4 Reasons Why You Should Apply To The Latino Media Fest
NALIP Latino Media Fest is the unique presenter of the best U.S. Latino content across all media platforms: narrative short films, TV/Streaming pilots, digital content, virtual reality, augmented reality and documentary shorts.
Located at AMC Century City 15 in Los Angeles, CA, NALIP’s Latino Media Fest brings together Latino filmmakers, industry reps, executives, and film aficionados for a 3-day event （Oct 3-5). The festival will feature premieres, workshops, master classes, nightly industry mixers and star-studded awards ceremony to recognize substantial work in entertainment that inspires Latino creatives to continue moving their projects forward in front and behind the camera.
NALIP has helped progress the careers of countless directors, writers, and producers of the largest ethnic minority of the United States, advocating for their works to be featured more in mainstream media. However, you may still be unsure of how this may be possible and available for you. Look at the four compelling reasons to join and engage in this thriving career changing event, and you will have a better understanding of why you need to take the plunge and apply to this year’s Latino Media Festival!
1. Have projects be presented to bigger audience making bigger impact.
Hundreds of content creators and industry power figures will come to Latino Media Festival joining together to share ideas and advance the works of up and coming content creators.
2. Grow you Network, including top industry professionals and representatives. They can pave your work to be commissioned, licensed and funded.
Attending the Latino Media Festival gives you the opportunity to directly pitch your idea to top level executives of major production companies such as Starz, HBO, and CBS. The LMF was specifically conceived to invite funders, distributors, agents, and deal-makers to meet underrepresented content creators who have limited resources. Through these meetings filmmakers are able to meet one-on-one with representatives and discover how to advance their projects towards completion and success. NALIP’s Latino Media Festival has served as a great stepping stone for countless previous participating filmmakers.
3. Obtain all-access pass to the three days event, allowing you to attend all workshops and panels.
Perhaps you are looking for more than just presenting your projects, NALIP will also provide you the all-access pass and you would be able to attend our workshops and panels. Get an insight of industry professionals and share with them you innovate ideas!
4. Become a strong advocate for inclusion in entertainment industry.
Latinos account for the one of the largest percentage of media consumers yet are alarmingly underrepresented in television and movies. According to a 2016 study released by the Media, Diversity, and Social Change Initiative at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Latinos are one of the least represented in speaking roles in television and film despite the fact they make up approximately 17.4% of the population of the United States. This is highly due to the lack of Latinos participating in roles behind the scenes such as show running, writing, and directing. Latinas also face disparities in representation, where fewer than 38% of the actresses observed in the study were Latina. And when they are in a role, they are often the most sexualized sector. Also, Latinos seem to play more leading roles where the audience is more narrow, through platforms such as Netflix and Hulu.
While you may be afraid of taking the next step, the reward and experience will be worthwhile!