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Dear Members of the NALIP Community,

We are proud to have served hundreds of filmmakers on their paths to production, distribution, and Latino storytelling in 2009. We were thrilled to welcome so many of you to our 10th anniversary conference in April, and we are excited to unveil our planning for NALIP 2010 next spring. We have the best documentary and narrative projects ever developed at NALIP on our 2009 LPA site. And they have a lot of competition, with the fantastic 7 years of program alums who have gone into production and distribution this year, finished screenplays, gotten great jobs, and received commitments for national broadcast in 2009, including Lillian Jimenez's ANTONIA PANTOJA! PRESENTE! and Kristy Guevara- Flanagan/Dawn Valadez's GOING ON 13.

We are proud to have survived a severe economic downturn, and the great recession in support for the arts, for diversity, and for Latino media. We are here to say: we will continue into our 11th year in 2010, with more great programs and offerings for our community.

But we need your help. This is the season of charitable giving because donations to causes in which you believe are deductible on your tax returns. They feel good. And they really matter to those of us who run non-profit arts organizations. We cannot survive on grants and corporate sponsorships, alone. We need your invaluable donations and show of support.

Please GIVE TO NALIP as part of your holiday celebration. Please show us and our sponsors that you value what we do, and where we are going. Please support the filmmakers who have stories to tell, skills to learn, and careers to launch. Or show thanks for the way NALIP has supported you.

And in the spirit of Holiday Discounts, did you know that you can join NALIP FOR LIFE, usually a $1000 cost, for just $800 through Feb. 1, 2010? Click HERE to do that today - you can even pay over time, and still be recognized in a special section of Lifetime Members who really believe in more images by and about Latinos Everywhere you see Media!

Best wishes for a lovely holiday and creative New Year,
Kathryn F. Galan
Executive Director

Univision to Make Its Own Telenovelas for U.S. TV

By Brian Stelter, The New York Times

Univision, the nation's highest-rated Spanish language television network, plans to announce on Monday the formation of a dedicated studio division and the hiring of an experienced producer to run it.

The move reflects Univision's effort to produce and own more of its programs. For years virtually all of the network's hugely popular serialized soap operas, called telenovelas, have been imported from other countries under a deal with the Mexican media giant Televisa. Over time, the studio will allow Univision to reduce its dependence on overseas producers.

In an interview, Univision Networks' president, Cesar Conde, called the creation of Univision Studios a "monumental step forward" for Spanish language television in the United States.

Univision already produces variety shows, game shows and newscasts from a complex in Miami. The formation of a studio "is going to allow us to expand into telenovelas, reality shows, dramas and the like," Mr. Conde said.

Mr. Conde said Univision had a "two-pronged programming strategy" with the imports and the stateside programs. The imports from Televisa have been a source of tension in recent years; last January the companies settled a four-year breach of contract lawsuit filed by Televisa. Its exclusive deal with Univision is in effect for eight more years, a Univision spokeswoman said.

The Univision Studios president will be Luis Fernandez, a longtime Spanish TV producer, who most recently ran RTVE in Spain. In 2005 Mr. Fernandez produced for Univision the network's first drama that was not a soap opera in the United States, "Al Filo de la Ley," Spanish for "At the Edge of the Law," about a Los Angeles law firm that handled immigration, discrimination and other cases.

In an interview, Mr. Fernandez called the position "a very good opportunity in fictional entertainment." He starts work on Monday. Univision did not say when the first productions from the studio would be broadcast.

About 35 million people speak Spanish in the United States, and Univision is watched by about 3.5 million of them on an average night, making it the nation's dominant Spanish language network.

The new studio division may help Univision in its competition with the lower-rated Telemundo network, a unit of NBC Universal. When Comcast announced its plan to acquire a majority stake in NBC last week, it said it intended to expand Telemundo's reach through broadcast and on-demand outlets.

Latino Screenplay Competition Announces Winners

The Latino Screenplay Competition (LSC) is proud to announce the winners of the 4th Annual Latino Screenplay Competition. All screenplays were judged in the categories of Plot, Dialogue, Characterization, Originality, Pacing, Latino Merit and Commercial Viability. It is the goal of the competition to discover commercially viable screenplays that promote increased visibility of Latino-themed screenplays in the American market.

