NALIP seeks to change media culture by advocating and promoting the professional needs of Latinx artists in media. Standing at the forefront of that systemic change, our organization works with industry leaders towards seeing a more inclusive future both on and off screen. While the world has seen some improvement since our founding there is still much work to be done. The Latinx Community continues to be grossly underrepresented within the entertainment industry - and we are here to help ensure we continue to move forward in the right direction.
Founded in 1999, a group of producers, content creators, academics, and media advocates tired of their fight to be heard came together in search of building community. Since then, NALIP has strived to work towards discovering, promoting, and inspiring Latinx Content creators with our multifaceted programs.
Through our Latino Media Resource Project and Latino Lens Programs, our team not only tracks existing creators but builds and mentors upcoming talent. Our annual events, such as NALIP Media Summit, Latino Media Fest, and Diverse Women’s Forum, showcases major shapeshifters in media and provides a platform for people to organically come together and make connections.
No matter what leg of the industry you see yourself in - writer, director, editor, executive - NALIP has a space in our community for you to seek out tools and connections that could propel you to the next level.
NALIP is here to service our community, inspire, and work towards creating a more inclusive culture within media.
Ben is responsible for the overall design, strategic vision and execution of all domestic and global endeavors for the National Association of Latino Independent Producers, NALIP as it seeks to transform media culture.
As Executive Director, Ben oversees the NALIP Media Summit, Diverse Women in Media Initiative, the Latino Media Fest and Latino Lens programs, pushing the bounds of how NALIP can continue to celebrate and push for a more diverse industry.
During our Latino Lens Incubators, Ben serves as the year-round industry liaison for executives and chosen content creators. He works with the top agencies in the world to curate and match these creators with key industry professionals who can move their careers forward. He strives towards uniting his passion for inclusive storytelling and his roots in film production in his role as EP during the production of our Incubator content.
Recently, Ben's role as an Executive Producer has led to him consulting for the major Hollywood studios and networks. An advocate and champion of #Diversity, #Inclusion and #Belonging, Ben has been quoted on domestic and global publications and outlets, such as Variety, NYT, LA Times, Elle Magazine and Slate France. In addition, Ben has delivered keynotes and participated in speaking engagements in the world's leading festivals and markets including Telluride, Outfest, LA Brazilian Film Fest, New Filmmakers from Spain, DocsDF, DGCine in Dominican Republic, SANFIC Co-Prod Market in Chile, Manos Tech Venture Summit, MIP Cancún, Sundance, TIFF, SXSW, Tribeca, FICG & Morelia and European Film Market in Berlin.Read More
Liliana Espinoza, Projects Director – Sponsorship, Partners, & Outreach
Liliana Espinoza is currently the Projects Director at the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), where she oversees the various programs and departments including the Latino Lens Incubators, Latino Media Market, NALIP Media Summit, Diverse Women in Media Forum and Emerging Content Creators Inclusion Initiative, targeted to advancing Latinx and diverse creatives across all media platforms. She promotes inclusion and advocates for Women of Color, and has been a part of those crucial conversations throughout festivals and events such as Sundance, NAB and IFP. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara and attended the UCLA Professionals Program for Film & TV.
For over twenty years, The National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), stands as the premier Latinx and diverse media organization, addressing the most underrepresented and largest ethnic minority in the country. NALIP’s mission is to discover, promote, and inspire Latinx content creators and diverse voices across all media platforms. NALIP serves the needs of diverse content creators including, producers, performers, writers, directors, and industry professionals.
Sponsors, Grantors, and Partners
- Sponsors And Grantors
- Comcast NBCUniversal|Telemundo
- Sony Pictures Entertainment
- The Walt Disney Company
- Sag-Aftra Producers Industry Advancement and Cooperative Fund
- Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
- Creative Artists Agency (CAA)
- African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA)
- American Latino Museum
- American Film Institute (AFI)
- American Film Market (AFM)
- Bogotá Audiovisual Market (BAM)
- Cal State Fullerton Latino Communications Institute (LCI)
- Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment
National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) will receive AAFCA’s Salute To Excellence Award!