Latinos In The Industry

WETA and LPB to introduce "The Latino Americans" at THE NEW NOW!

WETA executive producer Jeff Bieber, producers Adriana Bosch and Ray Telles, and LPB's Luis Ortiz, make a special trip to NALIP's The New Now conference to present their important new PBS program. On Friday, April 15, they will introduce their upcoming 6-hour documentary and multimedia project The Latino Americans, about to get underway this summer. They are reaching out to the Latino content creator community with early information about this production, which includes unique opportunities for jobs and contributions.

The Latino Americans will consist of three, two-hour episodes, tracing the history of Latino immigration to the United States. Beginning with the founding of the country in 1776, The Latino Americans will illuminate the contributions made by Latino immigrants, and provide the historical underpinnings to the present debate surrounding immigration from Latin America. Find out more about this great new public media initiative, including the project's comprehensive public engagement and communications strategy. How can you be part of this dialogue with our community, and they ways in which we are represented? Come hear about it!

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Call for Entries: 2011 Imagen Awards

The Imagen Foundation is currently accepting submissions for the 2011 Imagen Awards, honoring positive portrayals of Latinos and Latino culture in entertainment. Download the Call for Entries and entry form by clicking on the following links:

Call for Entries & Qualifications
Entry Form

Imagen Awards will be celebrating its 26th annual awards ceremony Friday, August 12, 2011. Deadline for submissions is May 2, 2011. Categories include film, television, the internet, student films/theatrical shorts, documentaries as well as others. For questions or more information, please email

Call for Entries: Film Independependent's Project:Involve

Applications are now being accepted for Project:Involve, Film Independent's signature diversity program, dedicated to increasing diversity in the film industry by cultivating the careers of under-represented filmmakers. The program, which runs from October through June, selects filmmakers from diverse backgrounds and filmmaking tracks. Tracks include cinematography, directing, documentary, editing, producing, screenwriting, and writing/directing.

During the nine-months, the Fellows are paired one-on-one with a mentor from the film industry, assigned to a team to make a short film incorporating a given theme, and attend monthly filmmaking workshops and other educational seminars.

Application Deadline: April 25, 2011
Click here for more information and to download the application.

Call for Entries: LA Shorts Fest

The 15th LA Shorts Fest - the largest short film festival in the world - is currently accepting entries. Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences accredited. In past years, 37 participants have earned Academy Award nominations including 12 Oscar winning short films! The Festival annually attracts more than 7,000 moviegoers, filmmakers and entertainment professionals looking for the hottest new talent.

Regular Deadline - April 2, 2011
Final Deadline - May 14, 2011

Submit online


By Stacey Parks, special workshop instructor at The New Now. Sign up today!

I think it was Donald Trump who said - "If you're going to be thinking anyway, you might as well think BIG".

I really love that statement as it relates to producing films because here's the deal - if you're going put in all the blood, sweat, and tears anyway to make a movie, why not make it a BIG movie. A bold step instead of baby steps. Something to catapult your career instead of to just the next rung on the ladder...

When I was a Sales Agent I spent my time pursuing BIG deals because guess what - that's how I got paid. Not only that, but I knew the buyers who could afford to make big deals were the ones I wanted to invest the time to make relationships with. And I was spot on in my thinking because those are some of the buyers I'm working with today in a different capacity - to finance films I'm Producing.


Deadline Approaching: CBS Diversity Institute's Writers Mentoring Program

The application deadline is approaching for the 9th session of the CBS Diversity Institute's Writers Mentoring Program. The submission period ends April 1, 2011.

The Writers Mentoring Program helps aspiring writers to break in and move up in the business. Each participant is matched with two mentors - one is a CBS or CBS Studio creative executive and the other is a show mentor on a current series. Participants meet regularly with their mentors for advice and support on improving their writing skills as well as career advice and guidance. With a total of 50 graduates in its first eight years, the Program has launched 25 careers in episodic television.

For more information click on, then click on Diversity Institute there you will find the Writers' Mentoring Program Information and Application.

  Universal Dropping Musical 'In The Heights'
(Deadline Hollywood) - Universal Pictures has ended plans to turn the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical In The Heights into a feature with director Kenny Ortega. FULL STORY

Popularity Of Latino Films Growing
(KPBS) - One of the oldest festivals to screen films from all over Latin America as well as the U.S. and Spain, the San Diego Latino Film Festival has grown from a scrappy student-run project in 1993 to a 10-day long event operating continuously on four screens. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

Visit the NALIP Job Opportunities page for all the latest listings.

Managing Editor / Sr. Producer for NPR’s Latino USA (NYC)
The Managing Editor/Senior Producer, NPR’s Latino USA , a production of the Futuro Media Group, is responsible for developing, editing and overseeing new content to be produced by the Futuro Media Group and distributed by public, commercial, and cable radio networks and broadband channels; primarily the weekly NPR radio program, Latino USA. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Production Associate for NPR's Latino USA (NYC)
The P/T Production Associate or Production Assistant will assist the Radio Producer with research, booking, scheduling, editing, recording, and field recording the weekly NPR radio program Latino USA. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Recruiting Students to Make Documentaries Abroad
Actuality Media is seeking students to join a crew and tell the world a story that matters. Choose one of three outreaches for the summer of 2011, choose a position, and come with us to research, write, shoot, and edit a short documentary film about a changemaker on the ground. FULL STORY

International Distribution Intern
Maya Entertainment's International Distribution department is seeking an intern to provide support to the team. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

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The Deadline for Pitch Tr3s in Newport Beach is around the corner!

The deadline for the Pitch Tr3s event in Newport Beach, CA is April 2! If you haven�t submitted your application yet, don�t wait! Anyone from around the country can apply but remember you have to register to THE NEW NOW NALIP�s national conference.

Tr3s wants to hear great new ideas so that they can continue to portray the US-Hispanic and Latino experience in a positive way, and the commonality between the diverse Latino cultures in the US. For this Pitch Tr3s event, they will meet 10-12 pitch teams, meetings will be April 15 and 16.

Click here to download application for Pitch Tr3s! Questions? Call NALIP at 310.395.8880 or write

Maria Agui Carter
NALIP Chair to premiere new film, No Job For a Woman, at Sarasota

Mara Agui Carter, Chairman of the NALIP Board of Directors, has produced a new feature documentary film with director/producer Michele Fillion, narrated by Julianna Margulles. The documentary has been selected for its festival premiere at the Sarasota Film Festival on Sunday, April 10.

No Job For a Woman is a film about how war reporting changed when women reporters, previously excluded from war zones, found their way in. The film follows the stories of three courageous women journalists who are driven to change history by writing it themselves. It illuminates the ways in which their groundbreaking journalism affected the world's understanding of the war.

David Bianchi & Isabella Cascarano
NALIPsters' short screening at Boca Raton Film Fest

The critically acclaimed bilingual short film Our Vows written, produced and starring NALIPSsters David Bianchi (LPA 2007 & 2008) and Isabella Cascarano will screen at the Boca Raton Film Festival April 11-18th. The film is about two lovers trapped in their addictions who discover the true value of loss in their final conquest to quell their crack cocaine habit. The film can be watched on YouTube.


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