Don’t Miss Your Chance to Pitch your Next Great Idea at NALIP 10: A Decade Of Influence
Are you looking to pitch your script, your story, your company, your services or yourself? If so, then NALIP 10 in Newport Beach is the place to be, April 17 - 19!
The Pitch Pit is back, by popular demand!
The Pitch Pit consists of 5 minute introductory pitch meetings with studio execs, agents, distributors, funders, and broadcasters who attend the Conference looking to find undiscovered talent and fresh new Latino projects. Use this fun, energizing opportunity to meet one-on-one with some of the people in the industry who can change your life!
Click here and sign up today! The schedule will be posted at Conference 10 registration, Friday, April 17, 2009. Meetings take place Saturday and Sunday mornings, 8:00 – 9:30 a.m..
There’s still time to sign up for other wonderful workshops taking place during the Conference!
Take your pitch and/or rough draft treatment to the next level in the Harrison Reiner Story Development Workshop. Advance your idea for a book to screen treatment with Josefina Lopez’s Screen Brainstorm session! Hurry - because this will fill up fast! Click here for more information.
Waiting Lists are Now Open, as well!
It may not be too late to take part in Intensive Actor Marketing & Audition Do’s & Dont's Workshop and/or RealityTV Boot Camp-Express. Although these sessions are filled to capacity, we are opening up waiting lists for those still interested in participating! Go to the Conference website for more information!
Everything else at NALIP 10 is available to all – the keynotes, the plenaries, the DocFundamentals, the panels, the conversations and case studies, not to mention the networking receptions and lunches! Just register soon: passes are limited. Don’t miss the NALIP 10 celebration.
Netflix and WIF Partner for Women In Film Foundation’s Film Finishing Fund
The Women In Film Foundation today announced that Netflix, the world's largest online movie rental service, has come on board as a key partner to the Foundation’s Film Finishing Fund. The Women In Film Foundation’s Film Finishing Fund (WIFF FFF) supports films by, for and about women by providing cash grants and in-kind donations to independent filmmakers to help complete and debut their work. Netflix will support the Film Finishing Fund by offering additional funding, distribution, mentorship and guidance to grant recipients.
To date, the program, which has provided grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000, has awarded more than $2 million in cash and in-kind aid through support from Women In Film and companies such as Netflix. Most recently, one of the films the FFF supported, “Freeheld,” won the 2008 Academy Award® for Best Documentary Short.
“We are gratified by Netflix’s support of WIFF’s mission to help aspiring filmmakers achieve their highest potential in the marketplace,” said Sharon Lawrence, Chair of Women In Film Foundation. “Beyond the financial support for our Film Finishing Fund, this partnership signifies the value an industry leader like Netflix places on our goals of supporting the vision of independent filmmakers.”
“Netflix is excited to help provide opportunities for all filmmakers, so that as many fresh voices as possible will have a chance to be heard through film,” said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer for Netflix. “Our ten million subscribers with their diverse taste and viewing habits all agree on one thing and that is the value of unique and interesting content. We are proud to support female filmmakers seeking greater exposure in this country.”
With 23 years of history, the WIFF Film Finishing Fund has maintained a record of great success. Many of the recipients have screened and received awards at festivals worldwide including Sundance, San Francisco, Chicago, Vancouver, Toronto, Berlin,Montreal, and Avignon and have won major awards including Emmy Awards® and Academy Awards.
In addition, the FFF today announced that filmmakers interested in submitting works can apply for the 2009 grant cycle as of March 2, 2009. Accepting applications worldwide, the FFF accepts films of any length, be it documentary, narrative or animated. Filmmakers must have at least a rough cut available for submission. All applications must be submitted to the Foundation prior to April 24th in order to be considered for the next round of grants, awarded in late July 2009. For questions contact Erin Condron, Foundation Administrator at email@example.com
For more information and to apply, visit the WIFF Film Finishing Fund webpage.
Call for Applications: Producers Guild of America Producing Workshop "The Power of Diversity"
The Producers Guild of America is proud to announce its fifth annual producing workshop, “THE POWER OF DIVERSITY.” This workshop will draw upon a wide range of seminars and perspectives designed to foster the development of diverse voices in Television Comedy, One Hour Drama, Reality Television and Motion Pictures.
Up to twenty (20) participants will be encouraged to explore, create and refine creative visions and stories that reflect our diverse culture. Applicants may be at any stage of career development, from emerging creative voices to those well-established in their careers.
This year’s program provides a veritable “crash course” in producing, giving participants a comprehensive overview of the essential skills of the producing trade through a series of seminars and master classes with some of the top professionals working in film and television today, supported by one-on-one mentoring work with a member of the Producers Guild. Topics to be addressed include: writing, pitching, budgeting and scheduling, fundraising, marketing, and new media opportunities.
- Workshop call for entries is now open and closes on April 3rd 2009 at 5:00 pm.
