Latinos In The Industry

2011 LPA Application Now Available for August Program in Santa Fe, NM

NALIP's 2011 Latino Producers Academy™ is now accepting applications for the August program in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Latino Producers Academy™ provides our Fellows with the practical skills and knowledge to accomplish their personal goals and realize their artistic dreams as filmmakers.

The 2011 LPA includes a hands-on curriculum for Producers at all stages of their professional development. Documentary and Narrative projects will benefit from comprehensive skills development. Documentaries in post-production will have the opportunity to re-cut and score sequences with intensive mentoring on their rough cuts and completion plans.

2011 Latino Producers Academy™
August 9 - 19, 2011 (Feature Track) Santa Fe, New Mexico
August 10 - 19, 2011 (Documentary Track) Santa Fe, New Mexico
Application Deadline - Wednesday, June 8th, 2011
Download the application here

This program is competitive and highly selective. It is open exclusively to NALIP members, and only to filmmakers with produced work on which they played a key creative role. All accepted Fellows are invited on full scholarship: materials, lodging, meals and local transportation provided by our supporters, plus honoraria for documentary editors. Travel to Santa Fe, New Mexico is the responsibility of the Fellows.

Don't miss this chance to apply for one of NALIP's most appreciated and respected programs. Click here to see movies of highlights from the 2010 LPA, as well as samples of the work done there. Questions? Call Octavio Marin, LPA Program Director at 310.395.8880

Click here to visit the LPA webpage and download an application.

Call for Entries: POV's 25th Anniversary Season

Attention, all filmmakers! POV, public television's premier showcase for independent, nonfiction film seeks programs from all perspectives to showcase in its annual national PBS series in 2012.

All subjects, aesthetic approaches and lengths are welcome.

Check out the POV Filmmakers section to learn more about the process and the categories of submissions that we are looking for.

Please note: All entries must be received by Thursday, June 30, 2011.

Apply online:

Call for Submissions: LPB's 2011 Public Media Content Fund

Latino Public Broadcasting's Public Media Content Fund is an open invitation to independent producers to submit proposals for a program, series or short web-based digital video (of no longer than 20 minutes) on any subject that relates to or is representative of Latino Americans that is appropriate for public television and/or one of its platforms.

Programs should bring new audiences to public media and have a recognizable impact on a broad range of viewers, presenting a range of subjects, viewpoints and forms from a variety of Latino producers across the country that complement and challenge existing public television offerings.

We are especially interested in projects that provide thoughtful dialogue and impactful stories giving voice to those not normally heard or seen. While proposals can take creative risks, selected projects must ultimately appeal to a wide variety of television and public media audiences. Projects that reflect personal or individual experience should have universal appeal.

For more information, please visit the LPB Website at:

DEADLINE: June 6, 2011 at 5 PM
*this is not a postmark date - Packages must be received in house by June 6, 2011

Unknown Helmer Jaume Collet-Serra Forms Ombra Films To Tap Emerging Spanish Talent

By Mike Fleming, Deadline Hollywood

Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra and Juan Sola have formed Ombra Films. Funded by StudioCanal, Ombra will generate low-budget English-language horror, thriller and fantasy films made by emerging Spanish filmmakers. They've also got their first project. Mindscape is a psychological thriller scripted by Guy Holmes about a man with the ability to enter people's memories. His assignment: to figure out if a 16-year-old girl is a psychopath or a victim of trauma, or both. The pic will be directed by Jorge Dorado, a successful commercials director in Spain. Ombra will produce with StudioCanal and Peter Safran (Buried). The Barcelona-born Collet-Serra, who got his break after moving to Los Angeles at 18 and first found success shooting commercials, wants to help others make the transition and take advantage of an opportunity.

"We've seen how many talented directors are coming out of Spain, but there hasn't really been a platform for them to find work in films," Sola told me. "They look up to Jaume as a guy they want to become and we thought, how about a company that creates a bridge between Spain and the U.S., similar to what Luc Besson provided in France? Already, we are being bombarded, and we feel directors will find Ombra a fantastic platform. Jaume loves mentoring new talent."

Ombra might get involved in projects for Collet-Serra to direct, but that's not the priority. Collett-Sera is currently in preproduction on Red Circle for Arthur Sarkissian Productions, Working Title and StudioCanal, and he's developing the vampire tale Harker with Appian Way at Warner Bros. He's repped by CAA and attorney Gretchen Rush.

Call for Entries: Independent Film Week (NYC)

Independent Film Week is the oldest and largest forum in the U.S. for the discovery of new projects in development and new voices on the independent film scene. The Project Forum is a meetings-driven forum connecting filmmakers who have new narrative and documentary projects with key industry executives interested in identifying projects with which to become involved at the financing or distribution stage.

Now accepting applications for all three sections: Emerging Narrative (for U.S. writers and writer/directors seeking producers and agents to develop, produce, represent and finance their scripts), No Borders (for U.S. and international producers with partial financing on new narrative projects seeking additional partners), Spotlight on Documentaries (for U.S. filmmakers with projects in production or post-production seeking financing partners, broadcast/distribution opportunities, and festival invitations).

Deadlines (early/final) vary by section: Emerging Narrative (May 6), No Borders (April 29/May 20), Spotlight on Documentaries (May 6/May 25). Apply today!

