Latino Media Fest Highlights In The News

Posted by on October 11, 2018

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Vargas wrote the movie, starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, about a comedian who tries to confront her intimacy issues and history of abuse while attempting to score a big new gig in L.A. The character is fictional, but the trauma she went through at the hands of her father is not -- it’s very much Vives’ story.




While she admitted to ET over the phone that she felt some trepidation over how the movie would be received amid the #MeToo era, it’s been praised by critics, and has already garnered some awards buzz. Last week, Vives was honored with the Best Latinx Filmmaker Award at NALIP’s 2018 Latino Media Fest Awards -- which she admitted was somewhat of a full-circle moment for her.



NALIP 2018 Latino Media Fest Awards Celebrates Films Challenging Hollywood’s Colorism And Sexism


The National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) hosted its annual Latino Media Fest Awards in Los Angeles on Thursday (Oct. 4). The show is part of a three-day program where Latino filmmakers and producers have an opportunity to showcase their work. In addition to viewing new films, attendees had a chance to attend various workshops on screenwriting and more.

Many of the awards were given for some of the most poignant and timely pieces of work in Latinx content this year. STARZ’s Vida, a show centered around the gentrification of East Los Angeles, queerness among Mexican-Americans and a complicated family reunion, took home Best Latinx Show.

Then there was All About Nina, directed by Spanish filmmaker Eva Vives, which goes into the life of a sexually abused woman, Nina Geld, who is also a well-known comedian. Much of this story starring Angelique Cabral and Common is inspired by Vives’ own struggle with sexual abuse from her father as a child. As a result, Vives won the Best Latinx Filmmaker Award.

With the way men are being perceived in media in the lense of sexual abuse or toxic masculinity, Vives made it a point to represent men in a different light in All About Nina.



Calling all Latino Directors, Latino Media Fest Is the Place to Meet Your Next Producer

Committed to championing great storytelling, the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) is holding its second annual Latino Media Fest. The Los Angeles event will play host to a number of on-screen stories, including virtual or augmented reality projects, narrative shorts, documentary shorts, digital web series, and television pilots. The projects being screened are as diverse as you’d expect. You’ll find animated flicks like the aptly-titled The Velvet Underground Played at My High School, button-pushing Cuban-set shorts like Claudia Murray’s Gringa, queer shorts that promise more gore than usual (Narration of your Death), and even a fake doc sketch series about Latino sayings called, well, Dichos.

With a slew of panels and mixers, the Fest also hopes to continue building its sprawling network of US-based Latino filmmakers. Whether you’re in need of firsthand info on how to fine-tune that idea you really want to sell execs on (“Crafting the Pitch”), want to get tips on how to write for film (“Screenwriting Masterclass”), or are just eager to see how to map out a career in animation for yourself (“The Animator’s Journey”), this year’s Media Fest has you covered. These panels feature professionals working at Walt Disney Pictures, Final Draft, Starz, and CBS Studios among others, promising some great insights from people actually working the field. It’s no coincidence that the the three-day affair ends with a “Emerging Content Creators Workshop” that’s all about helping recent graduates transition into the industry.


A leading advocate in inclusion in the industry, NALIP is providing more resources to aspiring filmmakers every year with events such as the NALIP Media Summit, the Latino Media Fest, and the Diverse Women in Media Forum, and events such as the Latino Lens Workshops and the Latino Lens Incubator Shorts.

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