The National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) is a national membership organization that addresses the professional needs of Latin@ content creators. We stand as the premiere Latino media organization, addressing for close to 20 years the most underrepresented and the largest ethnic minority in the country. NALIP was founded in 1999 by a group of Latino producers, content creators, academics and media advocates. During the first NALIP conference in San Francisco in June 1999, NALIP was organized by the conference participants, and the mission and organizational guiding principles were adopted.
NALIP's mission is to promote, advance and advocate for Latino content creators across media. NALIP's values are:
Commitment to Latino/Latina content creators, regardless of the form or content of their work
Commitment to respect for diversity based on a code of ethics open to and respectful of differences,
Commitment to solidarity and accountability
Commitment to solidarity, alliance building and multiple visions of Latino/Latina experiences within the local, national, international and global context
NALIP has had success holding eighteen National Conferences, plus six other National Initiatives: a Latino Writer's Lab™, a Latino Producers Academy™ and a published/on-line Latino Media Resource Guide™, our "Doing your Doc: Diverse Visions, Regional Voices" documentary development workshops plus the Latino Media Market™ held during our National Conference and the Latino Artist Mentoring Program. We are now fundraising to support and expand these programs in 2017, plus solidify the infrastructure of our organization to better serve our membership and community. NALIP’s Diverse Women in Media Initiative (DWIMI) seeks to empower, inspire and advance women of diverse backgrounds to influential positions in media to improve diverse representation on and behind the camera. As of 2015, NALIP re-launched and re-branded all our programs under the Latino Lens Incubators umbrella initiative that focuses on accessing avenues of content creation, by working with major studios, networks and companies to develop original content produced by outstanding NALIP members in Documentary, Digital, TV, Streaming, Short and Feature films and Tech Arts.