Latinos In The Industry

Attention All Filmmakers! Latino Media Market Postmark Deadline Only 9 Days Away

Are you a filmmaker ready to jumpstart your career?!?

Do you have a project ready to pitch for funding or distribution?

Don't miss the NALIP 2010: NAVIGATING IN A SEA OF CHANGE National Conference and the Latino Media Market™ held at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, Santa Monica, CA on April 9-11, 2010.

Our 6th annual Latino Media Market™ is an executive meeting series for select projects to have scheduled pitches, presentations and meetings with industry executives, funders, distributors, commissioning editors, representatives, and potential partners. We are accepting applications for the following categories:
• Low Budget Features in Development & Pre-Production
• Si TV - Pitching Non-Scripted TV Programming
• Completed Films Seeking Distribution
• Documentaries Works in Progress

The Latino Media Market's goal is simple: to connect you to people who can help, mentor, advise, fund, option, or move you to the next step of your project. With the support of the NEA and CPB, we have introduced select filmmakers to top executives from such companies as HBO Films, Screen Gems, Participant, Warner Bros., P.O.V./American Documentary, Universal, 20th Century Fox, Maya Pictures, Paramount, Showtime Networks, CPB, SiTV, LATV and more.

The Latino Media Market™ is a unique place to find great Latino/a talent, and a great stepping-stone for participating filmmakers as they advance their projects and careers!!

Don't let this unique opportunity pass you by; the postmark deadline is February 13 - only 9 days away!!

CLICK HERE to download your application!

Questions? Please contact Amanda Hernandez at (310) 395-8880 or

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: What Makes A Good Film 'Package'?

Stacey Parks is an expert in the area of independent film distribution, with over 15 years experience working with independent film producers. Click on Talk Back to discuss this article with other NALIPsters

If you've ever gone out and tried to raise financing for your film before you know how important your film's 'package' can be. Packaging a script for financing is a big BIG job and often takes the work of more than one person on your team (and the task is often outsourced to a consultant). The good news is that Packaging TODAY is much more creative than Packaging was even a year ago. Meaning... as independent producers you have much more latitude these days with what is actually considered to be a package...

It used to be that you needed A-list stars and an A-list director and that's all that anyone ever cared about when deciding whether to give your project the time of day or not. Don't get me wrong, Cast + Director are still the most important elements of your package. BUT, nowadays, potential financiers and partners also look at other things when considering whether or not to come on board.


Call for Submissions: IFP's Independent Filmmaker Lab for Documentary Features

IFP's 2010 Independent Filmmaker Labs is accepting applications for the Documentary Lab, held April 12-16, 2010 in New York City. IFP's Independent Filmmaker Labs is the only program in the U.S. supporting first-time feature directors at the crucial rough cut/post production stage, playing a pivotal role in helping emerging filmmakers realize the full potential of their stories. Through five days of workshops, mentorship, and creative guidance on their project, Lab filmmakers gain editorial feedback, assess strategic partnerships & marketing opportunities, and evaluate their options for maximizing the reach of their film via festivals, traditional theatrical roll-outs or through innovative, DIY distribution methods.

Application Deadline: February 12, 2010
Criteria and online application available at

Ten documentary projects are selected for this free year-long Lab fellowship which, includes the five-day Lab in New York City, one-on-one mentorship with industry innovators, and during IFP's Independent Film Week in September - pre-scheduled meetings with potential buyers, sales agents and festival programmers and inclusion in a Lab "Sneak Preview" Showcase presentation.

Recent Lab projects include Geralyn Pezanoski's MINE (Film Movement, Independent Lens). Vanessa Gould's BETWEEN THE FOLDS (Independent Lens), Matt Wolf's WILD COMBINATION (Plexifilm, Sundance Channel), and Ngawang Choephel's TIBET IN SONG (Sundance 2009, Special Jury Award).

As a commitment to diversity, IFP seeks to ensure that at least 50% of participating projects have an inclusive range of races, genders, sexual orientations, ethnicities and physical abilities in key creative positions.

Deadline Approaching: Truly CA's Season 6

The deadline is approaching for KQED Public Television's Truly CA Season 6 Call For Entries. Through one call for entry each year, KQED's Truly CA: Our State, Our Stories reaches out to the independent film community throughout the state to find completed or nearly completed feature-length documentaries. Truly CA films must be about California in some way - not just taking place in California. The films must also be primarily shot in California, and preferably made by California's talented, independent, documentary filmmakers.

The deadline to submit your feature-length documentary to KQED's offices is 5pm, February 10, 2010. This is not a postmark deadline.

Read the guidelines, frequently asked questions, and download a submission form at:

  SXSW 2010 Fest Competition Rosters Unveiled
(indieWIRE) - The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival unveiled its complete lineup, with 119 features set to screen during the nine day fest, which overlaps with the popular music and interactive events at SXSW. FULL STORY

Oscar Noms for Latinos
(Latin Heat Online) - Among the over 130 nominees announced on Tuesday for the 82nd Academy Awards, five are Latinos whose nominations came in the producer, actor, foreign film and short film (animated) categories. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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From the Editor
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NALIPster's doc feature premiering at SXSW

War Don Don, a feature length documentary by Rebecca Richman Cohen - produced and edited by NALIP member and Oscar Nominee Francisco Bello (LPA 2007) - is having its World Premiere in competition at the 2010 South By Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival this March in Austin, Texas.

With unprecedented access behind the lines at an international war crimes tribunal, War Don Don is a fascinating courtroom drama beautifully crafted by a team of Oscar and Emmy Nominated filmmakers.

Prosecutors say Issa Sesay is a war criminal, guilty of crimes against humanity. His defenders say he is a reluctant fighter who protected civilians and played a crucial role in bringing peace. In Sierra Leone, the war is over, but a sensational trial begins.


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