Latinos In The Industry
  January 8, 2009  

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: The Successful Screenwriter's Real Business - The Business of Next

This is the first in a series of articles that we will be offering our readers in the new year. We are eager to know what you think! Click on Talk Back to discuss with other NALIPsters.

Article by Marvin V. Acuna

Out • come {out-kuhm} - noun
1. a final product or end result

The definition referenced above is confirmation that you have total control over one outcome… Completing your screenplay!

Will it be represented? Will it be sold? Will it be made? Who knows, I don’t. But, what I do know for certain is this… if you decide to write a screenplay YOU can determine the story, the characters, the world, and when it will be a final written product.

As a strong reminder all other outcomes are not in your control. If you can embrace this as truth you will save yourself from years of heartache.


How Using the Right Fiscal Sponsor Can Help You Get Your Film Made

Message from Maria Agui Carter, NALIP Board Member and Chairman of the Board, Filmmaker’s Collaborative

As a filmmaker-run organization Filmmaker's Collaborative looks after the interests of its independent and visionary artists. We have found creative ways to provide insurance coverage for filmmakers who are part of the FC fiscal sponsorship program, and our senior members serve as mentors and contacts to the industry. Our Making Media Now (Friday, June 5, 2009, Boston, MA) conference helps filmmakers learn new skills and take advantage of new opportunities, while our website serves as a promotional link and easily accessed venue for individual charity donations for our member's films. We welcome and encourage more Latino/a filmmakers into our organization from around the country.

Many film grants can only be given to non-profits, not to individual filmmakers or to for-profit film companies. Additionally, having a fiscal sponsor allows you to offer prospective donations a tax incentive for charitable giving. Filmmaker's Collaborative is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation recognized by grantors for its sound fiscal oversight and accomplished filmmaker members. We are now accepting new applications for fiscal sponsorship. We charge some of the lowest fees in the nation, leaving more money for filmmakers to cover their production costs. For over twenty years, we have been a respected New England based organization whose member films have won Peabodys, Emmys and been on the short list for Academy Awards. Our films have shown theatrically and in festivals, and have broadcast in the U.S. and internationally.

We sponsor film, video and new media projects in any genre that convey important ideas, inspire change or educate. If you are interested in applying, please check out our website and click on the fiscal sponsorship top tab in our menu or contact

Last Chance! NALIP Member Discount for NATPE '09!

The National Association of Latino Independent Producers is pleased to offer a special rate to NALIP Members for the NATPE '09 Conference & Exhibition, at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, January 26-29, 2009.

NALIP Members receive the same rates as NATPE members pay -- more than 25% off regular prices -- on registration. Please visit for additional information about the NATPE '09 Conference and Exhibition. In order to register at this discounted rate, please contact Cynthia Vargas, Membership Coordinator, at or 310-395-8880.

Call for Entries: New York International Latino Film Festival

Commemorating its 10th year anniversary, the New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF), presented by HBO, today announced its open call for 2009 film submissions.

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:

Call for Entries: International Documentary Challenge at Hot Docs

For the third straight year, The International Documentary Challenge returns to the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto. This year's challenge takes place March 5-9, 2009 with registration opening on January 5, 2009. Hot Docs dates are April 30 - May 10, 2009.

The DocChallenge is a timed filmmaking competition where filmmakers have 5 days to make a short non-fiction film (4-7 minutes.) All of the registered participants make their films during the same time period (March 5-9, 2009) and are required to ship the movie by the deadline. In addition to being restricted on time, the filmmakers must choose between 2 assigned documentary genres (such as Character Study, Music, 1st Person, etc.) and are assigned a specific theme (such as "Change") that will influence the content and direction of their film. The top 12 films (determined by a panel of judges) premiere at Hot Docs where the Winners are announced. Three major awards (with cash prizes) will be presented: The American Documentary/P.O.V. Award, The Documentary Educational Resources (DER) Award and the Best Film Award. After the premiere, there are additional theatrical screenings in major cities, possible television exposure and a DVD release of the best films.

Check out the new DocChallenge website where you can learn more about the event, view films and hear directly from past participants about their exhilarating experiences:

Registration opens on January 5, 2009
Early Registration Deadline: January 31, 2009
Final Registration Deadline: March 4, 2009
DocChallenge: March 5-9, 2009

Space is limited - only the first 300 teams to register will be accepted.

Complete details and entry forms can be found online at

Call for Entries: The Indie Fest

The Indie Fest is an independent, top-tier international film awards competition. The goal of the Indie Fest is to give filmmakers publicity and distribution opportunities.

Indie Fest staff members attend film markets to develop relationships with distributors who sell the rights to films and documentaries into territories around the world. Many distributors are unwilling to work with independents and will only represent work produced by the studios. Over the years we have focused on identifying and developing relationships with reputable distributors who are willing to work with independents.

If you win an Indie Fest award you will benefit from our dedicated focus and from our relationships with indie-friendly distributors. You will also receive publicity as we broadcast the list of winners via press releases and to our email database of more than 28,000 filmmakers and industry insiders. Winning an Indie will help you get noticed.

Deadline: January 30, 2009

Download the entry form at:



Don't forget Doing Your Doc - Miami this weekend! Register here

Adrian Martinez
NALIPster has supporting role in Sundance film

NALIP member Adrian Martinez (LPA 2008, LWL 2007) has a supporting role in Don't Let Me Drown, a "Romeo and Juliet"-like story about two Caribbean islands teens in the Bronx after 9/11 directed by NALIPster Cruz Angeles that is in dramatic competition at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

Adrian plays Little Joe, who is Ricardo Chavira's ("Desperate Housewives") character's co-worker and friend. Adrian will be at the festival supporting the film.

Adrian also just acted in London on Kick-Ass, starring Nicolas Cage, which will be out this summer, and can be seen again in the finale of HBO'S "Flight of the Conchords."



"Slumdog" Takes Five At Critic's Choice Awards
(indieWIRE) - The 14th Annual Broadcast Film Critics' Association's Critics Choice Awards were handed out Thursday night, with Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire" dominating. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Completed Action Scripts
Top Pup Media is looking for completed, feature-length action scripts from non-WGA writers. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Production Company Intern
Maloof Productions in Beverly Hills is looking for office interns. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


From the Editor


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