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NALIP organizes select pre-conference events for longer, in-depth professional development opportunities. But you must sign up, as space is limited! And you must be registered for the conference. All other programming is open to all. Please note the times and any pre-requisites. These are set for Friday morning, April 15, before the opening Keynote Lunch. Sign up now, limited attendance!

This year's workshops include:

DocFundamentals: Proposal and Sample Tape workshop with Richard Saiz. Don't miss this special opportunity for an in-depth discussion about successful documentary proposal and sample trailer strategies to secure funding for your project. Learn the best ways to attract attention at ITVS, the largest funder of independent documentaries in the U.S.. Get mentoring on your package and DVD and learn the essential concepts and principles of how to make your documentary more competitive when applying for ITVS funds. Led by Richard Saiz, broadcast journalist, producer, director and writer with over 35 years experience.

Sizzle in your Reality Dizzle! 3-hour Reality TV Bootcamp with Luis Barreto from the hit MTV series "Road Rules," and Chris Ragazzo, director of PBS series "Texas Ranch House." RealityTV Bootcamp returns with a 2-part workshop dedicated to getting reality TV producers primed and ready for their big pitch! Part one focuses on Reality TV concept development, treatment and log-line writing, structure and formatting, and sizzle-reel production. Part two focuses on concept presentation, pitch reels, and pitching technique, with constructive critique to refine sales presentation. Afterward, seminar hosts will schedule "one on one" mentoring sessions with individual NALIPsters looking for specific help with their pitch or concept.

Owning and Running a Business, Part 2. Whether you attended Part 1 last year, or are new to the conversation, these three hours will bring you practical legal, logistical and banking information so that you know what you need to run your film and production company like a business. This year will look at corporate structures, tax opportunities, employee issues and MONEY! From productions loans to bank relationships to investment opportunities. Great if you attended last year or not!

Making Movies that Sell: A Holistic Approach to Getting Your Films Made and Seen Worldwide. Don't miss this select opportunity for an in-depth workshop with rock star film funding and distribution expert Stacey Parks of Before you start raising one dollar of financing for your film, you need to have solid financing, marketing, and distribution plans in place. This seminar explores all the must haves! Stacey has 13 years experience and dozens of examples to draw from. Space is limited! Use your specific project for Q&A.

The Sign up workshops run from 9:00am - Noon on Friday, April 15. They are open to anyone registered for the conference, but space in each is limited. So sign up now at

And don't forget - Early Bird Registration ends on February 25!
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Call for Proposals: MacArthur Foundation Documentary Film Grants

The MacArthur Foundation is accepting proposals for 2011 documentary film grants though June 1, 2011. The Foundation seeks to fund documentary film projects that address significant social challenges or explore important but under-reported topics.

MacArthur's goal in media grantmaking is to provide the public with high-quality, professionally-produced documentary films, deep and analytical journalism, and well-produced news and public affairs programming.

MacArthur supports U.S.-based independent documentary filmmakers for the production and distribution of social-issue documentary films intended for a broad audience. The typical MacArthur documentary film grant is $100,000 to $200,000.

Click here for more information and our new documentary film grantmaking guidelines.

Deadline Approaching: POV's Diverse Voices Project & Project VoiceScape

The Diverse Voices Project IV, with up to $100,000 in co-production funding per project, is designed to foster emerging and diverse documentary directors and producers with production support and mentoring with a full menu of services.

Project VoiceScape welcomes good ideas, films-in-progress or completed short films made by aspiring filmmakers in grades 7-12. The program provides mentorship to young filmmakers and showcases their work on in a variety of PBS/POV related media.

All submissions must be received by 5 PM, Friday, February 18, 2011. This is an arrival deadline, not a postmark deadline. Find out how to submit your film to the Diverse Voices Project and Project VoiceScape at the POV website.

NHMC to Honor Outstanding Latino Talent at 14th Annual Impact Awards Gala

The stars will be bright in Beverly Hills on Friday, February 25 when the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) presents its 14th Annual Impact Awards Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The annual fete, hosted by the NHMC, one of the country's foremost Latino media advocacy and civil rights organizations, celebrates outstanding theatrical, television, radio and film performances by Latinos both in front and back of camera. "This year, we are celebrating NHMC's 25th anniversary of opening doors for Latinos in media and we are extremely proud to be able to honor our Latino talent at this annual event" said Alex Nogales, NHMC President & CEO. The 25th anniversary year-long celebration will commence at the gala and will commemorate the 25 years of history and achievements of the organization.

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  Latin Biz Thrives as Local Funds Mature
(Variety) - Film funds have been sprouting up across Latin America, contributing to a vibrant film biz in the region. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Executive Director of Latino Public Broadcasting
We are seeking an Executive Director to lead Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) - one of the most exciting public media organizations in the country giving voice to Latino people through public media. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: Sci-fi Web Series (Phoenix)
Casting call for sci-fi web series, 10 episodes long, aired weekly online this summer. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

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NALIPsters' doc on PBS nationwide, Feb. 12

NALIP members Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and Dawn Valadez (both LPA 2004) are excited to announce that their documentary Going on 13 will be screening on PBS stations across the country on February 12. Visit the film's ITVS page to find out what time it's playing on your local station.

Synopsis: From Tweety Bird to Bow Wow, double dutch to chat rooms, Daddy's girls to first deceptions, watch as Ariana, Isha, Rosie, and Esme let go of childhood and fumble - or sprint - toward an uncertain future. This is puberty and for each of these girls of color, it’s a whirlwind of change and new choices. Without flinching, Going on 13 enters their world as they negotiate the precious, precarious moments between being a little girl and becoming a young woman.

Patricia Boero
Resigns as Executive Director of Latino Public Broadcasting

The Board of Directors at Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) announced today that Patricia Boero, Executive Director since 2007, has decided to resign, effective March 8, 2011. In her resignation letter, Ms. Boero - a NALIP mentor, partner and friend - stated she has enjoyed working at LPB and is proud of their accomplishments. "I am sad to be leaving the Board and my team, but trust that the organization will see this transition as another opportunity for renewal and growth."

LPB funds public media programs, which provide impactful stories from a variety of Latino producers across the country. LPB is a nonprofit organization and supports the development, production, acquisition and distribution of public media content that is representative of Latino people, or addresses issues of interest to Latino-Americans. These programs are produced for dissemination to public broadcasting stations and other entities.

Ms. Boero is proud to leave a talented and motivated team at LPB's Burbank office that will be more than capable of continuing the work in her absence. An executive search firm, WBCP, is managing the search for LPB's Executive Director. Luis Ortiz, Managing Director for LPB, will be filling the role as Interim Executive Director in Boero's absence.

Edward James Olmos, Chairman of the Board and founder of Latino Public Broadcasting said, "We are sorry to see Patricia go, and thank her for her outstanding work and contribution to the organization, and the Board is grateful to Luis for agreeing to be LPB's Interim Executive Director during the search process."

Ms. Boero has decided to spend more time in Uruguay, so she can be closer to an ailing family member. "Since I started my work at LPB, I have committed all my energies to fulfilling our mission. I trust I've made a positive contribution, delivering exciting new Latino content to public media, and developing collaborations with PBS stations, funders and producers across the United States. During my tenure, LPB broadcast a second season of the VOCES series and many exciting Latino programs, obtained a significant increase in funding, and helped grow LPB's capacity."

Boero wrote, "I feel confident and proud that LPB will continue to make a difference in the lives of Latino communities. I have appreciated your guidance over this fruitful period, and I will miss you and my LPB colleagues enormously."

Click here to view the job posting for the position of Executive Director of Latino Public Broadcasting.


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