Latinos In The Industry

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: The Three Pillars of a Successful Screenwriting Business (Part 3)

This is Part 3 of a series of articles written by Marvin V. Acuna about being a successful screenwriter. Read Part 1 and Part 2 online here.

Gerard J. Arpey, president and CEO of American Airlines, said that the best business advice he ever got was, "Borrow money when you can, not when you need to." This is sound advice that can be translated and applied to...

Pillar #3: Networking

I find most aspiring screenwriters believe that there is only one specific time and place for networking and it's called, "An easel sitting at the entrance of some ballroom with a sign that says so."

Best-selling author and syndicated columnist Harvey Mackay said, "If I had to name the single characteristic shared by all the truly successful people I've ever met over a lifetime, I'd say it is the ability to create and nurture a network of contacts."

Personal networking is instrumental to your career. It's an invaluable tool for identifying rare opportunities suited to you, as well as to maximize the value of your current relationships.

But networking ONLY when you need to is foolish and sets the wrong tone. Relationships take time, building rapport requires patience, and entertainment professionals are naturally cautious -if not fearful- of those that are simply taking, rather than giving.

It's pretty easy to spot those that are just networking purely to take... not to give. Therefore, begin networking before you need anything from anyone.


Call for Applications: CSRC Postdoc Fellowship Program

The UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC) announces the application process for its 2010-11 postdoctoral fellowship/visiting scholar program, which is offered in cooperation with the UCLA Institute of American Cultures (IAC). CSRC postdoctoral fellows and visiting scholars are to be in residence during their tenure and to make a contribution to the research activities of the center, including teaching a ten-week undergraduate or graduate seminar based on the proposed research project.

The Postdoctoral fellow will receive an academic stipend of $32,000 to $35,000 (contingent upon rank, experience and date of completion of doctoral studies. Submit applications to CSRC Assistant Director Javier Iribarren, and contact him with any questions at For more information about how to apply, please go to the IAC's website.

Applications are due by Friday, January 15, 2010.

Deadline Approaching: Global Film Initiative Production Grants

In its continuing effort to promote original filmmaking by individuals from around the world, the Global Film Initiative is pleased to announce a call for the Winter 2010 cycle of its feature-film production grants program. Applications will be accepted until January 15, 2010, and decisions will be announced in March 2010.

Global Film Initiative production grants are awarded twice a year, in winter and summer, to filmmakers whose work exhibits artistic excellence, authentic self-representation and accomplished storytelling. The granting program furthers the Initiative's mission of contributing to the development of local film industries while offering audiences a variety of cultural perspectives on daily life around the world. Monies received through the Initiative's granting program are used to support completion of film production, and to subsidize post-production costs, such as laboratory and sound mixing fees and access to modern editing systems.

This year, the Global Film Initiative will award production grants of up to $10,000 each to select applicants during its winter granting cycle. These funds are made available following the Initiative's evaluation of an applicant's completed screenplay and early film-footage, and may include a pre-sale option for exclusive U.S. distribution of an applicant's film by the Initiative. Individuals may submit more than one film for consideration per granting cycle but please note that only applications from qualifying countries or regions will be considered and that production grants are not available for documentary or short films.*

The Global Film Initiative strongly believes in supporting narrative storytelling traditions from around the world and invites all qualified applicants to submit their work for granting consideration. For Applications & Guidelines, please visit:

Application deadline: January 15, 2010

*The Global Film Initiative accepts grant applications from countries in the following regions: Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Asia (excluding Hong Kong, Iran, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan), and Oceania (excluding Australia and New Zealand).

The Global Film Initiative is a U.S.-based not-for-profit organization specializing in the support of independent film from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Founded in 2002 to promote cross-cultural understanding through the language of cinema, the Initiative awards numerous grants to deserving filmmakers from around the world each year, and supports a touring film series entitled Global Lens. For more information about the Global Lens film series and Global Film Initiative programs, please visit:

Deadline Approaching: Cine Las Americas International Film Festival

There is just one month left until the regular submission deadline for the 13th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival. Submit your film by January 15, 2010 and pay just US$20 (US$15 for students or NALIP members) for the regular entry fee.

Cine Las Americas invites filmmakers, producers and distributors to participate by submitting contemporary films from North, Central, South America, the Caribbean and the Iberian Peninsula, as well as works made anywhere in the world by or about Latinos and/or indigenous groups of the Americas.

To read the submission rules and guidelines, please go to

The festival grants the following awards:
* Jury Awards in the categories: First or Second Dramatic Feature; Documentary Feature; Dramatic Short; and Documentary Short.
* Audience Awards in the categories: Best Documentary Feature and Best Dramatic Feature.
* Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) Award for Best Made in Texas film.

