Latinos In The Industry
  February 6, 2009  

Conference Scholarship Opportunities for NALIP Members

NALIP 10: A Decade of Influence APRIL 17 – 19 in Newport Beach, CA

Scholarship Applications due February 21 (Travel) and March 31 (Hotel)!

Times are tough. We need to maximize our professional investments, and the NALIP Conference is a great value. Sponsors help us keep registration fees very low – Early Bird rates are 1/6 the actual cost of this event! Be sure to sign up prior to March 9! Other funders want to be sure that emerging filmmakers attend this high-level professional gathering. So NALIP offers Two Types of Scholarship Support to the NALIP 10 Conference.

Available only to NALIP, SAG and Nosotros members who are already registered for the Conference, NALIP 10 Travel and Hotel scholarships offer either a stipend towards your travel and/or a free shared room night at the Conference Hotel. This program is a little different than prior years, but still designed to get you to Newport Beach to take advantage of a weekend that can benefit you, professionally. Read below.

TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP: These are travel stipends to support your attendance. $100 stipends for grantees living west of the Rockies, but not in California; $200 for grantees living east of the Rockies, including the Caribbean. Recipients are responsible for their own registration fees and travel arrangements. Application is due by Monday, March 9. Notification by March 15. Stipends are distributed when you arrive at Conference check in. Limited number available. Preference given to first-time attendees and local leadership.

HOTEL SCHOLARSHIP: NALIP will pay for ONE night's lodging for groups of 2, 3 and 4 applicants, rooming together on two or three-night stays at the Conference location, the Island Hotel. (Double guest rooms available at $102/night per person; Triples at $78.34/night per person; Quads at $66.25/night per person.) Applicant will be responsible for their portion of the room rate for any night(s) prior to Saturday April 18, 2009 and any incidental charges. Check the Conference schedule: we start at LUNCH on Friday, but we have meetings and pre-Conference events on Thursday (Actorfest) and Friday morning (Chapter meetings; Reality TV workshop). Think about your travel schedule, then select your hotel stay. Reservation will be made on behalf of the applicant if accepted for scholarship; NALIP can group you or you may group yourself with roommates. Applicant must agree to a minimum two night stay, Friday and Saturday, (with Saturday paid by SCHOLARSHIP) but you may also reserve for Thursday night if it best suits you. Please check the Conference and Pre-Conference online schedule before confirming your travel and hotel arrangements. Application is due by Monday, March 31. Notification almost immediately, but latest by April 7.

You may apply for both Scholarships: you might be granted one, the other, or both. Limited numbers of these scholarships are available, but we will try to be sure you have at least one to support your attendance. Priority will be given to NEW Conference attendees and STUDENT applicants, as well as Chapter leaders but we encourage everyone to apply.

Don't miss out! Visit to register, read more, and apply online!

Questions? Contact David Wolf Perez at or (310) 395-8880. See you in Newport Beach!

Deadline Approaching: Netflix Find Your Voice Film Competition

The deadline for the Netflix Find Your Voice Film Competition is approaching. Prize package worth more than $350,000 in cash and production services. Deadline for Entries: February 9th (a maximum of 2000 submissions will be accepted)

This is the opportunity of a lifetime for a first time filmmaker. Not only will the winner’s film be made available to more than 8 million Netflix members, but the prize package will include tools to help you bring the winning filmmaker’s vision to life:
• A cash production grant of $150,000 funded by Netflix
• A four-week camera package donated by Panavision
• 25,000 feet of Kodak Color Negative Film or 10,00 feet of Kodak Color Intermediate Film donated by Eastman Kodak Company
• Up to $75,000 in dailies and release prints donated by Deluxe Entertainment Services Group with the digital intermediate package with a max value of $150,000 provided by EFILM Hollywood, a division of Deluxe
• Advertisement and mentorship by Film Independent
• Screening at the Los Angeles Film Festival
• Online distribution provided by Netflix

If you win, you can still seek additional forms of financing to produce your film. Netflix will help you build the buzz and promote your film by making it available in advance on the Netflix site.

