Latinos In The Industry

Call for Applications: Global Film Initiative's Summer 2010 Feature-film Production Grants

In its continuing effort to promote original filmmaking by individuals from around the world, the Global Film Initiative is pleased to announce a call for the Summer 2010 cycle of its feature-film production grants program. Applications will be accepted until July 15, 2010, and decisions will be announced in September 2010.

Global Film Initiative production grants are awarded twice a year, in winter and summer, to filmmakers whose work exhibits artistic excellence, authentic self-representation and accomplished storytelling. The granting program furthers the Initiative's mission of contributing to the development of local film industries while offering audiences a variety of cultural perspectives on daily life around the world. Monies received through the Initiative's granting program are used to support completion of film production, and to subsidize post-production costs, such as laboratory and sound mixing fees and access to modern editing systems.

The Global Film Initiative accepts grant applications from countries in the following regions: Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Asia (excluding Hong Kong, Iran, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan), and Oceania (excluding Australia and New Zealand).

This year, the Global Film Initiative will award production grants of up to $10,000 each to select applicants during its summer granting cycle. These funds are made available following the Initiative's evaluation of an applicant's completed screenplay and early film-footage, and may include a pre-sale option for exclusive U.S. distribution of an applicant's film by the Initiative. Individuals may submit more than one film for consideration per granting cycle but please note that only applications from qualifying countries or regions will be considered and that production grants are not available for documentary or short films.*

The Global Film Initiative strongly believes in supporting narrative storytelling traditions from around the world and invites all qualified applicants to submit their work for granting consideration. For Applications & Guidelines, please visit:

Application deadline: July 15, 2010

*The Global Film Initiative accepts grant applications from countries in the following regions: Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Asia (excluding Hong Kong, Iran, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan), and Oceania (excluding Australia and New Zealand).

The Global Film Initiative

The Global Film Initiative is a U.S.-based not-for-profit organization specializing in the support of independent film from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Founded in 2002 to promote cross-cultural understanding through the language of cinema, the Initiative awards numerous grants to deserving filmmakers from around the world each year, and supports a touring film series entitled Global Lens. For more information about the Global Lens film series and Global Film Initiative programs, please visit:

Call for Submissions: FIND's Producers Lab & $25,000 Production Grant

Film Independent's Producers Lab is now accepting submissions. Apply by July 12, 2010.

Film Independent's Producers Lab is an intensive seven-week program designed to help filmmakers develop skills as creative independent producers. Producers Lab Fellows develop a strategy and action plan for their projects, including a detailed budget, schedule, and business plan. Lab Fellows are introduced to film professionals who advise them on both the craft and business of independent producing, and have one-on-one meetings with established independent producers and other industry professionals who act as advisors on the their projects.

Producers Lab Fellows receive:
- A one-year membership with Film Independent
- A pass to the Filmmaker Forum, which kicks off the Producers Lab
- A pass to the Los Angeles Film Festival
- A pass to the American Film Market
- One-on-one consultations with Film Independent's Filmmaker Advisor
- Year-round support from Film Independent

Applicants to the Producers Lab are also eligible for a $25,000 Sloan Production Grant. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation will award one participant of Film Independent's Producers Lab the annual Sloan Producers Grant. The recipient will receive a $25,000 development grant. To be eligible for the Sloan grant the screenplay should have a scientific, mathematical, and/or technological theme and storyline or have a leading character who is a scientist, engineer, or mathematician.

Deadline to submit: July 12, 2010

Click here for more information about the Producers Lab and Sloan Producers grant.

Call for Entries: Urban Mediamakers Film Festival

The 9th annual Urban Mediamakers Film Festival will be held October 14-17, 2010 in Norcorss, Georgia. UMFF Call For Entries: Animations, Documentaries, Shorts, Features, Music Videos, Scripts, TV/Web Series. Seeking independent works of excellence with an emphasis on those produced by or featuring people of African, Asian and Latin descent. Short- and feature-length scripts also in competition.

Regular Deadline: July 10, 2010
Late Deadline: August 13, 2010

For details and submission information, please visit the UMFF website.

Our intent in filmmaking is to change the world, one story at a time. The Urban Mediamakers Association is a not-for-profit, charitable 501(c)(3) consortium of independent film, print, television and video production staff and crew. We recognize media as a powerful weapon of choice for making positive change. Our mission is to empower media entrepreneurs through the association, and educate/train the next generation of mediamakers through the Young Urban Mediamakers (YUMs). Guided by past wisdom and reflecting the new, we are dedicated to thinking out of the box as we pursue our dreams courageously. Come along with us on our creative journeys.

Call for Entries: Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, the premier venue for nonfiction film in the American West, is seeking submissions for its eighth annual event. From February 11-20, 2011 the festival will screen 100+ films, including world and U.S. premieres, classics, rare and experimental works on Montana's largest screen at the historic Wilma Theater in downtown Missoula, Montana. In addition to ten days of screenings, the event will feature many public and VIP events including panel discussions, galas, receptions and networking round-tables.

