Latinos In The Industry
  February 17, 2009  

NALIPsters On View at our 10th Annual Conference

Share your work – your short, your trailer, your sample, your WIP – at NALIP 10: A Decade of Influence April 17-19, 2009 in Newport Beach, CA!

Invite friends, collaborators, funders & executives to be your audience at the beautiful Island Hotel in Newport Beach. Open to all registered Conference attendees, this curated space programs your work, so you can screen for your community. Your work will be presented in the program along with your contact info.

Sign up now for NALIPsters On View at the 10th National Conference, a curated series for shorts and features, documentaries and narrative, new media and works-in-progress, trailers or even the occasional new feature! Deadline is March 13, and you need to be registered to be considered.

Don't miss this chance to shine. NALIPsters On View is not a festival, but we celebrate NALIP members' work as part of our Latino talent showcases. Last year, Conference 9 exhibited talented NALIPsters like Diana Romero, writer of "Niña Quebrada" (pictured above) which was nominated for an Imagen Award and Daniel Carrera with "Primera Comunion" (pictured right). "Primera Comunion" went on to win several awards including the Imagen Award for Best Theatrical Live Action Short and has been recognized at several film festivals including the Guadalajara International Film Festival. YOU CAN BE NEXT! Simply go to the, click on the REGISTRATION link, and sign-up.

After you register online, mail your DVD to the NALIP office at 1323 Lincoln Blvd, Ste. #220, Santa Monica, CA 90401 before the DEADLINE March 13, 2009 with a NALIPsters On View label on the DVD cover. You must be registered for Conference 10 to be considered for NALIPsters On View.

More information on NALIP 10 Conference schedule, travel and scholarships:

The deadline comes up fast! We want to screen your work as part of our 10th anniversary celebration!

Call for Applications: Flaherty Seminar Fellowships

The Flaherty Seminar Fellowships are now accepting applications. Please read the following information carefully. The deadline is March 13, 2009.

Professional Development Fellowship Program

The Professional Development Fellowship is designed for emerging or mid-career professionals such as filmmakers, programmers, writers, scholars, archivists, and media professionals. Awards are partial grants that cover a portion of the registration fee. Grants are applied directly towards registration for the Seminar.

Student Fellowship Program

The Student Fellowship Program is led by an academic who has attended previous Flaherty Seminars and is designed to further your knowledge of cinema through participation in an array of unique discussions. Fellows will also participate in all general Seminar activities. The program is rigorous and rewarding; it includes selected readings, special meetings with guest artists and other professionals, and smaller discussions with other Fellows.

Student fellowships are open to undergraduate and graduate students who were enrolled in a degree program as of Spring 2009. All majors are welcome; we select a diverse array of students from throughout the U.S., as well as internationally. We look for students who have the capacity to interact in both small and large groups, and be willing to share their passion for film. Awards are partial grants that cover a portion of the registration fee. Grants are applied directly towards registration for the Seminar.

Philadelphia Foundation Fellowships

Through a generous grant from the Philadelphia Foundation, fellowships are now available for qualified Philadelphia residents to attend the 55th Robert Flaherty Film Seminar. Awards cover transportation to the Seminar and the full registration fee, which includes all lodging, meals, Seminar screenings, activities and functions for the week. Fellowships are open to both students and professionals (please mark "Philadelphia Fellowship" on our application form). Previous fellowship recipients are eligible for one additional fellowship after a one-year hiatus.

Fellowship awardees are asked to assist with various work assignments during the Seminar, from assistance with administrative needs and hospitality to audio recording Seminar discussions. These tasks will be kept to a minimum so as not to interfere with your participation in the Seminar.

At the end of the program all fellowship awardees are required to submit a final report about their experience.

All applicants will be notified of their status by April 1, 2009.

To apply for a Professional Development, Student, or Philadelphia Fellowship, click APPLY NOW

Deadline Approaching: New York International Latino Film Festival

The official deadline is approaching for the New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF), presented by HBO.

Deadlines to submit U.S. and international films for the 2009 NYILFF are:
* February 27, 2009 OFFICIAL DEADLINE
* March 20, 2009 LATE DEADLINE

Showcasing films that present a cross-section of the diverse Latino culture to an audience of over 20,000 film fans and industry executives from throughout the U.S., the NYILFF is now the premier marketplace for Latino film.

The NYILFF will consider films featuring, about and/or for the Latino community. It will consider all forms and genres, including: feature narrative, short films, documentary and experimental. All projects must have been completed by no earlier than 2007. Projects in a language other English must have English subtitles. Films cannot have been broadcast (television or Internet) or distributed commercially in the U.S. prior to the festival. Exceptions are made for short films and documentaries.

