Latinos In The Industry

Deadline Approaching: 2010 Imagen Awards

The submission deadline is approaching for the Imagen Foundation's 2010 Imagen Awards. This year Imagen will be celebrating "25 Years of making a difference" at the annual awards ceremony which is scheduled for Sunday August 29, 2010.

Categories include film, television, the internet, student films/shorts, documentaries as well as others.

The Call for Entry as well as the official entry form can be downloaded from the Imagen website at:

Deadline for submissions is May 14, 2010.

For questions or more information, please call 626-376-9751 or email:

Call for Entries: Council on Foundations' 44th Annual Film & Video Festival

The Council on Foundations and Grantmakers in Film + Electronic Media (GFEM) are seeking submissions of films and videos for the Council on Foundations' 44th Annual Film & Video Festival, to be held April 10-12, 2011, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Deadline: June 25, 2010


The festival showcases films, videos, and television programs that have received support from foundations, corporate giving programs, and donor networks with the aim of encouraging grantmakers to use media to advance their philanthropic goals. The festival promotes foundation support of creative, high-quality productions that expand the boundaries of the use of media for the social good.

Submissions may target local, state, regional, national, and international audiences. The committee will give special consideration to projects that demonstrate innovative strategies for distribution, outreach, public education, and civic engagement such as multi-platform distribution through websites, social networking, or mobile applications; distribution through schools, libraries, or the meetings and conferences of nonprofit organizations; or other comprehensive distribution/engagement plans.


To be eligible, projects must have received full or partial funding for production, distribution, and/or outreach from a private, community, operating, or corporate foundation; a corporate giving program; or a donor network. The grantmaker does not have to be a member of the Council or GFEM. The Council will not consider submissions that have been funded solely by public agencies or federal or state grants. The films and videos must have been completed within the two years prior to June 25, 2010. Works may be of any length-from feature length to a brief public service announcement. They can be dramatic narrative or documentary. No works in progress will be considered. All submission forms, DVDs, and entry fees must be received by June 25, 2010.


Organizations and filmmakers may submit as many film and video projects as they wish. For each submission, the Council must receive the following by June 25, 2010:
- The submission form, completed online at
- Print a copy of your form before you submit it electronically.
- Five printed copies of the submission form, along with five DVD copies of your film.
- A check in the amount of $60 payable to the Council on Foundations for each submission. This fee helps cover a portion of the program's administrative expenses.

DVD submission instructions:
- Do not include more than one project on a single DVD.
- Films in languages other than English must have subtitles or be dubbed.
- DVDs must be formatted in Region 0 or 1.
- If submitting a film from a multi-part series, submit only one episode, up to 90 minutes, that stands on its own.

Projects may be submitted by filmmakers, project directors, sponsors, or funding sources. If possible, the person or organization submitting the work should provide published reviews of the work, articles about the project or funders, and promotional and outreach materials, such as stills, brochures, press releases, etc.

The Council on Foundations can only be responsible for the safety of your work while it's in our possession-from the time it arrives at the Council's offices to the time it is returned to you. If damage or loss occurs during this time frame, the Council will compensate you for the DVD(s) lost or damaged. Please do not submit original materials. Please direct questions to Evelyn Gibson at


Projects will be reviewed by a program curator and a diverse screening committee consisting of grantmakers, filmmakers, and media users. Projects will be judged, partially, on the quality of the storytelling and the film's production values. Foundations are interested in films that can be used to bring attention to important issues, introduce audiences to new or unfamiliar cultures, or provide new information including ideas that counter-balance conventional thinking. In addition to a film's content, therefore, fifty-percent of the judging will be based on the quality of a project's outreach or audience engagement plan.

Approximately 15 films are selected to be in the festival and, of those, 2 films are presented with the Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Film & Digital Media. Named in honor of a man who broke traditional molds of documentary filmmaking and put excellence and innovation at the forefront of his work, the Henry Hampton Award honors the very best in foundation-funded media.