Early Bird Deadline: Postmarked by July 2, 2010
Regular Deadline: Postmarked by September 3, 2010
Final Deadline: Postmarked by October 15, 2010

Enter via at
or download entry form in pdf format at

The competitive event is open to non-fiction films and videos of all genres, subject matter, lengths and production dates. Awards and cash prizes will be given for Best Documentary Feature (over 50 minutes), Best Documentary Short (15-50 minutes), Best Mini-Doc (under 15 minutes) and best documentary about the American West (the Big Sky Award).

DVD (NTSC/PAL), VHS (NTSC/PAL), DVCAM (NTSC/PAL), HDV (NTSC), and miniDV (NTSC/PAL) accepted for preview.

  2010 Mid Year Report: Specialty Box Office On a Roll
(indieWIRE) - Last summer indieWIRE reported the winners and losers of the first half of 2010, generally suggesting things had taken a downward turn in comparison to the year before. A year later, it seems reasonable to exclude the “losers” element of a similar story as relatively there’s really quite few of them. FULL STORY

Pay TV Paying Off in Down Economy
(The Hollywood Reporter) - The unsexy 35-year-old pay TV biz has held its own and even experienced growth the past couple of years. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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Cuentame Social Media, Journalism Intern or Volunteer
Brave New Foundation is seeking a social media intern/volunteer for our new Facebook based campaign Cuentame. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

From the Editor
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Elaine Romero
NALIP Board Member's play Wetback in Voices at the River

A free public reading of NALIP Board Member Elaine Romero's play Wetback will be in the Voices in the River program in Little Rock on Friday, July 16 at 8:30pm.

Voices at the River brings together actors, directors, dramaturges and playwrights for an intensive process developing five new works that will then be ready to be produced in theatres across the country. Celebrate the art of great storytelling for three days in July with Arkansas Repertory Theatre at Voices at the River, July 14-17, 2010. Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 West 9th St, 3rd Floor, Downtown Little Rock.

Local actors will join actors from other states for free public readings, which are theatrical experiences where the focus is placed on the playwright's words. Arkansas audiences will have the unique opportunity to hear five new compelling plays read aloud for the very first time and to provide feedback to the creative team after the readings.

Reservations for the free public readings are encouraged, but not required, and can be made by contacting Sheridan Essman at or by calling The Rep Box Office at (501) 378-0405.

Tensions arise on the U.S./Mexican border as the Minuteman Militia hold rallies in the park and lobby to deny citizenship to the American-born children of undocumented workers. The play charts the intertwined fates of a privileged Latina high school principal and the Mexican undocumented worker she fires to protect her job. The irrevocable consequences of her choice force her to question her position in the community and herself.

Elaine Romero is the Playwright-in-Residence at the Arizona Theatre Company and has taught at Linfield College and the University of Arizona. Romero's plays have been developed and produced at such theatres as Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Magic Theatre, the Ford Amphitheatre, New Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Curious Theatre Company, Bloomington Playwrights Project, Kitchen Dog Theatre, Urban Stages, INTAR, the Playwrights' Center, Women's Project and Productions, the Working Theater, Su Teatro, the Lark Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Borderlands Theater, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, and Miracle Theatre.

Sonia Gonzalez-Martinez
NALIPster's film Urban Lullaby premiering at NYILFF

Former NALIP board member Sonia Gonzalez-Martinez (LPA 2003, LWL 2003) wrote, directed and produced the short comedy Urban Lullaby which is premiering at the New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF).

Unemployed artist Nina Rivera is at her breaking point in her noisy Bronx neighborhood. She is intimidated to step to Mateo Reyes, her young thuggish neighbor and source of the noise. They finally have a confrontation that forces both of them to examine how to navigate the space they both take up.

The film will be showing on the following dates in the F.M.L. Shorts Program Category:

Thursday, July 29th @ 4:30p
Chelsea Cinemas
260 W. 23rd St (bt. 7th & 8th Aves)
Screen 8

Sunday, August 1st @ 3:30p
Visual Arts Theater
333 W. 23rd St (bt. 8th & 9th Aves)
Screen 1

Manny Perez
NALIPster's feature picked up for worldwide distribution

By Gregg Kilday, The Hollywood Reporter

7-57 Releasing and partner Markedia Worldwide have picked up U.S. distribution and world sales rights to Josh Crook's action thriller La Soga. Written by [NALIP member] Manny Perez, the film stars Perez and Denise Quinones in the Domican Republic-set tale about a cop seeking justice.

It was produced by Perez, Josh Crook and Jeff Crook. Exec producers are Patrick Pope, Jose Miguel Bonetti, Henry Mu, Celines Toribio, Jesse Scolaro, Allen Bain, Patrick R. Morris, Kate White Morris, Robert G. Morris and Michael Bassick.

A platform theatrical release in the top ten U.S. markets is set for August, along with its rollout in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Antena Latina Films will be handling distribution in the Dominican Republic with Cynthia Wiesner of Wiesner Distribution handling Puerto Rico.

Steven Raphael of Required Viewing and MJ Peckos of Mitropoulos Films will consult on all marketing and distribution elements for the North American theatrical release.

Karina Korenblum is handling international sales for 7-57. 7-57 Releasing, headed by Scolaro and Bain, was founded last year as a joint venture between the 7th Floor and 57th and Irving production companies to distribute films theatrically in North America and handle worldwide sales.


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