As a celebration of young filmmakers, Cine Las Americas also presents a Youth Jury Award for Best Emergencia film, a special competitive section open to filmmakers ages 19 and under. Emergencia Youth Film entries pay no entry fee.

To be eligible for these competitive sections, projects must have been completed after January 1, 2008. All film entries are also eligible to participate in the festival's non-competitive sections. For all works where the spoken language is not English, English subtitles or narration are required.

Submissions should be at the Cine Las Americas office by the following dates and times:
* Deadline: January 15, 2010 at 5:00pm (Non-refundable entry fee US$20)
* Late Deadline: January 29, 2010 at 5:00pm (Late entry fee US$40)
* Emergencia Youth Films Deadline: January 29, 2010 at 5:00PM (Youth Films pay no entry fee)

*Students or NALIP members: US$15 regular deadline and US$30 late deadline.

Please note: submission deadlines are not postmark deadlines. All required materials should be in the Cine Las Americas offices by dates and times listed above.

Filmmakers may send all materials to:
Cine Las Americas International Film Festival
Film Selection Committee
81 San Marcos Street
Austin, Texas 78702
Tel: +1.512.535.0765

For more information please visit

NALIP Discount for NATPE 2010 Market & Conference

Join NATPE for its annual Market & Conference - the world's best multiplatform video conference. NATPE 2010 will feature an updated, bustling marketplace floor, a new three-day schedule and some exciting new programs and features!

NATPE 2010 Market & Conference
January 25 - 27, 2010
Mandalay Bay Resort
Las Vegas, Nevada

In its pilot year, NATPE Navigator is a breakthrough networking experience that enables buyers, sellers, and producers to identify and connect with potential business partners through customized itineraries and session agendas tailored to meet their specific goals. The Navigator provides structured introductions to targeted business partners, moderated advanced round-robins and professionals-only pitch sessions along with invitation-only events for advanced networking and socializing.

Back by popular demand, Tech & Emerging Media Zone is designed to showcase companies that fuel the creation, distribution and monetization of content.

Visit & use the NALIP promo code NATPENALIP for a $100 discount on registration!

NATPE is also offering exhibitors a new benefit: a free customized email campaign! This campaign allows you to send up to three emails to an unlimited number of your customers and prospects, offering them valuable discounts and a friendly reminder to stop by your booth during NATPE 2010

  From Box Office to Pandora's Box: An American Latino Filmmaker's Journey
(By Franc. Reyes for The Huffington Post) - Until recently, I embraced the American ethos, that all things were possible for all people. It never occurred to me that a Puerto Rican born in Spanish Harlem and raised in the South Bronx would find it so difficult to make films in the United States in the 21st Century. FULL STORY

"Hurt Locker" Tops LA Critics Awards
(indieWIRE) - "The Hurt Locker" won top prizes as the Los Angeles Film Critics Association presented its awards, taking home the awards for best picture and best director. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Seeking Unique Documentary Footage for Live Performance
MTV Movie Award nominated filmmaker/composer and NALIP LPA fellow seeks stunning documentary footage for project (premiering at one of the most prestigious musical venues in New York City) that combines live music with documentary-style visuals to address global human rights abuse, environmental impact, and peace advocacy. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

From the Editor

The NALIP Board and Staff Wish You a Warm, Wonderful Holiday And a Joyous, Creative New Year!

Latinos In The Industry will be back in the new year!


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Bernardo Ruiz, Maria Teresa Rodriguez, Rebecca Cammisa
NALIPsters awarded grants from Sundance Documentary Fund

Sundance Institute announced 23 film projects awarded grants across four funding categories which will receive financial and creative support from the Sundance Documentary Film Program. The Program supports U.S. and international documentary filmmakers exploring the critical issues of our time in films with cinematic potential, and considers projects in the Development, Production/ Post-Production and Audience Engagement phases.

Three NALIP members received grant awards from the Sundance Documentary Fund:

Bernardo Ruiz (NALIP Board Member)
U.S.A. Mexico / Development phase
A series of interconnected stories illuminate the challenges facing the residents of Mexicali, a Mexican border city.

Maria Teresa Rodriguez
U.S.A., El Salvador / Production/Post-Production phase
Margarita Zamora, an investigator and a survivor of the civil war in El Salvador, tracks down disappeared children and reunites them with their families. Miguel Morales and Jenny Wolf- two disappeared children now residing in the US- represent the war's legacy of unemployment, violence and migration, a legacy that civil society -- and the new Salvadoran government - is struggling to address.

Rebecca Cammisa
U.S.A. / Audience Engagement phase
Thousands of children, fifteen hundred miles, and one dream: reaching the U.S.A.


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