Latinos In The Industry
  May 20, 2008  

Call for Applications: Sundance Institute's 23rd Annual Independent Producers Conference

Presented in the mountains of Sundance, Utah, the Independent Producers Conference offers the unique opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with filmmaking, writing, and producing colleagues. The conference takes place from July 31–August 3, 2008.

This year, the Conference will focus on developments in the independent arena and explore the growing divsions and contradictions between mainstream and independent filmmaking. During this intensive weekend of panels, small group sessions, and one-on-one opportunities with some of the best minds in the independent film business, participants will delve into topics including marketing, distribution, finance, the elusive art of pitching and the overall changing climate of independent film production.

To apply for the Independent Producers Conference, go to or email for more information.

Application deadline is May 30, 2008

“Something that is often overlooked is that every movie begins and ends with the producer. A producer must be able to identify great material, develop it, find the right actors who enhance it, and make it with fiscal responsibility.”
- Graham Taylor, Endeavor Talent Agency
Head, Independent Department

Call for Entries: NBC's Comedy Short Cuts Festival

Announcing NBC Universal's Third Annual Comedy Short Cuts Film Festival, a unique showcase of short, comedic films and videos produced with a culturally diverse production team, cast, or theme.

NBC Universal uses this festival as a pipeline for uncovering and developing diverse talent in front of and behind the camera. Semi-finalists' films will be screened before an industry audience in New York in September in conjunction with the New York Television Festival and finalists will be sent to Los Angeles for an exclusive industry screening in October on the Universal Studios lot.

The winning filmmaker will be given the chance to pitch to NBC comedy development and meet with NBC Universal's top network, studio, cable, and film executives. Additional prizes and opportunities are soon to be announced. Check the website for a complete list of partners and prizes from our 2007 festival.

Deadline for submissions is August 15, 2008 so go to to find out how to submit your film and get the opportunity of a lifetime!

Call for Entries: Imagen Awards


The Imagen Foundation is now accepting entries for the 23rd Annual Imagen Awards which will be held Thursday August 21st at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. The official qualifications and categories along with the submission form can be down loaded from The Imagen Foundation website at: The Imagen awards were established 23 years ago to encourage positive portrayals of Latinos and Latino cultures in television and film.

All parties who have produced feature film projects including that have been distributed theatrically or at a film festival or television projects that have aired from May 1, 2007 to April 30, 2008 are invited to submit. For more information, please call 626-836-6100.

Deadline Approaching: CBS Diversity Institute's Writers Mentoring Program

The deadline for applications for the sixth session of the CBS Diversity Institute's Writers Mentoring Program is June 1, 2008.

The Writers Mentoring Program helps aspiring writers to break in and move up in the business. Each participant is matched with two mentors - one is a senior level writer/producer on a CBS primetime series, the other is a CBS or Paramount TV creative executive. Participants meet regularly with their mentors for advice and support on improving their writing skills as well as career advice and guidance.

For more information and an application visit

Deadline Approaching: Independent Film Week (formerly IFP Market)

INDEPENDENT FILM WEEK| September 14 – 19, 2008 | New York City

Final Deadline Approaching! Submit your project today to Independent Film Week, formerly known as the IFP Market. Annually, more than 1,000 industry professionals attend Independent Film Week; more than 2000 pitch meetings are arranged with buyers; more than $100,000 total value in the form of cash, product donations & services are awarded, including $10,000 grant - the Fledgling Fund Award for Emerging Latino Filmmakers.

Deadlines & Fees
Closed - Emerging Narrative Screenplays (writers, directors seeking producers);
May 23 - No Borders Domestic Scripts (producers with partial financing)
May 23 - Spotlight on Documentary Works-in-progress (filmmakers in production or post).

* NEW in 2008, if your project is selected, participation is FREE.
* Submission fee: $60
* IFP membership required prior submission ($35 level minimum).
* To submit:
* Contact: or 212.465.8200 x 222

Silver Screenwriting Competition - Enter by June 1st to Win

Enter The Silver Screenwriting Competition between today and June 1st and be eligible for a drawing to win a free pass to Jim Mercurio's Killer Screenwriting Class (a $1,200 value) AND a free copy of Pilar Alessandra's On the Page DVD. The drawing winner will be announced on June 2nd. Enter today at:



Adrian Tepehua Vargas
Named one of the most influential Latinos in Silcon Valley

NALIP member Adrian Tepehua Vargas has been selected as one of the Most Influential Latinos in Silicon Valley by the Mexican American Community Services Agency (MACSA). The committee selected the MIL from numerous nominations submitted by the public, based on their accomplishments, contributions and influence in their respective fields and impact on thecommunity as a whole.

Adrian Tepehua Vargas has been active in the Latino artistic and cultural movement for over 30 years as a theatre and film director, playwright, actor, musician, and producer. Is a past director of San Jose’s former Teatro de la Gente and was co-founder of “El Centro Cultural De La Gente.” He is also the producer of the documentary EL GIGANTE AWAKENS which illustrates the massive immigrants’ rights mobilizations of May 2006.

You can go to and vote for Adrian Tepehua Vargas in the category of Entertainment. However in order for your vote to count you must also vote for the top in each of the other four categories of Athletics, Corporate, Finance, amd Entrepenuership. The bios and pictures of each person are in the website under each category.

Christina Soto
Muneca to screen in LA

NALIP member Christina Soto's film Muneca will be screening at the Reel Rasquache Film Festival in Los Angeles.

MUNECA FILM SCREENING (5151 State University Drive,

Luckman Fine Atrs Complex
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, Cal. 40032

Saturday May 31 - 6:00 p.m.
MUNECA Christina Soto, co-writer, producer



Focus Spotlights Amenabar's Agora
(indieWIRE) - Alejandro Amenabar's latest, "Agora," has landed at Focus Features International, the company announced this afternoon in Cannes. FULL STORY

Paramount Backs Carrera's Mexican Drama Backyard
(Screen Daily) - Paramount has bought the rights to Carlos Carrera's Mexican drama Backyard from the film's co-producers Indigo Films. FULL STORY

Sheen Discusses Faith, Activism and Immigration
(South Bend Tribune) - Actor and human rights advocate Martin Sheen stirred the Notre Dame faithful Sunday with a lyrical address on activism, faith and immigration. FULL STORY

Sangre De Mi Sangre Opens in New York
(IFC) - Winner of the Best Film at the Sundance Film Festival (under its former title Padre Nuestro), SANGRE DE MI SANGRE is an exhilarating and provocative thriller from newcomer Christopher Zalla exposing the dark side of the American dream. FULL STORY

Otero Group Partners with Latin American Film Co
(Screen Daily) - Partnership between Costantini's Costa Films and The Weinstein Company forms new strategic partnership to focus on development of Brazilian projects. FULL STORY (subscription)


Jobs & Opportunities

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

Assistant to Business Affairs/Acquisitions at Maya Entertainment
This position will provide administrative support to the General Counsel, Director of Business Affairs and the Director of Acquisitions for Maya Entertainment. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


From the Editor


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Alex Mendoza & Associates
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Temple City, CA 91780

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