Apply online at

Netflix will provide a complimentary 12-month Netflix membership to the 10 semifinalists selected to make a video for the final competition.

For more information, visit, call 310.432.1275, or email

Call for Entries: "RETO: DIRIGE" Film Contest

The 25th Chicago Latino Film Festival and Univision Chicago launch “RETO: DIRIGE” (Challenge: Direct) a promotional film contest open to the general public. The contest requires the design of a short film 25 seconds in length that promotes and expresses the significance of the silver anniversary edition of the Chicago Latino Film Festival. Submissions will be judged on impact and creativity and the finalists will be broadcast on where website visitors will have the opportunity to vote for the grand prize winner from March 6-20.

The winner will receive $1,000 cash prize and the film will be broadcast on Univision Chicago and, as well as projected in theatres during the festival.

For official contest rules and details please visit search words: Reto Dirige.

Proudly celebrating its silver anniversary, the Chicago Latino Film Festival runs April 17- 29 and will feature over 100 films from Latin America, Portugal, Spain and the United States. What began in 1985 as 14 films, projected onto a concrete wall for 500 viewers, gave birth to the Chicago Latino Film Festival, which has grown into a premiere Latino cultural organization, the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago with year-round, multi-arts programming.
For more information, visit

CineFestival en San Antonio, Feb. 5-8

The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center's CineFestival en San Antonio, the nation's longest-running Latino film festival, will celebrate its star-studded 31st incarnation from February 5-8 at the historic Guadalupe Theater. Hollywood star Wilmer Valderrama (“That 70s Show,” “El Muerto”) and accordion legend Flaco Jimenez will be on hand for the four-day cinema extravaganza, which showcases more than 50 of the best Latino features, documentaries and shorts from around the world. The theme for this year's festival, which includes films from Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Spain, Brazil, Colombia, Australia, Italy and the United States, is "The New World Onda: Building a Dynamic Media Society."

Highlights of the festival include the sensational Chilean drama “All Inclusive” starring Jesus Ochoa (“Sangre de Mi Sangre,” “Beverly Hills Chihuahua”), the Colombian family film “El Angel del Acordeon” and the Academy Award-nominated documentary “The Garden.” This year's CineFestival is also pleased to present the Texas Premiere of “Days of Wrath,” a gritty urban drama starring Valderrama, San Antonio native Ricardo Chavira (“Desperate Housewives”) and Mexican star Ana Claudia Talancon (“Arrancame la Vida”). Actor Wilmer Valderrama will be in attendance for the “Days of Wrath” screening, which takes place on Saturday, February 7 at 7 p.m.

San Antonio accordion legend Flaco Jimenez will participate in a free public discussion on La Onda Chicana: Tejano Music and Society, 1968-2008, which will be moderated by John J. Valadez, director of the new PBS documentary “La Onda Chicana/The Chicano Wave.” The discussion takes place on Saturday, February 7 at 11:30 a.m., and will be followed by a screening of Valadez's film, which features amazing performances, rare archival footage of such stars as Freddy Fender, Selena, Little Joe y la Familia, Flaco Jimenez, Linda Ronstadt, Ritchie Valens and Los Lobos.

"We are excited to be screening so many excellent feature films, documentaries and shorts that express the incredible range of the Latino experience. There is definitely something for everyone this year," says Sandra Peña Sarmiento, who co-directs the festival with Victor Payan.

CineFestival en San Antonio originated in 1978 as the Chicano Film Festival, which was organized by Adan Medrano and sponsored by Oblate Seminary. As the longest-running Latino film festival in the United States, CineFestival has played a significant role in the presentation and appreciation of Latino filmmakers from around the world.

The complete 31st Annual CineFestival lineup, which includes features, shorts, documentaries, workshops, student showcases and senior screenings, is available online at The 31st Annual CineFestival en San Antonio takes place at the historic Guadalupe Theater, which is located at 1301 Guadalupe Street.

