Latinos In The Industry
  October 28, 2008  

AFI FEST Starts This Week - NALIP Hosting Sugar Screenings Nov. 6 and 7

The AFI Film Festival Starts this week!

NALIP is proud to be hosting the special screening of Sugar at AFI FEST Oct. 30-Nov. 9.

2008 USA 118 MIN
DIR: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
CAST: Algenis Perez Soto, Rayniel Rufino, Andre Holland, Michael Gaston, Jaime Tirelli, Jose Rijo, Ann Whitney, Richard Bull, Ellary Porterfield, Alina Vargas, Kelvin Leonardo Garcia, and Joendy Pena Brown

This follow-up to HALF NELSON miraculously juggles a story that seems to evolve organically - it follows a gifted Dominican baseball player makes it to the American minor leagues - with an inspired visual style in which every frame is carefully, gorgeously composed. An offbeat, engaging new masterpiece of American indie cinema.

Thursday, November 6, 7:00 pm, Arclight 10
Friday, November 7, 3:00 pm, Arclight 14

Tickets and show times available at

Also don’t miss these other amazing Latino Films:

NALIP-SA Presents The 2008 ¡Adelante! Film Forum (San Antonio)

NALIP San Antonio announces the third annual Adelante Film Forum, November 7, 8, and 9, 2008.

The three-day conference will take place at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center in San Antonio, Texas. Friday night the Adelante will co-sponsor (along with the San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs and the San Antonio Film Commission) a city-wide film / video industry summit, open to the public. This will provide production companies, free-lance producers, educators, actors, as well as the host of associated professionals who all are integral in this crucial and expanding visual media market to come together and, collectively, establish where San Antonio is presently in this industry, and where we are headed.

Saturday and Sunday the Adelante Film Forum begins with its programs of workshops and pitch sessions. Attendees will receive advice, insight, and feedback from industry professionals with years of experience in directing, producing, casting, film and television distribution, project funding, music licensing, and entertainment law.

What: Adelante Film Forum

When: Friday, November 7, 2008, 5 p.m. to midnight
Saturday, November 8, 2008, 9 a.m. at 7 p.m.
Sunday, November, 9, 2008, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
evening screenings begin at 8 p.m.

Where: The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, 1300 Guadalupe St.,
San Antonio, Texas 78207
For more information, email

Sign up now! Regular registration, at $60, continues through October 31,2008. NALIP members pay $50.

Call for Submissions: Latino Screenplay Competition

The 3rd Annual Latino Screenplay Competition (LSC) is currently accepting submissions. The LSC seeks feature and short screenplays that incorporate Latino peoples, cultures, languages, or settings.

The Latino Screenplay Competition was created by Tica Productions in 2006 with a mission to cultivate a greater interest in Latino-themed stories in popular cinema. The objective of the LSC is to promote new, talented screenwriters of Latino-themed screenplays, as well as encourage a demand for Latino-themed screenplays in the American independent film market.

The LSC considers screenplays for an array of awards, including Best Dramatic Latino-themed Screenplay and the Martha Muñoz Award, honoring a unique portrayal of the Latino struggle. Winners and finalists will be touted in LSC's Best Latino-Themed Screenplays Handbook, which is distributed to production companies and agencies worldwide. This service offers our Winners and Finalists continued publicity and promotion, in our commitment to the long-standing success of writers of Latino-themed screenplays. Past winners and finalists have signed with literary agencies, gained writing positions, and have won additional awards in screenwriting after their success at LSC. The Competition also honors winning screenplays with awards, cash prizes, and gifts from sponsors such as the Robert McKee Story Seminar, Script Magazine, Final Draft, Creative Screenwriting, and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP).

The final application deadline is October 31, 2008. If you are a member of, receive a $5 discount and apply through November 15, 2008.

Screenplays are accepted in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

If your screenplay touches on Latino themes, the Latino Screenplay Competition presents an ideal chance for exposure and opportunity. Submit today!

Call for Entries: San Francisco International Film Festival

The San Francisco Film Society's 52nd San Francisco International Film Festival, a celebration of international and independent film and filmmakers, will run April 23–May 7, 2009. The call for entries for narrative features, documentary features and short films is now open. The primary deadline is Friday, November 7 and the final deadline is Friday, December 5, 2008.

The longest-running film festival in the Americas, the San Francisco International Film Festival has built an international reputation for bringing the world’s finest films and filmmakers together with passionate and enthusiastic Bay Area audiences. Visionary from the start, the S.F. International has shown nearly 6,000 films from over 120 countries to nearly two million people and earned worldwide recognition as an extraordinary showcase of cinematic excellence.

Entry form and information:



Latinos Recognized as IDA Awards Nominees

Writer/director Gonzalo Arijon and his film Stranded: I Have Come From a Plane That Crashed on the Mountains, was one of five feature film nominations announced today for the International Documentary Association's 2008 IDA Documentary Awards competition. In the short films category, Isabel Vega and Amanda Micheli’s La Corona, was also nominated to compete for the group's Distinguished Documentary Achievement nod. Winners will be feted on December 5th at the Directors Guild, in a ceremony hosted by Academy Award nominated documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock.

In addition to competitive awards for the year's current crop of outstanding documentaries, IDA also acknowledges creative contributions to the genre at large. For more information on the event and films, go to



Maya Now "Players" With First Feature
(The Hollywood Reporter) - Maya Entertainment has greenlighted its first feature production, the slacker comedy "Hollywood Players." The film, written and directed by Joaquin Perea, will target the U.S. Latino market. FULL STORY

Lopez Pacts With Universal TV
(Variety) - Jennifer Lopez and her Nuyorican Prods. have sealed a first-look deal with Universal Media Studios. FULL STORY

Javier Bardem Begins Work on Inarritu's Biutiful
(Latin Heat Online) - Oscar winner Javier Bardem begins shooting Biutiful, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s latest film this week in Barcelona, Spain. FULL STORY

Film Critic Carina Chocano Laid Off in LAT Cutbacks
(Defamer) - Film critic Carina Chocano is one of 75 staffers laid off today at the Tribune Co., bringing to 325 the number of LAT employees laid off since last summer and the fourth full-time film critic to vanish from a Tribune daily since July 2007. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Drama Writers to Adapt Story in Screenplay
Producer seeking drama writers to adapt story into screenplay. English/Spanish bilingual writers a plus, female writers a plus (Latino and African-American especially), story takes place in America and in Cuba. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Production Company & Writers for Webisodes
Producers from First Impression Entertainment are looking for an experienced production company and writers to do 2-4 webisodes in a traditional 1-2 camera sitcom format, 3-5 min in length. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Unique, Charater Driven Scripts
Digital Events is looking for completed, feature-length, contemporary drama, thriller, or dramedy scripts that have a unique premise, are character-driven, have a storyline that hasn't been done before. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


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