Latinos In The Industry

Marvin Acuna: Sony Exec on Opportunities for Screenwriters If you've ever wanted some real, insider information on the crucial changes taking place within the studio system, how these changes will affect YOU as a screenwriter, and how you can exploit these changes to your advantage -- straight from the mouth of a Senior Vice President of Production at Sony Pictures Entertainment -- then this will be very important for you to read. Continue reading...

Here's what this is all about: My name is Marvin V. Acuna and I'm a feature-film producer. My last picture was The Great Buck Howard starring John Malkovich, Colin Hanks, Emily Blunt, and Tom Hanks. I'm also the founder of a company called The Business of Show Institute, the #1 online information hub for screenwriters on the business of show business.

And on Thursday, August 20th, at 11:30am Pacific Standard Time (2:30pm EST), The Business of Show Institute will be hosting a live, streaming video presentation with Senior Vice President of Production at Sony Pictures Entertainment, Samuel Dickerman.

Samuel and I will be having a "state of the union" type of discussion where we will outline all the major changes taking place within the studio system and in Hollywood. We'll also be talking specifically about how these changes will affect YOU, the screenwriter. But most importantly, we'll be discussing how you can exploit these changes to your advantage! And at the end of this discussion we'll be taking YOUR questions, live!

If you would like a distinct competitive advantage in this cutthroat business, you cannot miss this live streaming video event. (And you don't need any fancy equipment or any special technical knowledge to watch. If you can read this note, you'll be able to watch the live event from the comfort of your computer.)

Here are three reasons why you need to attend:

  1. The live, streaming video event is 100% FREE! It's our gift to you for making The Business of Show Institute the #1 online information hub for screenwriters on the business of show business. All you have to do is reserve your spot.
  2. You get to ask Samuel Dickerman your questions live and in real time. Imagine, asking a senior vice president of Sony Pictures Entertainment your screenwriting question ... and getting real answers!
  3. Even if you cannot make the actual event, register anyway as we'll be providing a replay so you can review this valuable information as many times as you like.
So go ahead and click on the link below to get all the details, and to register for this groundbreaking live event:

P.S. - As you can imagine, space is limited. So click on the link and register quickly before your spot gets taken!

Latino WriterCall for Submissions: The Latino Screenplay Competition

The 4th annual LATINO SCREENPLAY COMPETITION (LSC) is currently accepting submissions. The LSC seeks feature and short screenplays that incorporate Latino peoples, cultures, languages, or settings.

Early Bird Deadline: Friday, July 31, 2009
Script Postmark Deadline: Monday, August 3, 2009

Awards include:




Sponsored by Final Draft, Inc.

Honoring a unique portrayal of the Latino struggle

Winners and finalists will be touted in LSC's Best Latino-Themed Screenplays Handbook. The handbook is distributed to production companies and agencies annually worldwide, making us the leading source for discovering and providing access to the best screenwriters of Latino-themed screenplays.

Prizes include gifts from sponsors and cash prizes.

Sponsors include: Robert McKee Story Seminar, Final Draft, Book Soup Bookstore, Script Magazine, Latin Heat Magazine, Script Buddy Store, Michael Wiese Productions, Latino Books y Mas Bookstore, Tica Productions, Creative Screenwriting, and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP).

If your screenplay touches on Latino themes, the Latino Screenplay Competition presents an ideal chance for exposure and opportunity. Submit today!

Apply at or

Latino WriterCall for Submissions: The Intervideo Talent Award

Tomorrow, we will see Realities, Visions, Utopias!

The FINAL DEADLINE for submissions is coming up quick – the postmark deadline for this year's festival is Saturday, August 15th, 2009.

Crisis is the word of the present day. We talk about financial crisis, about climate change, about the threatening collapse of complex systems. Today, no-one can realistically estimate the driving force of piled-up energies. That goes for economic systems in the same way as for climate models, populations and social models.

It has taken us less than 200 years to burn most of the world’s oil reserves and pollute the atmosphere in doing so. The influences of human actions accumulate in a historically unique way. The world population is growing so strongly that it can no longer be fed without energy-intensive food manufacturing. Poverty, famines, social rejections threaten. Yet, there have always been apocalyptic predictions, just like unexpected ways out. But what then? What will the world look like after it has all been overcome?