Tickets to individual films are $8 general and $6 for students, seniors and military. This year, CineFestival is excited to offer the affordable All-Movie Pass, which provides admission to all screenings, receptions, and workshops for $30. For tickets, festival passes and other information, please call the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center at 210-271-3151or visit the festival website at



Top HBO Executive to Address Latino Filmmakers

OPENING KEYNOTE FOR NALIP 10: A Decade of Influence from HBO President Michael Lombardo

Michael Lombardo is President, Programming Group and West Coast Operations, for Home Box Office. He is responsible for the HBO Films, HBO Sports, HBO Documentaries & Family and HBO Entertainment programming areas as well as Program Planning and the West Coast Business Affairs, Legal and Production departments. He was named to this position in June 2007. Mr. Lombardo will address the NALIP 10 attendees at lunch on Friday, April 17 in Newport Beach, and accept a special award presented to HBO and HBO Latino for their dedication to diversity and the Latino media community.

Prior to his elevation to the position of President, Group and West Coast Operations, Lombardo was Executive Vice President, Business Affairs, Production and Programming Operations, a position he held since January 2003. In September 1986, Lombardo joined HBO's Los Angeles office as Director, Business Affairs, West Coast, involved in negotiations for HBO Pictures as well as original programming. He was named Vice President of Business Affairs, West Coast in June 1987 and became Vice President, Business Affairs and Production, West Coast Original Programming in October 1995. In May 1999, he was made Senior Vice President, Business Affairs and Production, West Coast. Lombardo has an AB degree from Cornell University and JD from the University of California at Berkeley.

Harrison Reiner
NALIP LWL Mentor wins at Santa Barbara Int. Film Fest.

This past Sunday, director-producer-writer Fernando Lebrija and longtime NALIP Latino Writers Lab mentor Harrison Reiner picked up the Best Spanish Language Film Award at the 2009 Santa Barbara International Film Festival for their work on Amar a Morir, starring Jose Maria de Tavira, Martina Garcia, and Alberto Estrella.

Reiner co-wrote on the film and was its lead creative producer. Amar a Morir tells the story of "Alejandro Vizcaino," the young heir to a vast Mexico City banking empire who runs away from the cold, corrupt, racist, money-driven, super-elite, super-rich, classist world into which he was born, takes a wrong turn down a wrong road, and finds himself stranded in a poor, remote, beach community where he experiences a love at first sight with an exotically beautiful local girl—one that places him—and her—in grave danger at the hands of a ruthless drug lord.

The film includes performances by five actors previously nominated for the Ariel Award, Mexico's Academy Award, and features original song recordings by 11-time Grammy Award-winner Sebastian Krys and American Idol Top 4 finalist Jason Castro, who sang the film's main song live at the world premiere in Santa Barbara.

Gustavo Vazquez
NALIPster co-authors doc filmmaking guide

NALIP member Gustavo Vazquez and John Hewitt have co-authored the book "Documentary Filmmaking: A Contemporary Field Guide," a skills-oriented, step-by-step portable guide to creating documentary films, from the initial idea phase to postproduction processes and distribution. The book is now available from Oxford University Press.

An indispensable resource on site or in the studio, this compact handbook offers something for all types of students: documentary recommendations (for the film buff); illustrations and examples from working documentary makers, producers, editors, and distributors (for the more grounded, visual learner); the latest trends in Internet video and other forms of new media (for the more "techie" documentarian); and even practical financial tips, fundraising ideas, and legal considerations (for the more idealistic--and not always realistic--visionary).



"Let's Talk!" Debuts at NATPE
(Latin Heat Online) - Let's Talk! made its official debut at the National Association of Television Program Executive this past week to rave reviews. The producers of Let's Talk!, a ground breaking English-Language talk show featuring four intelligent, opinionated, hilarious, opinionated (you get the picture) dynamic Latinas, felt it was time Latinas had their say. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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Personal Assistant
High-end Latino talent client seeking personal assistant for help at home and at studio office (both in the San Fernando Valley, California), bilingual is preferred. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


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