- Applicants will be notified by April 24th, 2009
- Workshop sessions will take place throughout the month of May and June. If selected, participants must be available to attend the duration of the program.
- Workshop sessions typically will be held weekday evenings from approximately 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at The Producers Guild of America offices at 8530 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 450, Beverly Hills.
Speakers at past Workshops include, Marshall Herskovitz (Blood Diamond, The Last Samurai) Damon Lindelof (Lost), Tim Gibbons (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Ali LeRoi (Everybody Hates Chris) in addition to others.
Only one application/project per applicant please. Applicants must apply by mail only. No faxes or drop-offs will be accepted. To apply please submit:
* Application - downloaded at www.producersguild.org under "PGA Updates & News"
* Signed release form - downloaded at www.producersguild.org under "PGA Updates & News"
* Synopsis of project (TV Comedy, One Hour Drama, Motion Picture); or detailed 1-2 page plan of execution (Reality Television Series). In addition to summarizing the project, the submission must demonstrate an engagement with questions and issues of diversity.
* A current resume.
Send four (4) copies of all materials to:
PGA Producing Workshop Producers Guild of America
8530 Wilshire Blvd. Ste 450
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
The PGA Workshop is offered at no charge: A good idea and passion are the only requirements for admission.
All projects must be registered with the Writers Guild of America prior to submission.
Call for Entries: Sydney’s Latin American Film Festival
Sydney’s Latin American Film Festival (SLAFF) is pleased to inform you that their call for entries for the 4th Sydney Latin American Film Festival is now open.
The 4th Sydney Latin American Film Festival will take place in Sydney , Australia between the 2nd and the 13th of September and for the first time this year will recognise the Best Feature Film, Best Documentary and Best Short as voted by our audiences with cash prizes.
Films must be contemporary Latin American or International and related to Latin America in terms of content, production or co-production. The director of the opening night film is invited to the Festival to introduce their film and also participate in associated activities such as master classes and/or workshops. We have had the pleasure of guest filmmakers such as Juan Carlos Cremata (Cuba), Jorge Carmona (Peru) and Juan Fischer (Colombia) who all presented their films.
As a not-for-profit community organisation, proceeds from the Festival are directed back into Latin American community organizations through our Community Support Program.
Submissions can be made until April 30, 2009 using the online submission system on the festival website: www.sydneylatinofilmfestival.org. All instructions and forms are available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Call for Entries: Independent Television Festival
The 2009 Independent Television Festival, now in its fourth year, is still the only festival in the world for webseries and independently produced television pilots. It is your chance to share your creativity and talent and the only place to get your independent webseries and independently produced television pilot seen.
The ITVFest will accept submissions for the following categories:
* Alternative (reality, game show, etc.)
* Web Series
* Non-competitive pilots (commissioned, but unpurchased/unaired)
Early Submission Deadline: April 23, 2009
Late Submission Deadline: May 14, 2009
The world of successful independent production is not merely limited to the silver screen. Pilotmakers showcased at ITVFest have gone on to get script deals with NBC, development deals with Starz!, web deals with Sony Digital, Fox Studios and Ziddio.com, and representation from top reps such as UTA and 3 Arts. Winners of the 2008 ITVFest also walked home with $5,000 in production support each!
For more information, visit our website and forum at www.itvfest.org
Submissions are being accepted through www.withoutabox.com and www.itvfest.org
The Independent Television Festival will be held July 31-August 6, 2009 in Los Angeles.
Call for Entries: Cynosure Screenwriting Awards
The Cynosure Screenwriting Awards is a competition that recognizes and rewards feature-length scripts with distinctive and challenging screen roles for women and minorities. This year, we proudly celebrate 10 years of reading, judging and awarding prizes to an incredible range of bold, thought-provoking scripts!
The past movie season brought some surprising stories to audiences - but there is so much more to discover. We are looking for material that will serve as a guide to the mainstream film industry to bring more diverse stories to the screen. If you have that winning script, enter online today at: www.BroadMindEnt.com
After final judging by a panel of industry professionals:
• a $2500 cash prize will be given to the best screenplay showcasing a strong female protagonist; and
• a $2500 cash prize to the best screenplay with a compelling minority protagonist.
We are pleased to announce the following additional prizes for the Category Winners:
• Half-Market Badge to the 2009 American Film Market (November 4-11 in Santa Monica, CA;
• One (1) Year Membership with Film Independent - a non-profit member driven organization of Filmmakers, Film Leaders, and Film Lovers.
More prizes will be added, so be sure to check regularly at: www.BroadMindEnt.com
Early Deadline: March 19, 2009, $45 entry fee (Extended!)
Regular Deadline: May 16, 2009, $50 entry fee.
Late Deadline: June 27, 2009, $60 entry fee.
