NALIP makes a difference each year and 2013 was a new milestone in our movement to create more films by and about Latinos everywhere you see media!   This past December, our NALIP holiday parties drew over six hundred Latino media-makers (five hundred in Los Angeles and another one hundred in New York) who gathered together to celebrate our successes and connect with one another.   It is a testament especially during the busy holiday season, to see how important it is for so many of us to connect and nurture this community that we gather as "familia" during the holidays. Thank you for being a part of this movement!

• NALIP Annual Conference:  For fourteen years, ours has been the only annual national gathering of the national Latino media field. At last year's NALIP conference we gathered almost 600 Latino media-makers and Hollywood, network and public media movers and shakers helping improve visibility and access, and facilitating new professional partnerships for our members. (Watch the NALIP 2013 Conference Highlights video here)  MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR OUR QUINCEANERA, OUR SWEET FIFTEENTH, ON JUNE 5-8, 2014 at the Sheraton Universal in Los Angeles, CA! 

• Latino Media Market (LMM): We accepted 21 new Latino projects and facilitated 186 meetings with executives, funders, distributors, festival programmers and production companies.  Many of our 2013 LMM participants have secured funding or gained interest from broadcasters and distributors, and one film has already started touring the festival circuit to great acclaim: Purgatorio: A Journey Into the Heart of the Border.  Directed by Rodrigo Reyes, and written by Reyes and Hugo Perez, it premiered at the 2013 LA Film Festival.

• Latino Writer's Lab (LWL):  In 2013 we invited seven feature and television scriptwriters.  Lab writers workshopped with professional scriptwriters and NALIP organized script readings by professional SAG actors for every script.  Three of the scripts will next be recommended for presentation to agents, managers and producers and one writer, David Perez was subsequently invited to join the Disney Writers Program. LWL fellows from previous years have been hired by Lifetime Television, Disney Channel, and Nickelodeon Animation Studios, among others.

• Latino Producer's Academy (LPA):  Working with Academy-Award winning editors and some of the top writer/directors in the country, NALIP invited 20 documentary and new media makers to our residential Latino Producers Academy for a new batch of projects we'll be hearing more about in the future.  LPA fellows have gone on to secure funding and distribute their films, from MacArthur genius award-winning documentarian Natalia Almada, to feature director Rashad Ernesto Green, now directing episodic television, to our most recent LPA success:  Richard Ray Perez, whose documentary Cesar's Last Fast – premieres at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival!

• Latino Artist Mentoring Program (LAMP):  The Latino Producers Academy's sister program is LAMP where a subset of the fellow's projects are fast-tracked with NALIP-sponsored additional mentoring from leading producers, editors or story consultants around the country.  This year's LAMP projects include Angel Harper's Keeping the Faith with Morrie, about social activist Morrie Tucker, the oldest American to have a continuous newspaper comic strip over 50 years, and Prodigal Daughter, in which filmmaker Mabel Valdiviezo returns to her native Lima after a 20 years absence to visit the family she left behind when she fled the murderous Fujimori regime in her early twenties. Recently completed LAMP projects include Kimberly Bautista's film Justice For My Sister, that won best documentary at the 2013 LALIFF festival.

• NALIP AWARDS - HBO AND ESTELA:  NALIP provides cash grants to filmmakers to facilitate new work. The Estela Award, funded by McDonalds, granted  $7,500 each to Ben DeJesus (documentary) and to Aurora Guerrero (feature) for future creative endeavors.  NALIP also granted the $10,000 HBO/NALIP Documentary Award to Kimberly Bautista for Justice for My Sister.  With these awards we also create greater visibility for these filmmakers by helping to publicize their work, featuring them in press releases, and on our website, showing trailers of their work on line, and featuring them in our Conference in an awards ceremony.  Ben De Jesus is now funded for his next project, Aurora Guerrero is working on her second feature, and Kimberly Bautista has won outreach support to use her film to create a campaign to help prevent violence against women in Central America.

• NALIP Doing Your Doc: Diverse Visions, Regional Voices, a week-end long workshop program this year toured to Tucson, New Orleans, Durham and Los Angeles as NALIP partnered with local media centers to help jumpstart NEW projects by filmmakers from traditionally underserved communities. To date, NALIP has served almost a thousand filmmakers nationally.

• Our e-publication Latinos In the Industry (LITI) reaches our constituency of 10,000 twice a week - on average 100 issues each year - sharing successes, advocacy issues, industry news, insights, and job opportunities for our members.  Annually these 900 plus articles are also posted on Facebook and Twitter and further disseminated by members and industry professionals.

Your success is our success so please join us in sharing news, don't forget to renew your membership and apply to our programs!