Latinos In The Industry


By Marvin V. Acuna
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En route to the Sting concert, I began scanning the news feed on Facebook. The following headline caught my attention: The Contest - NOT a promotion on my video this time.

I clicked on it to read further and it led me to this blog:


For clarity, there are numerous reasons as to why we specifically chose to utilize social media as an important and necessary tool for this contest. To inspire you to step outside your comfort zone was definitely one of them.

Chet Holmes, considered America's #1 Sales and Marketing Executive, believes that the best version of ourselves lies just outside our comfort zone.

Now, whether Keary wins the BOSI contest or not in not relevant because she's already won something much more valuable and, in my humble opinion, profound. For, as Bertrand Russell said so eloquently, "To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom."


Deadline Approaching: ITVS Open Call

The ITVS 2010 Open Call deadline is August 6. ITVS is looking for single public television programs on any subject, viewpoint, or style. They fund programs from all points of view that bring new audiences to public television and expand civic participation by bringing diverse voices into the public sphere. Please note that Open Call does not accept live-action drama (fiction) submissions.

ITVS has provided hundreds of programs to American public television. For this highly competitive fund, a program must feature content that matches the ITVS mission and excels in the art of storytelling

Open Call provides completion funds for single nonfiction public television programs on any subject, and from any viewpoint. Projects must have begun production as evidenced by a work-in-progress video. Open Call funding is only available to independent producers who are citizens or legal residents of the U.S. and its external territories.

Open Call accepts:
- Single programs of standard broadcast length (half-hour or one-hour). In rare cases, when a filmmaker's skills, subject, and story structure warrant it, ITVS will consider programs at feature lengths.
- Works-in-progress (for nonfiction submissions), i.e. projects that have already begun production
- Programs that can be completed within one year of contract

Open Call does not accept:
- Proposals for completed projects seeking distribution
- Series proposals or fictional dramas
- Projects intended solely for theatrical release

There are two funding rounds per year: Aug. 6 is the final deadline for 2010. Applicants may apply with only one project per call. The entire proposal review process takes up to five months. Only one to two percent of Open Call applicants will receive funding. Open Call is not a grant; ITVS provides a co-production investment in the program.

Before you apply:
1. Make sure you are eligible.
2. Review what they're looking for and make sure your project matches our programming needs.
3. Find out what to expect after you apply and if your film gets selected.
4. Read the instructions in how to apply very carefully. Unfortunately, incomplete applications cannot be reviewed.
5. Gather the information you need for completing the cover sheet.

Good luck!

Deadline Approaching: Loisaida Cortos Latino Film Festival

The submission deadline is approaching for the Loisaida Cortos Latino Film Festival (LCLFF), the 9th annual outdoor festival in New York!

Beginning with the main screening in New York City's Lower East Side at the end of each summer, followed by additional screenings at select domestic and international locations throughout the year, LCLFF continues its tradition of producing magical nights consisting of high quality short films, set off by a balance of photography and vibrant live performances.

Just like the Latinos represented in this festival, LCLFF is a multi-media art mosaic, focusing on short films with an audience reaching out from all corners of the world.

Be part of our experience and submit your materials to the 9th annual LCLFF by July 31, 2010! Please join us at being kind to our environment with our new submission options.

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Deadline Approaching: Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles

The 3rd annual Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles (DFFLA) will be held in venues throughout downtown Los Angeles, Sept. 8-12.

The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2010.

With "Urban WILDLife" as its theme, the 2010 edition of the annual event will focus on delivering a different "downtown experience" every day across five days and evenings.

For more information and to submit, visit

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Natalia Almada
NALIPster receives grant for new doc El Jardin

NALIP member Natalia Almada (LPA 2003, Estela) has been awarded a grant by Chicken & Egg Pictures as part of their 2010 Spring Open Call. Chicken & Egg Pictures is a hybrid film fund and non-profit production company dedicated to supporting women filmmakers.

The grant was awarded to Natalie Almada for her film El Jardin (working title), currently in post-prodution. El Jardin is a portrait of a cemetery in the drug heartland of Mexico. Since the war on drugs began in 2007, the cemetery has doubled in size and the mausoleums have doubled in height creating a skyline that looks like a fantastical surrealist city more than a resting place for the deceased. Here, the lives of the cemetery workers and families of the victims, guilty and innocent, intersect in the shadow of this bloody conflict that has claimed over 23,000 lives.

Announcements of Special Funding Initiative

Chicken & Egg Pictures is partnering with the Rooftop Filmmakers' Fund for a second year to provide a grant for a short film by a woman filmmaker.

The Rooftop Films / Chicken & Egg Women Filmmakers' Short Film Grant will award one $6,000 grant to a female director and match that director with a veteran filmmaker as a mentor or collaborator with a schedule that reflects the filmmaker's experience and needs. Equipment and utilities are also available to the filmmakers, courtesy of Rooftop Films.

The application process is now open and applications are due August 3, 2010. Every filmmaker who has ever screened at Rooftop Films, or who has ever applied for a grant in previous open calls, or received support from Chicken & Egg Pictures is eligible. Instructions on how to apply are available online here.

About Chicken & Egg Pictures
Now in its fifth year of operation, with over $1.5 million in grants and over 3,000 mentorship hours provided to women filmmakers, Chicken & Egg Pictures is indeed ''incubating and hatching all at once.''

Founded in 2005 by award-winning independent producer/directors Julie Parker Benello, Wendy Ettinger and Judith Helfand, Chicken & Egg Pictures nurtures and supports women filmmakers whose diverse voices represent a range of lived experiences and realities that have the power to change the world as we know it. This unique hybrid of a film fund, philanthropic organization and ''hands-with'' production entity matches strategically-timed financial support with rigorous, respectful and dynamic mentorship, creative collaboration and community-building opportunities.


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