If your film or video is selected for the festival, it will be promoted to funders and screened during the Council on Foundations' Annual Conference, the Fall Conference for Community Foundations, and the Family Philanthropy Conference. Only the winners of the Henry Hampton Award, however, will be invited to attend the Annual Conference. A short clip will also be shown on the Council's Film & Video Festival website at


Formed in 1949, the Council on Foundations is a nonprofit membership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations. Members of the Council include more than 2,100 independent, operating, community, public and company-sponsored foundations, and corporate giving programs in the United States and abroad. The Council's mission is to provide the opportunity, leadership, and tools needed by philanthropic organizations to expand, enhance, and sustain their ability to advance the common good. Visit the Council's website at


GFEM is an association of grantmakers committed to advancing the field of media arts and public interest media funding. It serves as a resource for grantmakers who fund media content, infrastructure, and policy, as well as for those who employ media to further their program goals. GFEM members reflect a wide range of interests and approaches, but share a common interest in the key role media play in building public will and shaping civil society. GFEM is an affinity group of the Council on Foundations. For more information please visit

Deadline Approaching: IDA DocuWeeks

DocuWeeks helps to qualify outstanding new feature and short documentaries for Academy Award consideration, by providing its participants with a seven-day commercial theatrical run in Los Angeles County and in the Borough of Manhattan. Per Academy requirements, shorts will screen in only one location, either in the County of Los Angeles or in the Borough of Manhattan.

Enter Now! Final Deadline is Next Week: May 11, 2010

14th Annual DocuWeeks Theatrical Documentary Showcases
Los Angeles & New York City - August 2010
(Specific dates TBA, all screenings completed by August 19, 2010)

Read more about Requirements, Screening Options, Co-op Fees, Revenue Sharing, and Digital Cinema Packages here.
To apply for IDA's DocuWeeks please use the online submission process at

For complete information about Academy Awards consideration, please see the 83rd Academy Awards Special Rules for Documentary Awards (Rule Twelve) for complete eligibility and application requirements. Read Rule Twelve here. Each filmmaker is responsible for submitting the Academy Awards application. IDA will provide the filmmaker with proof of advertisement, guide listings and theatrical runs for submission to the Academy prior to the Academy deadline.

Submission deadlines and fees:

Entry must be made on by 11:59pm May 11, 2010.
Late (FINAL) Deadline: May 11, 2010 $250.00

Applicants will be notified in mid-June if selected to participate. Entry fee is NON-REFUNDABLE.

Call for Entries: LA Shorts Fest

14th LA Shorts Fest - the largest short film festival in the world. Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences accredited. In past years, 33 participants have earned Academy Award nominations including 11 Oscar winning short films! The Festival annually attracts more than 7,000 moviegoers, filmmakers and entertainment professionals looking for the hottest new talent.

Deadline: May 14, 2010
Submit online

Latin Horror Presents "The HORRORphiles #5 - SANGRE" (NYC)

LATIN HORROR, in association with NEWFILMMAKERS, cordially invite you to a special CINCO DE MAYO edition of the NewLatino Filmmakers Screening Series: "The HORRORphiles #5 - SANGRE," featuring the work of emerging Latino/a directors working within the genre of horror. Have an ice-cold Margarita or straight-up shot of tequila on us during the reception! Q&A with filmmakers in attendance immediately following final program.

Sponsored by ParaCinema and MAYA Entertainment

When: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 ~ 6:00-9:30PM
Where: Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue at Second Street, Lower East Side, NYC

6:00PM - Reception
7:00PM - Narrative Shorts Program
8:00PM - Narrative Feature
Series Director/Curator: NALIP member and former Board Member Edwin Pagan (LPA 2008)

Short Film Line-up:
* "MONSTER JOB HUNTER" - Directed by Yehudi Mercado [LPA 2008]
* "ZOMBIES AND CIGARETTES" - Directed Rafa Martinez
* "NAVE #527" - Directed by Ivan Castell
* "MONSTROUS NATURE" - Directed by Jason Cuadrado
* "GARDEN OF THE NAMELESS" - Directed by David Covo

Trailer Spotlight:
* "ATTACK OF THE 30 FOOT CHOLA" - Kieron Estrada
* "LA CASA MUDA" - Directed by Gustavo Hernandez

Feature Presentation:

* "BAJO LA SAL" - Directed by Mario Munoz [watch trailer]


LATIN HORROR (LH) is the first English-language publication dedicated to the genre of Latin horror and will feature the leading Latin/Hispanic/international "dark creative expressionists" working in film, theater, music, photography, illustration, graphic novels, "dark art" novelas, comic books, literature, and games--from the seasoned masters--to the up-and-coming Latin horrorphile whose work is grounded in horror, the macabre, and gothic arts.