Call for Nominations: Latino Books Into Movies Awards

Many of us would love to see more movies being produced that star Latinos and feature Latino themes. Realizing that many movies start with a great book, Latino Literacy Now has created a second competition within the framework of its International Latino Book Awards: the Latino Books Into Movies Awards.

Judges for these awards will include screenwriters, playwrights, producers, and other entertainment industry professionals. Winning books will be distributed to pertinent Motion Picture Studios, Producers, and Agents, depending on genre.

The awards will be presented during the Los Angeles Latino Book & Family Festival. The awards will be given out on Saturday, October 8, during An Evening with the Authors, a buffet dinner get together with the authors participating in the Festival.

Click here for details and a nomination form.

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Los Angeles Film Festival Announces Lineup
(indieWIRE) - Details of the Los Angeles Film Festival were unveiled today with 200 feature films, shorts, and music videos on tap for the event’s 2011 edition, including 19 films screening in the ten-day event’s Narrative and Documentary Competition. FULL STORY

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Alex Ferrari
NALIPster joins UK television show "Make Me a Star"

NALIP member, LPA mentor and writer/director Alex Ferrari (LPA 2006, 2008) has joined the overseas UK Television Show "Make Me a Star". It follows the highs and lows of a group of actors as they compete to star in an upcoming film written by Alex Ferrari. This series promises to be an insightful and entertaining look at exactly what it takes to be a film star. 'Make Me A Film Star' follows the fortunes of 10 of the UK's most promising professional actors as they try to 'out act' one another with the hope of being cast in an upcoming film in Alex Ferrari's CYN, loosely based on Alex's feature film RED PRINCESS BLUES currently in pre-production. Series will revolve around competing to be in film. Over the course of the series each of the actors will be upping their game to push themselves nearer to their ultimate goal, becoming a film star.

However, each week the group is set a unique acting challenge to push their creativity and range. These challenges will range from performing scenes from difficult film genres to selecting a script for their peers to perform. Each week the actors perform their piece to camera and then, in the tradition of 'The Apprentice', "..Next Top Model" and 'X-Factor', receive feedback from the harshest judges - each other!

But where is all of this leading? These challenges exist to give the group the chance to show where they excel because the series has one goal - to make a film which stars members of the group. The number of roles are limited, so the competition to shine is going to be fierce and only the best will get the lead roles. To secure the roles, the actors will have to audition for the parts in front of a panel of industry professionals. The panel then votes on who gets the roles. But in a dramatic twist, In the tradition of "Big Brother', the casting decisions can be overturned by the audience with a public vote.

To view the episodes go to

Monica Trasandes
NALIPster's play opening in Hollywood

NALIP member Monica Trasandes wrote and co-produced the play Fernando Richardsons Treacherous Brain, which opens May 5 at the Open Fist Theatre in Hollywood. Performances are at 8 p.m. every Thursday from May 5 to June 9. Click here for details and tickets.

The play tells the story of a man who, post-brain surgery, begins to passionately proclaim his love for a woman in South America (who may or may not be alive) and who is not the American wife he adores. A comedy, it also touches on the challenges of any marriage and on some of the issues immigrants face. On one hand we long for the country we left behind and at the same time thrill at the opportunities the new country offers.

Trasandes is a playwright and novelist, originally from Uruguay, and an Emerson graduate. The lead, Roberto Montesinos, has numerous stage and television credits and plays Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez in the upcoming We Bought a Zoo directed by Cameron Crowe, starring Matt Damon.

Kevin Tostado
NALIPster's film opening in NYC theaters May 6

NALIP member Kevin Tostado's feature documentary Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story will open May 6, 2011 at New York's Quad Cinema for its New York theatrical premiere.

The film, which gives us a behind the scenes look at one of the world's greatest board games, was winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2010 Anaheim International Film Festival, and an official selection of the 2010 Austin Film Festival and the 2011 Sedona International Film Festival. The film is narrated by Zachary Levi, star of NBC's "Chuck" and the recent Disney animated film, Tangled.

Cine Las Americas Announces Jury and Audience Award Winners

The 14th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival announced the winners of their Jury and Audience Awards, while congratulating all of the participating filmmakers. NALIPsters among the winners include Carmen Marron, winner of the Audience Award for Narrative Feature for her film Go For It!, and Jorge Jimenez, winner of the Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) Award for his film Hermoso Silencio.

A full list of winners is below:

Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature
Dir. Carlos Gaviria, Colombia

Honorable Mention for Narrative Feature
Dir. Che Sandoval, Chile

Honorable Mention for Narrative Feature
Dir. Andrew Okpeaha MacLean, USA

Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature
Dir. Gabriel Mascaro, Brazil

Honorable Mention for Documentary Feature
Dir. Macarena Aguilo Marchi, Susana Foxley, Chile

Honorable Mention for Documentary Feature
Dir. Rosana Matecki, Venezuela

Jury Award for Best Narrative Short
Dir. Felipe Gomez, Mexico

Honorable Mention for Narrative Short
Dir. Julio O. Ramos, Peru/USA

Jury Award for Best Documentary Short
Dir. Juliana Fanjul Espinoza, Mexico/Cuba

Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) Award
Dir. Jorge Jimenez, USA

Audience Award for Narrative Feature - TIE
Dir. Carmen Marron, USA
Dir. Carlos Gaviria, Colombia

Audience Award for Documentary Feature
Dir. John Ferry, USA

Emergencia Youth Film Competition
Dir. Kadiatou Diallo, Nataly Garzon, Rayhan Islam, Jesus Villalba
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