Tomorrow we will see, the day after tomorrow, beyond uncertainty, inevitable
processes, the world will look different. Visions, utopias, projections show how life can look after everything has been overcome. Contemplations, projections from the present to the future. What seems realistic, what would be desirable? Living, cohabiting, surviving under conditions that we can barely forecast today. Or a world without man (maybe he was
just an evolutionary slip-up?).

Films can be submitted in three categories:

  1. Documentary style. The compilations of current expert interviews is not what is meant (there are enough of them), but the formal rendition with elements of the documentary film: Interview, watching real scenes, commentary. As we are looking far into the future, a mixture of fiction and non-fiction is allowed. Yet, this is not a must. Observations of the present can throw light on the life of tomorrow. In the same way, fictitious scenes of the future can imply what
    preceded. Therefore, reports about the present day are just as possible as
    fictitious documentaries, reports, interviews “afterwards”.
  2. Fiction / short film. The contents and storyline can also be freely designed here. The story can take place in the present, in the past or in the future. It is important that there is a recognizable dramaturgy, a storyline that is carried by dialogues or drama. The number of roles, the way the camera works, music and production design can be freely selected.
  3. Free choice / animations / graphics: We are looking for ways of free artistic dealing with realities, visions, utopias. Collages, musical films, animations or combinations are imaginable. There are no limits to form and aesthetics. It is important that the theme remains coherent. That means no art as an end in itself but a recognizable approach to the theme of the competition.

Conditions of Participation: Participants: Students, apprentices and graduates from sectors like, e.g. TV, film and media production, media design, animation and multimedia as well as media technology may participate. The competition is also aimed at young professionals and job starters with work experience of up to 2 years.

This is an international competition. Films in languages other than German or English must be submitted with German or English subtitles. Furthermore, the film text must be additionally sent in written form.

Submission: Films permitted for submission are those dealing with the theme “Tomorrow we will see”, in accordance with the description of the competition. The length of the film contributions must not exceed 10 minutes. In the case of longer films, an excerpt of up to 10 minutes may be

Nomination and awarding: All film contributions received by the closing date that fulfil the Conditions of Participation can be nominated for the awards. A panel will nominate the 10 best films of each category in a closed session. These will be presented to a jury selected by the organizer. The jury will award the winners of each respective category, as well as the second and third places. The organizer reserves the right to allocate the film contributions to the corresponding categories or open new categories where necessary. There is no right to be entitled to participate in the competition.

Jury: The formation of the jury will be made public on the website soon. The jury consists of 5 persons, who have been selected by the organizer. The jury adjudicates on the awarding in all categories. The decisions made by the jury are final and cannot be challenged.

Prizes: The winners can look forward to cash prizes totalling to € 1.500.00 as well as various noncash

Award ceremony: The prizes will be awarded during the “exground” film festival in Wiesbaden, Germany November 15, 2009 as part of the opening of the 6th exground youth day.

The winners of each respective category must be present at the award ceremony to be awarded.

For up-to-date information about the competition, and how to apply, visit or /

On Demand Gets Diverse

(Multichannel News) -While most cable operators offer some form of ethnically-targeted tier of linear networks and content, they are increasingly turning to video on demand to attract and retain multicultural subscribers. FULL STORY

PBS Listens to Latino 'Voces'

(Multichannel News) - Just in time for this year's Hispanic Heritage Month, public-television stations nationwide will premiere Voces (Voices), a series curated by Latino Public Broadcasting and showcasing several aspects of Latino life. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Casting HD Short
Primo Pictures is casting the last few roles for our upcoming HD Short, "Spanish Fly" a comical slice of Latino life as seen through the eyes of a fly. This is a Los Angeles based shoot. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

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American Latino Film Series
Second Annual Downtown Film Festival - Los Angeles

Under the co-direction of NALIP member Henry K. Priest, the festival will once again spotlight American Latino filmmakers as part of a series that will kick off with Poncho Sanchez: Keeper of the Flame, a documentary about the Latin Jazz legend. Poncho Sanchez is slated to perform following the screening.

Poncho Sanchez: Keeper of the Flame, a film by Arcie Chapa, featuring Edward James Olmos, recounts the history of Latin Jazz through the reminiscences of Poncho Sanchez himself and his family and friends.

For more information on the Latino American Film Series at the Downtown Film Festival, visit:


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