Latinos In The Industry


This is part of a series of informative articles that we are offering our readers. Click on Talk Back to discuss with other NALIPsters!

By Marvin V. Acuna

Back when I was a kid, I enjoyed watching a public service announcement of an animated Scroll educating me on how a Bill becomes a Law. It was obviously a simplified explanation, but it offered insights into the process.

While not an animated presentation, allow me to guide you as we witness our original speculative ("spec") screenplay Buster (short for blockbuster) navigate the maze of how a spec script becomes a sale.

Here we go.

Buster's agent and creator/screenwriter agree that he is officially ready for a formal introduction to the world... Hollywood. Now what?

First, Buster's agent sifts through his market intelligence and historical evidence in order to determine which producers would be the most appropriate for the material, and more importantly, who will have the greatest potential and influence to sell Buster.

The list of producers compiled by Buster's agent will likely include a combination of studio producers and indie producers who have strong relationships with the various buyers in the marketplace.


Call for Entries: Guadalajara International Film Festival

The call for entries is now open for the 25th Guadalajara International Film Festival. The final deadline for entries is December 9th, 2009 for all the sections and January 13th, 2010 for Ibero American Feature Films. Submit your film now!

The Guadalajara International Film Festival is the most important film festival in Latin America, which each year showcases the most intelligent and daring international films, while playing host to some 110,000 film lovers, filmmakers, journalists and industry professionals, announces its call for entries.

Next spring's FICG25 runs March 12-20, 2010, and cash prizes total nearly USD $350,000.

Submissions to FICG25 can be feature films, documentary and short films. We have a parallel section regarding border themes!

For details and application information please visit

Deadline Approaching: San Diego Latino Film Festival

Media Arts Center San Diego is seeking films and videos for 17th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival (March 11-21, 2010). Musically themed films, comedies, family films, and animated films are strongly encouraged.

SDLFF will take place March 11-21, 2010 at the UltraStar Cinemas Mission Valley at Hazard Center located in beautiful San Diego, California. Last year's festival was attended by an audience of 18,000 actively-engaged film lovers, filmmakers, actors, programmers, distributors, industry representatives and journalists. The San Diego Latino Film Festival has used the unique geographical and cultural position of the San Diego Border Region to make the festival a premiere venue for the exhibition of international and U.S. Latino features, shorts and documentaries.

Deadline for submissions to the festival is November 05, 2009.
For details and submission information please visit the official website.


Ortega Exits Paramount's 'Footloose'
(Variety) - Kenny Ortega has ankled as director of "Footloose" over differences with Paramount Pictures. The move comes just before Ortega's Michael Jackson concert film "This Is It" bows on Wednesday. FULL STORY

Minorities Still Scarce on Prime Time TV
( - Minorities, seniors and female actors have achieved few gains in recent years in the number of film and TV roles they receive, according to casting stats released by the Screen Actors Guild, reports Variety. FULL STORY

The Celluloid Ceiling: Thoughts From Five Women Who Broke Through
(indieWIRE) - Last night at the London Film Festival, to an audience of possibly 90% women, a lively and at times quite provocative discussion went down about a topic that’s come up quite a bit this year - women and filmmaking. FULL STORY


Jobs & Opportunities

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

Researchers and Camera Operators
Documentary production company is looking for researchers and camera operators to work on development projects for Discovery Channel, National Geographic and History Channel. All positions are deferred payment. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Interns for Producer/Manager
Diana Romero (LPA '04), award winning producer and manager, is looking for interns to work in her office a few days a week. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Talking Dog Scripts Wanted
We are looking for completed feature-length scripts featuring a boy and a dog that can communicate, i.e. something in the vein of "Look Who's Talking." FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


From the Editor
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Stu Escobedo-Altman
NALIPster selected for NHMC's 2009 Television Writers Program

Filmmaker and NALIP member Stu Escobedo-Altman has been selected to the National Hispanic Media Coalition's 2009 Television Writers Program. During the program each participant is expected to complete at least one script by the end of the five-week session, which will then be read by network executives. Those writers whose scripts show promise will be interviewed and mentored by the network executives with the idea of placing them on a show.

Stu's recent short film El Regalo (The Gift) has won many awards and has been showcased in over 30 international film festivals, most recently the Morelia and Guadalajara Film Festivals in Mexico. He continues to make innovate films using political-comedy and is writing a television pilot based on El Regalo. The short film can be viewed at

Stu Escobedo-Altman, of Mexican descent and a native of El Paso, Texas, graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a Master's in Film Production. Upon graduation from New Mexico Military Institute, he attended Arizona State University and received a degree in Politics. He has been working in the industry for the past seven years in Los Angeles on various independent films as an assistant director. He has also directed several commercials and the music video, "Lluvia," for Luis Angel.

Ralph Lopez
NALIPster's film in Long Island Latino Int'l Film Fest

The short film Trash Day - produced by NALIP member Ralph Lopez - has been selected for the 2009 Long Island Latino International Film Festival, Nov. 6-8 in Stony Brook, Long Island, NY. Directed by Sam Lerma, the film is about a woman who is obsessed with her garbage collector and leaves him intimate presents.

Trash Day will screen on Nov. 7th at 3:30pm during Block #4.


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