In addition to our main awards, this year we presented the Final Draft International Promise Award, which was introduced in 2008. The award highlights a rising international talent in the craft of screenwriting. The Martha Munoz Award, a special award created by the LSC, honors a screenplay that presents a unique portrayal of the Latino struggle.

Thank you to all of the screenwriters that applied to the competition this year. We enjoyed reading your work and look forward to reading more in 2010 as we continue our pursuit of discovering the best Latino-themed screenplays around the world.

Our annually produced handbook THE BEST LATINO-THEMED SCREENPLAYS OF THE YEAR will be available for download and in hard copy by 02/01/2010. Please email to request a copy. The 2010 cycle will be open for submissions in March of 2010.

LSC sponsors include Final Draft, Robert McKee's Story Seminar, Book Soup Bookstore, Script Buddy, Michael Wiese Productions and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP).


The Best Latino-Themed Feature Screenplay: SEPARATION by Guillermo F. Navarro
The Best Latino-Themed Short Script: THE NIGHTWATCH by Robert Fente & Armando Fente Jr.
The Martha Munoz Award: TIJUANA ZEBRA by David Wendelman
LSC Honorable Mention: 1000 by Javier Robles
FINAL DRAFT International Promise Award: LAS NINAS by Laura Astorga

The 2009 Finalists: FEATURE-LENGTH
| L'ORFEO by Eduardo A. Garcia | OVER ALL OF SPAIN, THE SKY IS CLEAR by Gergana Mellin | THE ARRANGEMENT by Christine Rodriguez | FIGHT by Himkar Tak | A SPLENDID FURY by Andres Anglade|

The 2009 Finalists: SHORTS
| WELCOME TO HARMONY by Dimitri Lazaris | MY CIUDAD by Zack Rukavina & Eddie Jimenez | THE SWAPMEET by Sergio Coronado |

Call for Applications: Graduate Program in Social Documentation

The Soc Doc Program is now accepting applications for the class of 2012!

The UC Santa Cruz Social Documentation Program is a two-year, full-time, graduate-level program within the Community Studies Department leading to a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree. The program offers students a chance to develop expertise in the understanding and production of social documentaries in various mediums, including film/video, audio, and photography. Students learn how to translate various academic interpretations of social life into effective, accessible and professional quality products.

Upon completion of the program, Master of Arts Degree holders will be qualified to enter documentary related professions such as documentary directing, producing or editing. Degree holders may work within industries such as public television, public radio or the documentary film business, as independent producers and artists, or for archival centers or museums. Degree holders may also choose to pursue a PhD in a related field in the Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences.

For details and application information, visit

Almodovar's Latest Gets Golden Globe Nod for Best Foreign Film
(Latin American Herald Tribune) - The latest film from acclaimed Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, "Los Abrazos Rotos" ("Broken Embraces"), received a Golden Globe nomination for best foreign film. Spain's Penelope Cruz was nominated for best supporting actress for her role in the musical comedy "Nine." FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

From the Editor
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Calling all Puerto Rico Filmmakers: DOING YOUR DOC in San Juan, Feb. 5-7

If you took the trailer/sample tape workshop with story consultant Fernanda Rossi, the Documentary Doctor, you can now benefit from her invaluable workshop on story structure from Feb. 5-7. For the first time in Puerto Rico, Fernanda Rossi will teach "Doctoring your Doc: How to Structure your Doc." This is paired with a personal free appointment for mentoring on YOUR full work Sunday: trailer, short, rough-cut and/or proposal; scheduled with Fernanda and our funder/mentors.

Register online here for DOING YOUR DOC - SAN JUAN

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

Esteban Arguello
NALIPster additional editor on Sundance doc

The documentary Bhutto, co-directed and edited by Latina Jessica Hernandez, has been selected for competition in Sundance. NALIP member Esteban Arguello is an additional editor on the film.


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