Latinos In The Industry

NALIP 10 Conference Audiocasts Now Online

Were you so engaged in Wilmer Valderrama's talk at the NALIP conference that you could not check out the simultaneous sessions?

Were you wondering what went on at "Fire Eaters and Pink-haired Strippers?"

Did you miss part of the exciting keynotes by Luis Valdez, Michael Lombardo or Herb Scannell?

This and so much more are now available online. Listen at or download the podcasts. Check out these and our library of past talks and workshops - still fantastic information! Click here to visit the NALIP Audiocasts page.

Deadline Extended: Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival

The deadline for entries for the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival has been extended by popular demand.

Late Deadline: July 27, 2009

One of the most prominent Latino Film festivals in the USA, the festival promotes the richness and diversity of Latin Cinema by showcasing films from the United States, Latin America, Central America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal. LALIFF celebrates the work of existing and emerging Latino talent while creating a bridge between independent filmmakers and the film industry in Hollywood. LALIFF serves as a catalyst for the promotion and distribution of Latino films.

LALIFF presents feature films, documentaries, shorts and special screenings. The films showcase a wide variety of themes by Latino filmmakers, producers, writers and actors, as well as movies that depict Latino culture. It is a competitive festival with prizes and a venue where filmmakers come together with buyers and distributors. Our Industry Office facilitates meetings and keeps a video library for Hollywood executives. LALIFF also offers industry workshops, panels, labs, networking receptions, educational programs, and hosts some of the best Galas in Tinseltown. Come joins in our lucky year.

LALIFF is a qualifying festival for the Academy's Short Film Category Award. Furthermore, the Academy has established the LALIFF Collection at the Academy's Film Archive which is open to students, educators and the general public.

For more information, please visit the festival website at:

Call For Entries: Tiburon International Film Festival

The 9th Annual Tiburon International Film Festival (TIFF) will be held March 18-26, 2010 in Tiburon, California, a showcase for the independent feature and short films from around the world.

Submissions are open to all genres: Fiction, documentary, short, animation, experimental, student, children, sports, music video... from any nation in the world.

TIFF screened more than 250 films from over 90 countries in March of 2009.

Early bird deadline: November 17, 2009
Late deadline: December 15, 2009

The films submitted to the Tiburon International Film Festival are eligible to win the "Golden Reel Award" in several categories: Best Fiction, Best Documentary, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Short, Best Animation, Best Children Film, Best Student Film, Best Music Video, Best Sport Film... and the winners of all categories will be announced during a formal ceremony at the end of the Festival.

Entry form and eligibility guidelines are available by clicking here.

Call for Entries: High School Films for DFFLA

The Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles is seeking high school films to showcase during this years ten day festival from August 12th - 22nd. Submission fee for the high school program is free. Send two dvd copies with directors name, phone and email to:

Engine Co. #28 Building
Attention Festival Director Henry K. Priest
RE: High School Program
644 S. Figueroa St.
2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017

More info:

Maya, Blockbuster Eye Latin Project
(Variety) - Maya Entertainment is partnering with Blockbuster to present an eight-film Latin Cinema series in eight citues from July 17-Sept. 10. FULL STORY


Jobs & Opportunities

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

Music for "Whose Barrio?" Film
Looking for music in the following styles for the film "Whose Barrio?": Salsa - Fania style songs, Mambo - Palladium years style songs, Danzon, Danza, Puerto Rican Folk Conjunto. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Soccer Script With Adult Soccer Players
We are looking for completed feature-length soccer scripts with stories dealing with adult soccer players. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Volunteers for Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival
The 13th Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) October 11 - 16, 2009 @ Chinese 6 Mann Cinemas on Hollywood Blvd would like to invite all volunteers. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


From the Editor
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Sonia Fritz
NALIPster's film touring US with Kids First Film Festival

NALIP member Sonia Fritz's (LPA 2007, LWL 2008) film The Stars in the Estuary was picked up by Kids First Film Festival which tours 100 cities in the US with 75 films. It was also picked up by Divercine which tours 13 cities in Latin America.

The film screened for the fist time as part of the Chicago Latino Film Festival in April and will be presented in Santo Domingo, at the end of July as part of the Kids Festival, organized by the First Lady.

It is an adventure story for kids that moves along the San Juan Estuary from the Lagoon to the mangroves and ending at the Pinones Lagoon, where the kids finally find the treasure that they were looking for: the bioluminescent waters and the magic of nature. This is intercut with the parents desperately looking for their kids, while they are having a blast with the help from a scientist, a sailboat captain and a fisherman who takes them on his boat to their last destiny.

The production is by Isla Films with the support form the Estuary in San Juan; the producer is Frances Lausell, Sonia Fritz, the director, Willie Berrios, the DP, Mailara Santana, the Production Designer, Geronimo Mercado the composer and Lou Alers, the editor and Graphic artist, together with "Llamarada de Petate" a Mexican group that produced the animated sequences.


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