The NYILFF is scheduled to take place in July, 2009. Submission forms and complete information regarding eligibility for the 2009 NY International Latino Film Festival are available at:


Launched in 1999, the New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) is now the premier Urban Latino film event in the country. The NYILFF's mission is to showcase the works of the hottest emerging Latino filmmaking talent in the U.S. and Latin America, offer expansive images of the Latino experience, and celebrate the diversity and spirit of the Latino community. Programming includes the flagship film festival in NYC, new music and art showcases, family and community events, scholarships for aspiring filmmakers, and a nationally recognized short film competition in partnership with HBO. The NYILFF is the only film event to have had the endorsement of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's NYC Latin Media and Entertainment Commission since its formation in 2003.

Early Deadline Approaching: LA Shorts Fest

LA Shorts Fest Early Bird Deadline – Friday, February 20, 2009

Yes our early bird deadline is this Friday but don't panic, if your submission is postmarked by February 20th we will consider it on time.

We all know times are hard so take advantage of this opportunity to save $10 and get your film in now.



Santiago Pozo
Arenas CEO selected to receive NHMC Impact Award

CEO of Arenas Entertainment, Santiago Pozo, has been selected by The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) to receive an Outstanding Marketing in Film and Television impact award at the 12th Annual Impact Awards Gala on Friday, February 20, 2009, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, in Beverly Hills. The Impact Awards Gala celebrates the artistic achievement of American Latino artists whose work is so creative and outstanding that it must be recognized.

LuisCarlos Romero Davis
NALIPster's feature doc to premiere at Guadaljara

NALIP member LuisCarlos Romero Davis' (LPA 2007) feature documentary 389 Miles: “Living the Border” has been selected for its premiere screening at the 2009 Guadalajara International Film Festival. LuisCarlos Romero Davis wrote, directed, and produced the film. 389 Miles: “Living the Border” is a human journey along the Mexico-Arizona border that presents the raw, daily lives of the various players involved and the complexity and multidimensional nature of the immigration phenomenon. Click here to watch the trailer.

Noemi Figueroa Soulet
NALIPster's doc wins two Insight Awards of Excellence

El Pozo Productions received a 2008 Insight Award of Excellence by the National Association of Film and Digital Media Artists (NAFDMA) for its independent documentary film The Borinqueneers - produced and directed by NALIP member Noemi Figueroa Soulet - which showcases the history of the all-Puerto Rican 65th Infantry Regiment. A second Award of Excellence was also bestowed upon the acclaimed-actor, Hector Elizondo, for his outstanding voice-over work on the documentary film as the Narrator. The Borinqueneers is currently airing nationally on PBS and the Armed Forces Network.

The Borinqueneers relies on interviews with the regiment’s veterans and rare archival footage to trace the unique experience of the 65th Infantry Regiment, the only Hispanic-segregated unit in Army history, culminating in the Korean War and the dramatic events that would threaten its very existence. The documentary is narrated by Hector Elizondo, an accomplished film, theater and television actor, as well as a director and producer with a career spanning 40 years, who appears on the hit USA series, “Monk”.

NAFDMA presents the Insight Awards annually to individuals, businesses, and organizations in the film and/or digital media arts whose work is not only exemplary but also has made a contribution to society by increasing public awareness or raising social consciousness for situations, societies, and issues that affect our global communities. The Insight Awards honor filmmakers who, through their creative work, provide multiple viewpoints, create diversity, address complex social issues, and/or strengthen ties between international audiences across perceived boundaries of race, culture, age and gender.

Entrants include major studios, film and video production companies, cable and broadcast television whose work is judged by industry professionals who are recognized for work in their respective fields. For information on the Insight Awards, visit



Rodriguez Eyes Futuristic Thriller
(Variety) - Robert Rodriguez is set to reteam with Dimension for his next film, the futuristic thriller "Nerverackers," about a character named Joe Tezca who is part of an elite unit dispatched to quell a crime wave in a theoretically perfect future society. FULL STORY

Sundance’s Geoff Gilmore Jumps to Tribeca
(indieWIRE) - A major shift in the festival world this morning as Sundance Film Festival director Geoff Gilmore announced that he is joining Tribeca Enterprises as the Chief Creative Officer for the company, after spending 19 years at Sundance serving as the festival’s director. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Writer to Collaborate with Director on High Concept Script
Director with a high concept script set in South America seeks writer with extensive experience writing thrillers to collaborate with. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


From the Editor


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