Documentary Makers: Get the Most Out of Our NALIP 10
Documentary makers will find plenty of interest at NALIP’s upcoming 10th Conference, April 17 -19 in Newport Beach. The opportunity to hear from PBS President Paula Kerger is very important for all who work or aspire to work in the public television system. POV Executive Producer Simon Kilmurry will lead a provocative case study of two films from the Latino diaspora, Natalia Almada’s EL GENERAL fresh from its Sundance premiere, and Juan Mandelbaum’s NUESTROS DESAPARECIDOS.
For those of you in development, production or honing your skills, NALIP reteams with Latino Public Broadcasting to bring three great DocFundamentals sessions. Each one will help take your project to the next level. “Sharpen your Fundraising Trailer” is an interactive session with ITVS’ Richard Saiz, Paradigm’s Ray Telles, and HBO’s Paula Heredia, providing expert advice on how to present your sample tape, with samples from the audience. “In the Clear” brings filmmaker Ela Troyana (LA LUPE), ASCAP’s Charlyn Bernal, and Telemundo’s Margaret Guerra Rodgers to give you inside information on Fair Use and music clearances on your project. “Fear of Fundraising” tackles the bane of our existence: putting together critical cash for your film. Don’t miss Women Make Movies Executive Director Deborah Zimmerman, LPB Executive Director Patricia Boero, and producer Michelle Paster (who has the latest on online fundraising strategies).
There are Pitch Pit opportunities each morning for doc makers to take 5-minute meetings, as well. Plus so much more. Register to day so you don’t miss your chance to attend NALIP 10!
Click here for more information on our DocFundamental Workshops and other exciting happenings, April 17-19, 2009 at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach.
But hurry - limited registration is filling up fast!
INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: Screenplay Competitions - The Write Type
This is part of a series of informative articles that we are offering our readers. Marvin V. Acuna is the executive producer of The Great Buck Howard which opens in theatres March 20, 2009.
Article by Marvin V. Acuna
There are hundreds of contests that are vying for your hard earned dollars. Here are seven tips to help you assess which ones will add value to your screenwriting aspirations:
1. Since your primary objective should always be EXPOSURE, ensure that you have a clear understanding and accurate grasp of when and how the winner’s list is publicized. Ideally, the list is published in a reputable industry publication.
2. Be certain that you are not paying simply to post your logline as an entrant. Only the winners list should be publicized, not all entrants.
3. Ensure that the Sponsors of the competition are legitimate entities. If no information is easily available about the sponsors, be cautious of submitting entry fees.
4. Don’t bother with any competition that does not guarantee that a winner will be chosen, and an official winners list published and publicized.
ATAS Entertainment Career Workshop
The Diversity Committee of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is hosting an Entertainment Career Workshop. The event is scheduled for the evening of March 24th at the Fox lot and is structured for current assistants, PAs, interns, students, etc. that have an interest in a successful career as studio executives, network executives, producers, directors, writers and agents.
The event currently has a confirmed six person panel and 18 additional guest speakers, from such companies as Fox, Warner Brothers, CAA, Law & Order, Endemol, William Morris Agency, NBC Universal, Disney, Endeavor and many others.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Aspiring Network & Studio Executives, Producers, Writers, Directors, Production Staff; anyone seeking entry-level positions including PAs, assistants, interns and those trying to move up the ladder. Come in business attire and bring a pen, notepad and your resume for feedback!
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Each individual must provide first and last name, and all guests must RSVP individually as well. RSVPs are on a first come, first serve basis and we will cut off the RSVP list once capacity is reached.
Visit the workshop's webpage for a full schedule and additional details.
The Imagen Foundation's Entertainment Industry Job Fair & Workshop
The 14th Annual Entertainment Industry Job Fair & Workshop: “The Future of Jobs in Entertainment: Planning for the World of New Media," will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2009 at ABC7 Broadcast Center, 500 Circle Seven Drive in Glendale, CA.
You must pre-register for this event. Their is a $5 registration fee and there will be NO registrations at the door. The job fair starts at 9:00 AM and will go to 1:15 PM and admission will be staggered to accommodate all those who register. After you register we will contact you via a separate email what times are available for you to choose from.
The career workshop is from 1:30 PM–3:30 PM. The workshop is included in the registration fee but is limited to seating for 300 and you can choose to register for that separately.
For more information - and to register for this event - please visit the Imagen website at www.imagen.org, or call us at 626-791-8140.
Call for Entries: Film Independent's @15 Short Film Contest
Best Buy and Film Independent on Monday announced a new short film competition. Part of @15, a teen-led social change platform underwritten by Best Buy, the @15 Short Film Contest has been set up to encourage the artistic and social development of young storytellers through film.
The contest is open to filmmakers ages 13-18. The top prize is a $1,500 Best Buy gift card, and the work of the grand prize winner may be showcased in June at Best Buy headquarters in Minneapolis.
Entries must be postmarked by April 15 and received by April 22.
Fifteen finalists will be selected by a panel of judges, and uploaded to www.at15.com/film from May 1-15. Registered teen members of the @15 community can vote to determine the winner, which will be announced on or around May 22.