Latinos In The Industry

Call for Applications: Sloan Producers Grant for Filmmakers

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation will award one participant of Film Independent's Producers Lab the second annual Sloan Producers Grant. The recipient will receive a $25,000 development grant, admission to Film Independent's 2009 Producers Lab, and year-round support from Film Independent.

The grant is funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, which seeks to create and develop new scripts and films about science and technology and to see them into commercial production with national and international distribution. It has screenplay development programs with the Tribeca, Sundance, and Hamptons Film Festivals, as well as other select independent partners and film schools.

To apply for the Sloan Producers Grant, the filmmaker must apply to the 2009 Film Independent Producers Lab and indicate in their letter that they wish to be considered for the Sloan Grant. To be eligible for the Sloan grant the applicant must be attached as producer and possess the rights to the script with which they are applying and the screenplay should have a scientific, mathematical, and/or technological theme and storyline or have a leading character who is a scientist, engineer, or mathematician.

Deadline for Applications: July 6, 2009

For more information and to apply, visit the Film Independent website.

Call for Entries: Downtown Film Festival - Los Angeles

The second annual Downtown Film Festival - Los Angeles (DFFLA), the only dedicated film festival in the historic core of the Entertainment Capital of the World, will be held August, 12-22, 2009. The festival doubles in size to 10 days from last year's inaugural event with a series of film screenings of Hollywood, independent and classic films, lectures, panel discussions, exhibits, and parties and receptions, all celebrating downtown L.A.'s renaissance.

Filmmakers may submit films for screening consideration beginning today and until the final deadline of July 15th. Feature narrative and documentary films, as well as short films are eligible for consideration.

Additional information about submissions can be found on the festival's website:

The festival will be headquartered at LBA Realty's AT&T Center (formerly, the Transamerica Center) in downtown L.A.'s exciting South Park district. In addition to providing the festival's main screening venue, (a newly renovated 500-seat theater with state-of-the-art video projection equipment), the AT&T Center will be the location of the festival's 5,000-square-foot Cinema Lounge, located on the southwest corner of the AT&T Center at Olive and 12th St. The Cinema Lounge at the AT&T Center will be a beehive of activity during the festival that will include nightly parties and receptions, panel discussions and art exhibitions as well housing the festival box office.

Brookfield Properties' 7+FIG shopping center in the core of downtown L.A., located at the corner of 7th and Figueroa Streets, will be the site of three of the festival's signature events presented in conjunction with arts>Brookfield Properties. The festival's celebration of the films of Hollywood icon Paul Newman takes place on the evening of Thursday, Aug. 13th with back-to-back screenings of "Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid" and "Hud" on the outdoor plaza of the shopping center. The 7+FIG Art Space, located on the second level of the shopping center, will be the site of "Shorts & Sweets," the festival's screenings of short films during lunchtime and happy hour, designed for downtown's L.A. workday commuters and art lovers alike. Sustainable L.A., the festival's green program, will also be held at 7+FIG on Aug. 20th, featuring a farmer's market, "slow food" cooking demonstrations, and environmentally-themed short films and seminars.

The GRAMMY Museum, located at L.A. Live!, will partner with the festival to present a series of music documentary films and live musical performances at The Museum.

This year's festival is under the direction of Henry Priest and Greg Ptacek. "The overwhelming positive response to last year's inaugural festival confirmed our original supposition that downtown L.A. was ready for annual film festival. In short, we're thrilled to back," said Priest.

For more information, visit the festival's website:

Deadline Extended: Imagen Awards

The Imagen Awards call for entry period has been extended to Monday, June 8th. All entries must be received no later than 5:00pm.

Don't miss out on submitting your entry for this prestigious award celebrating the best of the best that Hollywood has to offer for the Latino community.

The 24th Annual Imagen Awards will be held on Friday, August 21st at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The annoucement of nominees is tentatively scheduled for July 10th. For questions regarding entry procedures or the awards ceremony, please contact Helen Hernandez at: 626-376-9751 or by email: at

For entry qualifications and the official form, please visit the website at

Free Workplace Hollywood Seminar in Web, Gaming, VFX

Workplace Hollywood is hosting: "So You Wanna Be in Pictures Series 2: Career Opportunities for Computer, Web Design, Gaming and Visual Effects Professionals in the Entertainment Industry." This is an excellent seminar for those interested in beginning or transitioning to careers in computers, web design, gaming and visual effects. Hear from working professionals on how to begin or transition to career in computer, web design, gaming and visual effects for the entertainment industry.

The seminar will take place on: Wednesday, June 17, 2009 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at Sony Imageworks in Culver City. The seminar is free and only open to the first 100 guests. You must RSVP to attend this seminar: The deadline to RSVP is Friday, June 12th. Feel free to forward this invitation.

Workplace Hollywood is a non-profit organization dedicated to diversity in the Entertainment Industry.

Haneke Wins Palme d’Or for White Ribbon
(indieWIRE) - Michael Haneke’s “The White Ribbon” (Das Weisse Band) won the Palme d’Or tonight as the Cannes Film Festival came to a close. FULL STORY

Begines Attached to Direct Saving Grace Remake
( - Spanish production company Gheko Films is pushing ahead with a remake of Nigel Cole's Sundance winner Saving Grace, with local stars Carmen Maura and Antonio De La Torre, and to be be directed by Seville film-maker Alvaro Begines. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

TV Marketing and Sales Consultant for Spanish-language Markets
Puntos de Encuentro, the non-profit producer of socially conscious Spanish-language scripted television dramas, is looking for a bi-lingual marketing and sales specialist to develop a broadcast/distribution plan for their new one-hour drama series, targeting international territories and the Spanish-language markets throughout Latin America, the U.S., and Canada, in particular. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Business Plan for Spanish-language TV Drama/Non-profit Organization
Puntos de Encuentro, the non-profit producer of socially conscious Spanish-language scripted television dramas, is looking for a bi-lingual consultant to prepare a business plan for their new one-hour drama series, to be sold and broadcast in international territories and targeting Spanish-language markets throughout Latin America, the U.S., and Canada, in particular. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

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Apply Now for the 2009 Latino Producers Academy!

The 2009 Latino Producers Academy is accepting applications for the August program in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The deadline is approaching, but there is still time to apply! Do not miss this opportunity to participate in an amazing summer program for Documentary and Narrative producers.

Application Deadline: Friday, June 5th

Don't miss this chance to apply for one of NALIP's most appreciated and respected programs. Click here to see movies from the 2008 LPA. Questions? Call Octavio Marin, LPA Program Director at 310.395.8880

Click here to visit the LPA webpage and download an application.

Luca Bentivoglio

NALIP mentor Luca Bentivoglio was named COO of LATV last week, replacing Howard Bolter. Bentivoglio was previously VP of programming at the channel.

Jose Tillan

Jose Tillan was named General Manager/ Executive Vice President of MTV Tr3s this week. Tillan was formerly SVP of Content and Creative for MTV/VH1 Latin America and will still be involved with the networks and continue as Executive Producer of Los Premios MTV 2009.

Kenneth Castillo
NALIPster's first feature released on DVD

The Drive-By Chronicles: Sidewayz, a feature film written and directed by NALIP member Kenneth Castillo, has been released on DVD. It is available to buy at Target and Walmart stores across the country and to rent at Netflix, Blockbuster and Hollywood Video. Kenneth is the creator of the short film series The Misadventures of Cholo Chaplin, and he has just wrapped his second feature tentatively titled Ghosttown in Ensenada for a release date in October of this year.


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