Latinos In The Industry

2010 LPA Application Now Available for August Program in Santa Fe, NM

NALIP's 2010 Latino Producers Academy™ is now accepting applications for the August program in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Latino Producers Academy™ provides our Fellows with the practical skills and knowledge to accomplish their personal goals and realize their artistic dreams as filmmakers.

The 2010 LPA includes a hands-on curriculum for Producers at all stages of their professional development. Documentaries in post-production will have the opportunity to re-cut and score sequences with intensive mentoring on their rough cuts and completion plans. Feature projects with directors will work with crews and casts to rehearse, shoot, cut and score scenes from their upcoming production. Documentary and Feature projects in development will benefit from comprehensive skills development with an opportunity to return with a rough cut or director in a future year.

2010 Latino Producers Academy™
August 3 - 12, 2010 (Documentary Track) Santa Fe, New Mexico
August 10 - 20, 2010 (Feature Track) Santa Fe, New Mexico
Application Deadline - Wednesday, May 26th
Download the application here.

This program is competitive and highly selective. It is open exclusively to NALIP members, and only to filmmakers with produced work on which they played a key creative role. All accepted Fellows are invited on full scholarship: materials, lodging, meals and local transportation provided by our supporters, plus honoraria for documentary editors. Travel to Santa Fe, New Mexico is the responsibility of the Fellows.

Don't miss this chance to apply for one of NALIP's most appreciated and respected programs. Click here to see movies of highlights from the 2009 LPA, as well as samples of the work done there. Questions? Call Octavio Marin, LPA Program Director at 310.395.8880

Click here to visit the LPA webpage and download an application.

Call for Entries: Independent Film Week (NYC)

Independent Film Week is the oldest and largest forum in the U.S. for the discovery of new projects in development and new voices on the independent film scene. The Project Forum is a meetings-driven forum connecting filmmakers who have new narrative and documentary projects with key industry executives interested in identifying projects with which to become involved at the financing or distribution stage.

Don't miss this opportunity to connect with industry professionals - including producers, funders, distributors, broadcasters, sales agents and festival programmers. The Project Forum also furthers filmmaker and industry interaction with opportunities for networking at social events throughout the week.

Now accepting applications for all three sections: Emerging Narrative (for writers and writer/directors seeking producers and agents to develop, produce, represent and finance their scripts), No Borders (for U.S. and international producers with partial financing on new narrative projects seeking additional partners), Spotlight on Documentaries (for U.S. filmmakers with projects in production or post-production seeking financing partners, broadcast/distribution opportunities, and festival invitations.)

Deadlines vary by section
- from April 23 (for Emerging Narrative) to May 21 (for No Borders and Spotlight on Documentaries). For deadline schedule, criteria for all sections, and online applications, click

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Jobs & Opportunities

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

Casting: Child Actor for Short Film
Casting 5-7 year old protagonist (female or male) for a Public Announcement advocating for immigrant children's rights. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

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Daniel Eduvijes Carrera
NALIPster awarded prestigious Fulbright Grant

NALIP member and former Membership Coordinator Daniel Eduvijes Carrera has been awarded a Fulbright Grant to research and develop his debut feature film Invoking Dolores. A participant in the 2009 Latino Media Market, Invoking Dolores relates the supernatural story of a novice priest who, in performing an exorcism upon his estranged brother, is faced with a shocking truth-and the demon of his own conscience. The earliest drafts of this script were written with the support of the 2008 Rockefeller Foundation/Tribeca Film Institute Media Artist Grant.

In the spirit of Daniel's short film, Primera Comunion which won over 20 awards world-wide including accolades from the DGA, the Imagen Foundation, and the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, Invoking Dolores is a gothic exploration of religious faith, Catholic guilt and sexual desire set amid the unique superstitions of rural Mexico. Daniel intends to showcase a fully developed script to producers and investors by the spring of 2011.

This year's US Student Fulbright Program in the Americas is one of the most highly competitive in the world. Fulbright Alumni have garnered over 40 Nobel Prizes, becoming heads of state, ambassadors, CEO's, and university presidents as well as artists in fulfilling the Fulbright mission of increasing intercultural understanding since the program's inception more than 60 years ago.

View the trailer online for Daniel's award-winning film, Primera Comunion. Or click here to email Daniel directly.

Click here to learn more about the Fulbright program.

Francisco Bello
NALIPster's Academy Award Nominated short doc now on YouTube

The Academy Award Nominated documentary short Salim Baba, produced by NALIP member Francisco Bello (LPA 2007), has gone live on YouTube! This is the first time the film is available in full for free and online. It's on for a limited time so please enjoy, share with your friends and help spread the word. Click here to watch Salim Baba.

Salim Muhammad is a 55-year-old man who lives in North Kolkata with his wife and five children. Since the age of ten he has made a living screening discarded film scraps for the kids in his surrounding neighborhoods using a hand-cranked projector that he inherited from his father. A pragmatic businessman as well as a cinephile, Salim runs his projector with his sons in the hopes that they will carry on his legacy of showing films to the local children.


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