NALIP Discount on Production Company Seminar
NALIP members receive a discounted rate on a seminar that will offer an introductory overall view of what it's like to create a production company. The lecture will discuss the systems necessary to facilitate a production company, finding material, making contacts with the right companies, studios and/or networks, pitching projects to those companies and successfully managing a creative production company, and will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.
Rona Edwards and Monika Skerbelis are the authors of the book, "I Liked It, Didn't Love It: Screenplay Development from the Inside Out" and the founders of ESE Film Workshops Online, an online film school helping writers and filmmakers improve their knowledge in 4 to 6 weeks without leaving their home - Just "Click, Type, Download & Read."
Rona Edwards was Vice President Creative Affairs for Emmy-winning actor, John Larroquette, Emmy-winning producer, Fern Field and Oscar-winning producer, Michael Phillips. With seven produced movies to her credit, including Out of Sync (VH1) and The Companion (USA/SciFi), she set-up up a feature Matchmakers at Warner Bros. and an MOW, Blind Trust, which aired in 2007 on Lifetime Television. Recently she set up a series of movies for Lifetime Television based upon the Crimes of Fashion novels by Ellen Byerrum, two of which ("Killer Hair" and "Hostile Makeover") are scheduled to air in 2009.
Monika Skerbelis has fifteen years of studio executive experience working in the story department at Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox and running the story department at Universal Pictures where she was Vice President of Creative. She's the Artistic and Programming Director for the Big Bear Lake International Film Festival & Screenplay Competition and is a producer with Edwards Skerbelis Entertainment (ESE) developing a number of projects, including a series of books for Lifetime television subtitled Crimes of Fashion. Together they teach Film Development at UCLA Extension, Riverside Community College and Screenwriting at Chapman University's Dodge College Film & Media Arts. ESE also provides consultations and is actively producing projects for film & Television.
This event will take place on Saturday, March 21 at:
CBS STUDIO CENTER
4024 Radford Avenue
Studio City, CA 91604
(one block east of Laurel Canyon Blvd., one block north of Ventura Blvd.)
Parking admission: Free.
SWN Member admission: Free. JOIN NOW!
Non-member admission: $15.00.
($10.00 for members of NALIP, WGA, Women in Film, FIND, FIN, ScreenplayLab)
Check-in begins at 12:00pm. Seminar starts at 1:00pm.
MUST RSVP before midnight on Thursday, March 19th to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information visit www.esentertainment.net
Free drawing for: MOVIE MAGIC SCREENWRITER SOFTWARE!
Free drawing for: CREATIVE SCREENWRITING MAGAZINE!
See you there, Scriptwriters!
Premiere of American Latino Urban Sci-Fi GB2525 at SD Latino Film Festival (San Diego)
From the writer of Lionsgate's acclaimed film "Ladron Que Roba A Ladron" comes the American Latino Urban sci-fi, "GB2525". To premiere at the San Diego Latino Film Festival - El Mundo Extrano Showcase.
"GB2525" In the future, the only things that have changed... are the weapons. In the dark, urban landscape of the future, a two-year gang truce is shattered by the brutal assassination of the leader of the most powerful gang, 54th Street. Puppet, now in command, seeks violent retaliation. The sole obstacle to an all out war is a respected gang member known as "Supa'man", who convinces Puppet to give him time to search out those responsible and salvage the truce. To do so, Sup' and his crew must battle time and rival gangs to ultimately discover a truth far greater than they could have ever imagined.
GB2525 was written and co-directed by Jojo Henrickson (writer of the critically acclaimed film, Ladron Que Roba A Ladron from Lionsgate) and produced by John Estrada (a 2009 Film Independent Producing Fellow) of New Legacy Entertainment. The special effects and visual look of the film were conceived by Kieron Estrada (who served as co-director, cinematographer, production designer and visual effects supervisor).
The film also features a talented and diverse cast of American Latino actors. The cast includes Frank Alvarez, Jossara Jinaro (The Devil's Rejects, Passions), Jojo Henrickson (Ladron Que Roba A Ladron), Bernie Martinez, Richard Azurdia (Weeds, Ladron...), Ruben Garfias (Get Smart's Bruce & Lloyd, Ladron...), Ricardo Molina, Gabe Martinez, Pete Pano and Oscar Torre (Cane, Ladron...).
World premiere at the 2009 16th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival:
Thursday, March 19th at 8:30pm
Saturday, March 21st at10:30pm
Editor’s Note: Erratum
In the February 26 edition of Latinos In The Industry, as part of our lead story announcing that PBS President Paula Kerger will speak at our NALIP 10 Conference on Friday, April 17, an incorrect attribution was made about the ‘passionate Latino producers’ who attended our first Conference. The intense interaction was between them and CPB, at that juncture; not between them and PBS. We apologize for the historical inaccuracy. And we look forward to Ms. Kerger’s participation in Newport Beach.