Latinos In The Industry

NALIP Discount for WESTDOC 2010

No single LA based event has focused exclusively on the non-fiction and reality community. WESTDOC brings together the top producers, directors, executives, agents and distributors in the non-fiction film and reality television industry. Interact with the people who can greenlight your show or give you insight into launching your career in this ever-expanding corner of the entertainment business.

Award winning documentary filmmaker Chuck Braverman and Non-fiction distributor Richard Propper kept meeting up at documentary conferences on the East Coast for years. Back in L.A., Chuck kept asking Richard (President of Intl. Documentary Association at the time), why there weren't any good conferences on West Coast for this segment of the industry. A good question. In 2009 they launched the first WESTDOC with over 30 panels and more than 100 speakers. Keynote speakers included RJ Cutler and Thom Beers.

"When we decided to produce the WESTDOC Conference, we wanted to organize panels with subjects that were relevant, informative, and even a little fun. We wanted to get the broadcasters talking in both large and small rooms, a little more relaxed than at other conferences, and a lot more accessible. We wanted to have a live pitching session that was filled with good pitches and an energetic atmosphere. We did all of that and more."

WESTDOC is ONE comprehensive event for THREE days of panels, seminars, pitching, and networking events. WESTDOC features two professional interest areas -- The Documentary Village and The Reality Village - with attendees able to select from both arenas at any time. More than 30 panels dedicated to the creation, development, and distribution of content. In addition; two on-going break-out smaller sessions: THE SIT-DOWN. Broadcaster overviews from networks outlining their needs today and tomorrow. FACE TIME. One-on-one meetings with the network executives you want to pitch to.


Got an idea? Can you pitch a room full of Broadcast Executives in front of a live audience? Check out PitchFest. If you've attended TDF or IDFA's Pitching Forum, you know how exciting the live audience format is. Pitches include a short work in progress video and verbal presentation. PitchFest categories are Documentary and Reality, one-offs and series. Ask anyone who attended last year - PitchFest was the highlight of WESTDOC. Submissions for PitchFest are being accepted through July 15th.

We are extending to the NALIP membership at a discounted rate of 10% off the listed registration price. Early birds rates will go up after May 31st.

Please use code: NALIP2010

Deadline Extended: 2010 Imagen Awards

The Imagen Foundation has extended the entry period for submissions for the 2010 Imagen Awards until Monday, May 24th.

This year The Imagen Foundation will celebrate "25 Years of Making a Difference." The event is scheduled for Sunday, August 15th at the Century Plaza Hotel.

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:

All entries must be postmarked by May 24th, 2010. For questions regarding submissions please email Helen at

NALIP Discount for Cine Gear Expo

Cine Gear Expo will be held June 3-6, 2010 at The Studios at Paramount, Hollywood, CA. Cine Gear Expo, in its 14th year is the premier film, video, digital media expo and conference for the entertainment industry.

Free Exhibit Pass Registration through May 28th
Premier seminars are complimentary. Seating is limited.
Register to attend, purchase conference packages & screening tickets and for a schedule of events go to:

NALIP Member Discount 15% on any seminars and screenings. Code: NALIP2010

Car-eoke to win American Idol Season Finale Tickets

Calling all Angelenos (and tourists too!) to bring their musical talent this Friday, May 21, to help kick off the American Idol finale week. Former contestant, Alex Lambert will perform and host a "Car-eoke" a cappella singing competition where the grand prize is a pair of tickets to the show's season finale on Wednesday, May 26.

WHEN: May 21, 2010; 12:30 - 2:00 PM

WHERE: The Hollywood Blvd. sidewalk located in front of the Hollywood & Highland Center Grand Staircase and Kodak Theater Arch (in front of the Kodak Theater). 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood CA 90028.

All participants of "Car-eoke" will have the chance to face the judging panel comprised of Kara Killmer from the ground-breaking global entertainment platform "If I Can Dream", and two, LA-based Ford Fiesta agents who have developed strong fan bases in the music industry. The winner of the competition will be selected by the judges on site.

"Car-eoke" will take place next to Ford's newest small car, the Ford Fiesta. The Fiesta features an eye-catching design, great technologies and fuel economy of 40 mpg - plus, it's already a star: the Fiesta plays a key role in this season's American Idol music videos and in the ground-breaking entertainment platform "If I can Dream."

IFP Presents Think Outside the Box Office Workshop

IFP presents Think Outside the Box Office workshop with Jon Reiss, June 5 and 6 at New York Film Academy, Union Square, NYC. The critically-acclaimed director of BOMB IT! and distribution expert and author will present a step-by-step guide into the Dynamic New World of Hybrid Distribution and Marketing.

Day One goes over how to create a distribution strategy and marketing plan unique to your film, the various available markets for your film's release, how and why to engage your audience as early as possible, digital rights, and more. It ends with a networking happy hour with industry reps.

Day Two discusses advertising campaigns, and transmedia platforms, as well as live workshopping of a few films.

Special guest speakers include Lance Weiler (THE WORKBOOK PROJECT) and Caitlin Boyle (FILM SPROUT).

Finally, all attendees get a DVD-ROM toolkit to take with them.

Tickets are only $150 for the weekend for IFP members and NALIP members.

Also, to get your FREE COMMUNITY MEMBERSHIP to IFP (worth $35), sign up as here: and type in the code FORG10

For more information, click here:

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Jobs & Opportunities

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

Casting: Independent Feature (NYC)
Looking for Latino gay male & transgender [male to female] for Gun Hill Road, an independent feature, shooting July-August in NYC. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

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NALIPster's film Go For It! screening at Dances With Films

NALIP member Carmen Marron's film Go For It!, a multicultural dance drama, is premiering in Los Angeles at the Dances With Films Festival on Sunday, June 6 at the Laemmle Sunset 5. Tickets are available now at: Check out the teaser at


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