NALIP 2008 Latino Producers Academy Now Accepting Applications!
NALIP believes that a Producer is the creative originator of films, a self-starter who recognizes ideas that have artistic or commercial merit. Producers must have passion, sensitivity for story and audience, plus the organizational ability and practical smarts to put together a project then guide it to and through the marketplace. NALIP is committed to nurting the next generation of American Latino independent filmmakers. Our Latino Producers Academy™ is in its Sixth year, and provides each invited Fellows the practical skills and knowledge to accomplish their personal goals and realize their dreams as filmmakers.
NALIP invites you to participate in the 2008 Latino Producers Academy in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It offers professional development activiites designed to identify public television and independent narrative's next generation of creative producers and directors. NALIP believes that the best filmmakers enhance their production skills and their own creative energy by working and interacting with others. So the LPA curriculum encourages formal learning opportunities under the guidance of experienced mentor/professionals, facilitates relationship-building in a business based on relatinoships, and offers exposure to diverse perspectives and experiences around each creative project.
The 2008 LPA Invites Applications from Documentary Producers in two categories:
1. Documentary producer/directors with projects in development or production who have proposals and sample tapes, are invited with their producer/director partners
2. Documentary producers with projects in post-production who have rough cuts are invited with their editors
PLEASE NOTE: The 2008 LPA for Documentary Producers will take place from August 5 to August 14
The 2008 LPA Invites Applications from Narrative Feature Producers And DIRECTORS in two categories:
1. Feature producers (including producer/directors or producer/writers) with projects in early stages of development that have viable scripts ready for packaging and advancement towards production; prior NALIP program participants must have advanced drafts
2. Feature producers and their directors who have scripts in advanced stages of development with a package or ready to package (e.g. budget, executive summary, attachments, etc.); prior NALIP program participants must have advanced drafts
PLEASE NOTE: The 2008 LPA for Narrative Feature Producers will take place from August 12 to August 22
The 2008 LPA includes hands-on practicum for Producers at all stages of their professional development. Documentaries in post-production will have opportunities to re-cut and score sequences with intensive mentoring on their rough cuts and completion plans. Feature projects with directors will work with crews and casts to rehearse, shoot, cut and score scenes from their upcoming production. Documentary and Feature projects in development will benefit from comprehensive skills development with an opportunity to return with a rough cut or director in a future year.
This program is competitive and highly selective. It is open exclusively to NALIP members and/or New Mexico residents, and only to filmmakers with produced work on which they played a key creative role. All Accepted Fellows are invited on full scholarship: materials, lodging, meals and local transportation provided by our supporters, plus honoraria for documentary editors.
Applications are evaluated by a professional panel that considers the viability of each project, the type and quality of your prior work, your creative plans and commitment to a career in producing & media leadership, plus your potential to benefit from the Academy curriculum and opportunity.
Click here for the full application -- DEADLINE JUNE 2, 2008 --
2 NALIPsters Awarded Prestigious Rockefeller Media Fellowships
Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) today announced the recipients of its 2008 Media Arts Fellowships; the Fellowship program was founded and is supported by the Rockefeller Foundation. This year, TFI awarded $715,000 to 22 innovative filmmakers and media artists including two NALIP Members: former membership coordinator Daniel Carrera and LMM 2008 filmmaker Hugo Perez. Tribeca Film Institute CEO Brian Newman along with Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Alan Berliner awarded the Fellowships at a ceremony at the New York Academy of Art to some of the most promising and respected independent filmmakers working today.
Awarded to filmmakers and media artists whose work is innovative, creative and pushes boundaries, the Fellowships provide support to 22 filmmakers and media artists each year. The Fellowships offer financial support for artists working in the narrative, documentary, experimental, installation and computer-generated media genres. The Media Arts Fellowships recognize the artistic excellence of 20 film, video and new media artists in the United States with cash awards of $35,000 each. The program also awards two additional Fellowships of $7,500 each to emerging film and video artists.
“These 22 artists represent some of the most talented and forward-thinking artists creating independent media today” said Jane Rosenthal, Co-Chair of the Tribeca Film Institute. “We look forward to their lasting and substantial contribution to independent film and arts.”
“We are honored to support such original artists and their unique projects,” said Brian Newman, Chief Executive Officer of the Tribeca Film Institute. “Whether it is a script that needs financing to begin production, or a completed film that needs funding for editing and promotional support, the Fellowships we award allow these talented individuals to contribute fantastic work to the independent media field.”
NALIP Fellowship winners are:
HUGO PEREZ (Emerging Artist)
Immaculate Conception is a narrative feature that re-imagines the Virgin Mary story within the context of contemporary Miami’s Cuban community. The story will be told primarily in Spanish, with baroque visual style and deadpan comedic tone.
Hugo Perez’s previous short narratives have been broadcast on HBO and Showtime, in addition to being screened at film festivals. His debut feature documentary Neither Memory Nor Magic recently premiered at the Full Frame Film Festival.
West Hollywood, CA
Invoking Dolores will be a feature length film that will explore the inherent spiritualism in the religious customs of rural Mexico through the story of Michael, a priest who returns from the US to his hometown in Mexico to follow the footsteps of Mexico’s leading exorcist.
Daniel Carrera’s short film Primera Comunion (First Communion) has screened at numerous international and national film festivals and has received several awards, including at the Guadalajara and Morelia Film Festivals in Mexico and the Directors Guild of America. He holds an MFA in Film Directing and Screenwriting from Columbia University.
Call for Applications: NATPE Diversity Fellowship Program
Now in its second year, the NATPE Diversity Fellowship Program provides a small group of emerging television and video content creators of color with the next step in their career development. Through a series of mentoring meetings, workshops, networking and educational opportunities, the Fellows are afforded a unique opportunity to make valuable contacts and gain real insight into the television industry.
Click here for more information about the Diversity Fellowship
Application process is now open. DOWNLOAD the application form.
This year we hope to grow the program from the 21 Fellows of 2007 to 30 or more. NATPE provides the Fellows with four nights accommodations, all entrance fees to LATV Festival events, special lunches, networking events, one-on-one time with a mentor and transportation. The Fellows are responsible for their own airfare and incidentals. The Fellows are chosen through a selection and submission process with support from key industry organizations whose mission is to support and promote diversity in the media, entertainment and television industries.
For more information, please contact Marjorie Goldberg at email@example.com
NWCS Seeks Latin American Films for U.S. Distribution
New World Cinema Series (NWCS) is an exciting initiative to give Latin American films a bigger platform in US cinemas. In a year-long festival-like tour in 20 US cities, the series will show 6 of the greatest films recently produced in Latin America. NWCS was developed by the NY distribution company Matson Films and the production company Belladonna Films. They contracted us to be the point of entry for all Latin American films.
Here are two links to what some of the press has to say about this new distribution program: Variety article, Swissinfo article
We’re in the midst of doing the preselection. So please send us your films as soon as possible and please spread the word.
To learn more about NWCS and/or to download the submission form please go to:
Looking forward to hearing from you and to receiving your films.
NALIPsters' Film is Now Out on DVD
"Thieves and Liars" (Ladrones y Mentirosos) by Ricardo Mendez Matta and Poli Marichal, is now out on DVD, in Spanish with English (and also French) subtitles. Ricardo was a finalist for the NALIP Estela, and their film was Puerto Rico's official entry to the 2007 Academy Awards, after successful runs there and elsewhere. Check it out from Warner Home Video!