Latinos In The Industry

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: Ten Things Every Filmmaker Should Know About Distribution Deals

By Dan Schoenbrun, Filmmaker Magazine Blog

I'll be blogging this week from the 2011 IFP Filmmaker Labs, which are in their third and final session at 92Y Tribeca. Things kicked off this morning with a sobering discussion about sales and rights, led by Selling Your Film Without Selling Your Soul author Jon Reiss. Alongside the other lab leaders, Reiss stressed that filmmakers should always use a sales agent and/or lawyer when structuring contracts. But even with these professionals on your side, it's still absolutely essential that filmmakers have at least a basic familiarity about how deals work, in order to avoid common pitfalls and stay informed.

Here are ten essential points stressed this morning, that all business-savvy filmmakers should keep in the back of their minds:

1. Overall deals are nearly extinct
Gone are the days when distributors will purchase rights in one high-paying fell swoop. There are still rare instances of these types of deals (for instance, Focus's deal with Pariah at Sundance last year), but split rights deals are much more common nowadays. In a split rights deal, distributors only purchase certain rights (ie: DVD, VOD, digital).

2. There's no shame in service deals
In a service deal, you pay the distributor to distribute your film, rather than vice versa. This practice has become much more common in recent years, with major, reputable distributors like Roadside Attractions taking on more service deals. While this type of deal doesn't promise financial benefits, it does leave more power in the hands of the filmmaker. You'll be able to work closely with the distributor to carve out a unique marketing and release strategy.


Call for Entries: Hispanicize 2012 Film Showcase

The Hispanicize 2012 Film Showcase will screen feature length films and documentaries in South Florida movie theaters and at the event's main conference hotel itself, the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Miami.

The film showcase part of the event will include content from Latin America but will have a special emphasis on the works of U.S.-based Latino filmmakers. The deadline submission deadline is February 7. The final deadline for film entries is February 21.

Hispanicize 2012 will have a $10,000 prize for the best independent feature film included in the showcase.

The event will have a $5,000 prize for the best short film. Short films selected for Hispanicize 2012 will be screened in a constant rotation format throughout each day of the event at the main hotel venue and will be heavily marketed before and during the program.

Late breaking news and complete film entry details about the Latino Film Showcase are available through the special film microsite of Hispanicize 2012,

Call for Entries: KQED's Truly CA

Truly CA, KQED's showcase for the best documentaries about the Golden State, has announced a call for entries for feature documentaries. Truly CA is looking for well-crafted stories featuring compelling characters - stories that are provocative, passionate, and unforgettable. Not only do we want well-told stories, we're interested in well-made films - works that are both thought-provoking and eye-opening.

Truly CA films must be about California in some way - not just taking place in California. The films must also be primarily shot in California, and preferably made by California's talented, independent, documentary filmmakers.

The deadline to submit your feature-length documentary to Truly CA Season Eight: Entries must arrive at KQED by Monday, January 9, 2012 at 5pm - this is not a postmark deadline.

Get more information and download the application at Call for Entries.

Deadline Extended: Boyle Heights Latina Independent Film Extravaganza

The Boyle Heights Latina Independent Film Extravaganza (BHLIFE) has extended its submission deadline. The new deadline is January 18, 2012.

BHLIFE is a celebration of Latinas, their voices and their visions. The mission of the festival is to build a network of Latina filmmakers that will draw attention to the growing number of Latinas working behind the camera. The films of these Latinas constitute a body of work that acts as a powerful statement against the stereotypical portrayals of Latinas on screen. The festival will take place March 2-4, 2012 in celebration of International Women's Day.

To request a SUBMISSION FORM for the 2012 Festival please email us at

Call for Submissions: Joint Meeting on Adolescent Treatment Effectiveness (JMATE) Cinema

The 2012 Joint Meeting on Adolescent Treatment Effectiveness (JMATE) Cinema is now open for submissions. JMATE is a forum to discuss the latest advances in adolescent substance use disorder treatment, with an emphasis on the unique perspectives of youth and their families. The purpose of JMATE Cinema is to show films that highlight solutions and hope for successful treatment and sustained recovery for youth and families. We welcome submissions of films to be screened at our April 10-12, 2012 meeting in Washington, DC.

See under Recent Announcements to submit your film. There is no entry fee.

  The Upcoming Premiere of CBS's "Rob" has Latinos Talking
(Latin Heat Online) - The 2011 fall season was not good to Latinos. Now the networks turn to their mid-season replacements and for CBS that means their new sitcom Rob starring actor/comedian Rob Schneider and an all Latino cast. FULL STORY

Edgar Ramirez eyed for 'Star Trek' villain
(Variety) - Now that negotiations with Benicio Del Toro have fallen through, J.J. Abrams is moving fast to find someone else to play the villain in Paramount's "Star Trek" sequel. While no offer has been made, sources tell Variety that "Carlos" star Edgar Ramirez is the frontrunner, with "Colombiana" thesp Jordi Molla also in the mix. FULL STORY

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NALIP 2012: Diverse Voices, Universal Content

The NALIP 2012 National Conference, "Diverse Voices, Universal Content" will be held April 13-15, 2012 at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City, CA. Click on the image above to get a first look at the conference key art, hot off the presses!

Mark your calendar, and look for more details soon here and at

Frances Negrón-Muntaner
NALIPster appointed to the American Latino Scholars Expert Panel of the NPS Advisory Board

NALIP founding board member and current chair of the Board of Advisors, Frances Negrón-Muntaner, has been appointed to the National Park System Advisory Board's American Latino Scholars Expert Panel. The NPS Advisory Board was established by congress in 1935 to help preserve the United States' national parks and historic sites. She is one of two Puerto Ricans serving on the board.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to engage with how we tell and understand American history," said Negrón-Muntaner. "I am very honored by the appointment and look forward to our work."

During the four-year term, the expert panel will prepare a theme study on Latino participation in American history. The study will also identify historic properties for potential nomination as National Historic Landmarks and assist the board in related projects.

The American Latino Scholars Expert Panel was established within the National Park System Advisory Board in November 2011. The purpose of the Panel is to advise the National Park System Advisory Board on the preparation of an American Latino Theme Study that will be used to identify historic properties for potential nomination as National Historic Landmarks and recommendations on American Latino historic properties that could be nominated as National Historic Landmarks. The Panel also will be asked to review additional projects related to American Latino history and advise the Board's committees on Latino issues and perspectives, as the panel members' time permits. The Panel will assist the National Park Service with engaging the American public in a greater understanding of and appreciation for the important role that American Latinos have played in all facets of American history.

The full list of members of the American Latino Scholars Expert Panel: Ms. Belinda Faustinos (Co-Chair), Professor Luis Hoyos, AIA (Co-Chair), Professor Antonia Castaneda, Professor Rudolfo O. de la Garza, Professor Frances Negrón-Mutaner, Professor Stephen J. Pitti, Dr. Estevan Rael-Gálvez, Professor Raymond Rast, Professor Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez, Professor Vicki Ruiz, Professor Virginia Sánchez Korrol.


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