Latinos In The Industry

IFP's Independent Filmmaker Conference - NALIPsters Register at Member Rates (NYC)

September 19 - 23, 2009
New York City

Taking place during the 31st annual Independent Film Week (formerly IFP Market), IFP's five-day Independent Filmmaker Conference is the must-attend event for film and media professionals to learn how today's creative choices and business decisions are impacting tomorrow's artists, industry and audiences - and shaping the future of independent film and media-making.

Bringing together over 2,000 top business executives, filmmakers, producers, students, distributors and new media pioneers in New York City for innovative panel discussions, social networking opportunities, and "sneak preview" screenings, the Conference provides all attendees with access and opportunity for emerging filmmakers and seasoned industry professionals alike to learn the latest trends in the art and business of independent filmmaking.

Keynotes include Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding; Amelia) and Peter Saraf (Big Beach Films, Little Miss Sunshine). The Conference will include advice from pioneering independent filmmakers and insights from industry leaders from Big Beach Films, BMI, Focus Features, HBO, Hot Docs, Kodak, SAGIndie, Sundance, SXSW, This is That, Withoutabox, and more!

NALIP members may purchase passes at our IFP Member Price. For more info, check out

ITVS Funding Opportunity for Filmmakers of Color

ITVS seeks producers of color to develop single documentary programs for public television. The Diversity Development Fund (DDF) provides up to $15,000 for project research and development. Activities may include travel, scripting, preliminary production for fundraising/work-in-progress reels, or other early phase activities. Projects should speak to the ITVS mission to serve underserved audiences, explore complex issues, inspire dialogue and express points of view seldom seen on commercial or public television.

Deadline: September 25, 2009

For more information please visit:

Deadline Extended: 2009 Television Writers Program

The 2009 Television Writers Program presented by the National Latino Media Council has extended its deadline for applications to September 14! Don't miss the opportunity to apply for this exciting program.

This program is not for beginners. It is for writers who can write at least a one half-hour comedy or a one-hour dramatic television script in English within a five-week period of time. The program will take place in Los Angeles, CA from November 7 to December 12.

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. Nine of our writers from previous sessions have already been placed.

A stipend of $250 per week will be given to each participant.

Flight, housing, and meals will be provided. The program will commence on November 7. If selected, you must be available to fly and stay in Los Angeles, CA from November 7 to December 12, 2009. Writing samples must be in English and television scripts are preferred. Please note that writing teams are ineligible. The deadline for submissions is September 14. Scripts will be evaluated and program participants announced on October 19.

For writing samples to be considered, please submit the following:
- Program application
- Resume/Bio
- Writing sample (1) hard copy and saved on a CD (PDF format)
- Notarized release forms
- A paragraph explaining why you want to write for television

To download program application and release forms, please visit

Writing sample must be postmarked by September 14 and sent to:

National Latino Media Council
55 S. Grand Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91105

For more information please call Acasia Flores at (626) 792-6462. Program Sponsored by: NBC, ABC, Southwest

Filmmakers Needed for Individual Artists Survey

Is the recession over for you, or still going strong? As an artist, the conditions you face in this current economic climate should be heard and addressed.

The Artists and the Economic Recession Survey invites you to share your experience. It is being conducted by Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC), a ten-year national initiative to improve conditions for artists, and supervised by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Completing the survey takes about 15 minutes and is offered in both English and Spanish.

There is strength in numbers. Reaching as many artists as possible improves the quality of this important research, and better equips everyone who advocates for artists and the arts.

To complete the survey, please click on the link that follows:

NALIP Discount for Downtown Film Fest L.A. Latino Film Series Tickets

The Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles is offering NALIP members a 25% discount on pre-sale tickets for the American Latino Film Series on Friday, August 21st at 7:30pm the AT&T Center (1150 S. Olive St., Los Angeles, CA 90013). The series includes the world premiere of Vicious Circle, set in the L.A. Latino punk scene, along with several short films.

To receive the discounted ticket price:
1) Purchase tickets online at:
2) Type in the code: DFFLA09


Interview With Headless Woman Director Lucrecia Martel
Argentine director Lucrecia Martel’s drama/thriller “La Mujer sin Cabeza” (The Headless Woman) follows a bourgeois woman (Maria Onetto), who is is driving alone on a dirt road, becomes distracted, and runs over something. In the days following, she is dazed and emotionally disconnected from the people and events in her life, becoming obsessed with the possibility that she may have killed someone. (Responses in Spanish with English translation) FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Spanish Speaking Story Producer for Reality Show
Established production company looking to hire Story Producer to supervise post process for Spanish Speaking Reality Show (Docuseries). FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Marketable Comedy Scripts
We are looking for completed feature-length scripts to be shot for $200,000 - $1.2 Million this spring. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

From the Editor
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Alex Mendoza & Associates
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9513 Longden Avenue
Temple City, CA 91780

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Santa Monica, CA 90401

Dalia Tapia
NALIPster's film screening in NY, Texas, Illinois

NALIP member Dalia Tapia's film Silent Shame will be screening in various events and festivals in New York, Texas, and Illinois in the next several weeks.

Dalia writes about her film: "Do you know anyone living with AIDS? Sadly, I did and still do - This is the main reason as to why I produced the film, Silent Shame. I feel that people suffering from this torturous disease should have the opportunity to have their voices heard. The suffering associated with this epidemic is emotional, social, economical and spiritual. Not only does the victim succumb to this insidious disease, but so do their families and friends."

Silent Shame will screen on Saturday, August 22 at 6:30pm at the Riverside Theatre at the Riverside Church.
21 Claremont Ave. NY, NY 10027
General Admission $10 (Seniors and Students $8)

Wednesday, September 16th at the
Cine Cuauhtemoc Pan American Film Festival
University of Houston-Downtown
One Main Street, Houston, Texas

Friday, October 9th at Triton College
The Robert M. Collins Center
2000 Fifth Ave.
River Grove, IL 60171

Manny Perez
NALIPster's film's screening dates at TIFF announced

NALIP member Manny Perez wrote, produced, and starred in the film La Soga, which will be in the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival next month. The screening dates and times for the film have been announced:

(Sept 12 at 7pm - AMC 7)
(Sept 16 at 3pm - AMC 9)
(Sept 19 at 5pm - AMC 10)
AMC Yonge & Dundas - 10 Dundas St.

Single tickets go on sale September 4. Click here for more information.


The spotlight item about the documentary The Borinqueneers in the August 18 edition of Latinos In The Industry failed to mention that Raquel Ortiz is the co-producer/director of the film.


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