Latinos In The Industry
  November 25, 2008  

ITVS Open Call Funding Announcement

Attention filmmakers! Looking for funding for your next project? INDEPENDENT TELEVISION SERVICE (ITVS) seeks proposals for public TV programs which take creative risks, serve underrepresented audiences and express points of view seldom seen on commercial or public TV.

OPEN CALL provides completion funding for single non-fiction programs (not series) that are already in production. It is our largest funding initiative with two funding rounds per year. There is no minimum or maximum funding amount, though ITVS funds must be the last money in to the project. Please note that the deadline for Open Call 2009 Round 1 is JANUARY 16, 2009.

**Please note that Open Call no longer accepts submissions for fiction (i.e., narrative, drama, etc.) projects.

The online application and guidelines are posted on our website at

Call for Entries: Los Angeles Film Festival

Held in the heart of the movie capitol of the world, the Los Angeles Film Festival showcases the best of American and international cinema. Drawing and enthusiastic audience of over 85,000, the Festival provides films with the opportunity to be embraced by the public and discovered by the industry.

More than 100 feature films - narrative and documentary - are featured in the festival, alongside gala premieres, panels and seminars, short film programs, music video showcases, archival presentations, project markets, and more. The Festival is also a qualifying festival for all categories for Film Independent's Spirit Awards and the Narrative and Animated Short Film categories of the Academy Awards.

For entry forms and submission details, go to

Early deadline: December 5, 2008
Deadline: January 16, 2009
Final deadline for shorts/music videos: February 6, 2009
Final deadline for features: March 2, 2008



Marvin V. Acuna
NALIP Member/Mentor creates Successful Screenwriters Video

NALIP member and mentor Marvin V. Acuna has created a free video presentation for screenwriters, entitled "The Seven Habits of Hollywood's Most Successful Six (and Seven) Figure Screenwriters." Check it out at

Marvin is a manager and producer (The Great Buck Howard). He hopes that screenwriters in the NALIP membership will may benefit from this.

Melissa Montero
LPA Fellow awarded Roy W. Dean NY Video Grant

New York City Latina filmmaker and NALIP member Melissa Montero (LPA 2007) was the reciepient of The Roy W. Dean 2008 NY Video Grant, who “fund compelling stories about little known subjects, historical films and films that touch hearts”.

Our Women, Our Struggle (working title) is a 70-minute long documentary that chronicles the life of Puerto Rican revolutionary - Isabel Rosado - who dedicated her life to the Puerto Rican Independence movement and has become a symbol of the island’s patriotism. Other women such as Lolita Lebron and Dylcia Pagan will also be highlighted. Our Women, Our Struggle walks the viewer through decades of the Puerto Rican independence movement as experienced by and seen through the eyes of Isabel Rosado.

To view the trailer and learn more about this documentary and filmmaker please visit the filmmaker's MySpace page or email



GigaPix and Polychrome/Gold River Launch $60 Million Kid Slate
(Variety) - GigaPix Studios, the independent production studio led by executive David Pritchard ("The Simpsons," "King of the Hill," "Family Guy"), and Polychrome Pictures/Gold River Entertainment run by Geno Taylor and Danny Rodriguez ("Innocent Voices," "The Disembodied"), have inked a venture for financing, P&A and worldwide theatrical distribution of a "kid friendly" slate of five feature films. FULL STORY

Out of Sight Tops Sexy Movie Poll
(WENN) - George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez's steamy thriller Out Of Sight has topped a new list of the Sexiest Movies Ever. FULL STORY

American Buffalo Broadway Revival Has Closed
(Playbill) - The Broadway revival of American Buffalo, which co-starred John Leguizamo, Cedric the Entertainer and Haley Joel Osment, played its final performance at the Belasco Theatre Sunday, Nov. 23 at 3 PM, according to a spokesperson for the show. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Spanish-Fluent Feature Film Editor
Feature comedy Amor y Frijoles is seeking an editor who is completely fluent in Spanish with feature film experience. Also looking for a poster design expert. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Spanish-Speaking Part Time Budgeting Instructor (Miami)
An instructor is needed on a part time basis to teach Movie Magic Budgeting in Miami, Florida. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


From the Editor


Alex Mendoza
Alex Mendoza & Associates
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