiles until 12:00 AM/ Midnight PST on Sunday, January 14th, 2018. Out of this pool of profiles, 50-75 will be invited for the second round of finalists.



First Round:

NALIP requests the following materials for first round consideration:

Current NALIP Membership (Media Maker or Media Maker Pro Levels)
Submission form
Content Creator profile
Original short narrative concept in logline format
Links to Content creator’s reel
Bios of key creative team

Short narrative concepts with themes that highlight complex lead characters, innovative and compelling storylines, and offer a fresh take on the Latino experience will be highly considered for Latino Lens.
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.



Second Round:

50-75 projects will be invited for the second round of consideration.

Finalists of the second round will be required to pay a processing fee and submit additional materials such as a letter of recommendation, budget summary, detailed timeline, and a partner and resources list. We ask that these documents explore an innovative concept surrounding a theme which adheres to NALIP’s provided guidelines.

NALIP requests the following application materials for the second round of applications:

Short script (3 to 10 pages)
Budget outline (Top Sheet only)
Production timeline
Letter of Support from a key mentor will also be requested. This could be industry veteran with recent IMDB-verified Television, film and or digital web series credits (no older than 2013), an industry-based or arts oriented organization (such as Sundance, Film Independent, IFP, Outfest, New Filmmakers, Tribeca, PGA, DGA, WGA, FICG in LA, Walter Kaitz, Women’s Film Institute, NHMC, IDA, etc...) network, studio, MFA program, talent agency and management companies.



Third Round:

The final three selected projects will receive financial support to produce the narrative short. Participants will work with the NALIP and Latino Lens staff, crew, and mentors to work out the best plan on how to produce the short film.

Selected producers will work with NALIP throughout the development, production, and post-production processes. This will culminate into a Latino Media Festival on fall of 2018 in Los Angeles, CA.

NALIP requests the following for third round eligibility:

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.

Funding for the Latino Lens: Narrative Shorts Incubator will be provided by Time Warner Foundation, among other media and industry sponsors.
More information about the initiative is available at


Submission Review and Selection:
Proposals will be reviewed by NALIP and evaluators. Final decisions will be made by NALIP in consultation with evaluators and mentors. Successful applicants will be required to sign a binding agreement with NALIP who will administer the agreement, provide development, and production assistance.

NALIP Conditions:
NALIP is not responsible for loss or damage to material submitted with or in support of this open call. Any submission to NALIP shall become the property of NALIP (not including any intellectual property rights contained in such submission), and NALIP is not required to return any submitted materials to any Applicant. NALIP is not responsible for any violation of copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, or other rights that may result from disclosure made by response to this call.

Solicitation by NALIP of profile and short narrative concepts does not constitute an agreement by NALIP to extend funding to any party for the project under consideration. NALIP may, in its sole discretion, elect not to pursue this project in any manner.

By submitting a profile, short concept and if invited to submit an application for subsequent rounds, each Applicant grants to NALIP the right to duplicate, use, disclose, and distribute all of the materials submitted for purposes of evaluation, review, and research. In addition, each Applicant guarantees that the Applicant has full and complete rights to all of the information and materials included in the proposal. Each Applicant also guarantees that all such materials are not defamatory and do not infringe upon or violate the privacy rights, copyrights, or other proprietary rights of any third party.

Please read the Conditions of Agreement

Additional Requirements:

Applicant will recognize NALIP funding support by including a NALIP and Latino Lens logo (in accordance with NALIP standards and approval) on content.
Produced content will be made available online via a third party player, such as for embedding on
If you have any questions, please e-mail: [email protected]



Did you review our webpage?

Did you visit the Latino Lens webpage?

Have you gathered the following information?

1. Brief Bio
Provide a brief bio summarizing your narrative experience. (250 Words or less)

2. Narrative Short Concept/Logline
What is your narrative short concept? Please provide a short narrative concept in logline format. Themes that highlight complex lead characters, innovative and compelling storylines, and offer a fresh take on the Latino experience will be highly considered for Latino Lens. Concept must also adhere to NALIP’s provided guidelines.

3. Work Sample
Please provide links to your prior work. We prefer links via Vimeo or YouTube. If you are sending us a private link, be sure to include the password.

4. Production Team
Can you list the key members of your above the line production team and their responsibilities?

5. NALIP Membership
Producer applying must be a current NALIP member. To become a member, please use this link: Become a Member