  90-Second Cinema: "El General"
(MediaRights) - In El General, Natalia Almada seeks to disentangle some of the complex mythologies of her native Mexico via that country’s last “caudillo,” President Plutarco Elias Calle (nicknamed “El General” of the film’s title). FULL STORY AND VIDEO

Spanish Films Defy Crisis of Confidence
(The Australian) - The 13th Spanish Film Festival is particularly strong, with a diverse line-up of genres and filmmakers including new films from Alejandro Amenabar (Agora) and Julio Medem (Room in Rome) and a swag of films by female directors. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

From the Editor
Alex Mendoza
Alex Mendoza & Associates
AMARTE Design & Digital Printing
9513 Longden Avenue
Temple City, CA 91780

1323 Lincoln Blvd., #220
Santa Monica, CA 90401

DOING YOUR DOC in San Diego, May 7-9

Join us in San Diego, California, May 7-9 for our NALIP signature program Doing Your Doc: Diverse Visions, Regional Voices. Don't miss this unique chance to work with story consultant Fernanda Rossi, the Documentary Doctor, author of the book "Trailer Mechanics," plus receive project mentoring on your proposal, trailer or documentary idea.

Register online here for DOING YOUR DOC - SAN DIEGO

This intensive 3-day workshop is right for you, whether you are just beginning, have already shot footage on a documentary project, or are seeking finishing funds. Click here for more information!

Esau Melendez
NALIPster's film wins Best Doc at Chicago Latino Film Fest.

NALIP member Esau Melendez's film Immigrant Nation!: The Battle For The Dream won the audience award for Best Documentary from the Chicago Latino Film Festival. The filmmakers want to thank everyone that came to their first screenings. The presentations were sold out days before the showing and most of the audience stayed for an engaging Q&A at the end of the screenings, getting nothing but great feedback from everyone.

The filmmakers are now getting ready for more screenings in May in Arizona. The film will screen in Tucson at the LOFT Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd, at 10 am on Saturday, May 15. Come out and support!

They will take this story of struggle to the hearts of the people in Arizona and let them experience how an organized movement, with people of all colors and religions stopped HR4437 back in 2006 and gave the Democratic Party the power in the House and Senate. Now, people in Arizona are facing SB 1070, a new form of racial discrimination law. We will do our part and it will be NOW.

For those who missed this experience at the Chicago Latino Film Festival, please go to the film's website for the listing of future screenings.

Francisco Bello
NALIPster wins Karen Schmeer Award for Excellence in Documentary Editing

NALIP member Francisco Bello (LPA 2007) has won the Independent Film Festival of Boston's (IFFB) first annual Karen Schmeer Award for Excellence in Documentary Editing for his work on the film, War Don Don.

The award was established by the IFFBoston in honor of the life and work of the great film editor Karen Schmeer, who died in a tragic accident earlier this year. Schmeer was known for her ongoing collaboration with Errol Morris (Fast, Cheap & Out of Control and the Oscar-winning The Fog of War), and her work on other films like My Father, The Genius, The Same River Twice, Sydney Pollack's Sketches of Frank Gehry, and Greg Barker's Sergio, for which she won the 2009 Sundance Film Festival Best Editing Award.

In addition to IFFBoston's award, the Karen Schmeer Editing Fellowship has been established by friends and colleagues of Karen's to honor her memory and spirit. The fellowship is a year-long experience that provides opportunities to help cultivate an editor's artistry and craft and to expand his or her professional and creative community. To find out more about the fellowship and to make a tax-deductible contribution, please go to

Adam Schlachter
Trailer for NALIPster's new film now online

NALIP member Adam Schlachter (LPA 2004, LWL 2003) has released a sneak peek of his upcoming motion picture. Logline: struggling artists in Los Angeles compromise their identities and souls in search of their dreams and passions. Click here to view the preview on YouTube.


Contact us at to post news, announcements, business data or job postings.

To SUBSCRIBE send an email to

to UNSUBSCRIBE send an email to

The Latinos in the Industry e-Newsletter is a free service provided by the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) with the generous assistance of Alex Mendoza & Associates (AMA) in an "as-is" basis for the education and information of users only. NALIP and/or AMA, their principal(s), employees, agents or representatives shall under no circumstances be liable for any loss or damage, including, but not limited to, loss of profits, goodwill or indirect or consequential loss arising out of any use of or inaccuracies in the information. All warranties expressed or implied are excluded to the fullest extent permissible by law. All comments and postings, including those by the Editor, are the responsibility of those individuals posting and no endorsement by NALIP and/or AMA should be inferred. Referral links and individual e-mail forwarding are permitted. NALIP reserves the right to withdraw or delete information or to discontinue this service at any time. All quoted, linked and/or referred information, as well as all copyrights and trademarks, are the property of their respective holders, used here under license and/or "fair-use" rules. © NALIP.