Latinos In The Industry
  March 18, 2008  

Nava & Perez Win SiTV Producers Grant at 2008 Latino Media Market

“The Biggest Loser” meets “Dancing with The Stars.” That is how filmmakers Cristina Nava and Patrick Perez pitched their new show idea “Dance It Off” to SiTV execs at the Latino Media Market™ during NALIP’s National Conference 9. SiTV was looking for fresh entertainment concepts with a strong original hook! And they found something unique, creative, and different in “Dance It Off.” In this unique non-scripted program to be developed for SiTV, 10 overweight contestants will dance their way to fitness. Along the way they have the chance to cash in their pounds for dollars. Strategy is important because the winners get to choose their dance partner for the following week. “Dance It Off” is a timely and exciting addition to the reality competition genre.

SiTV VP of Programming Eyal Shemtov sees “Dance It Off” as a strong show, “It combines identifiable elements of Latino culture within the show.” “Dance It Off” also combines two successful ideas of the reality genre, dancing and weight loss, and they are complimenting each other very well in the show. SiTV wants filmmakers and TV producers to think about ideas that are marketable to all markets, shows that embrace both Latino content and universal ideas.

SiTV targets young mainstream Latinos in a variety of platforms (TV, web, mobile). SiTV sees itself as lifestyle network and they are constantly on the lookout for reality programming (comedic, competitive, or just plain interesting personalities), talk shows, games, sports, and unique music programming. SiTV awarded Cristina Nava and Patrick Perez a $2,000 grant plus a development option for their concept pitched at the 2008 Latino Media Market™. 

Under the Same Moon / La Misma Luna - Opens March 19

Finally Opening!!!

Patricia Riggen's UNDER THE SAME MOON / LA MISMA LUNA is opening this week -- on Wednesday March 19!

Do not miss this beautiful film, and the opportunity to support our Latino filmmaking community!

See you at the movies.

Upcoming U.S.-Mexico Border States Conference

U.S.-MEXICO BORDER STATES CONFERENCE: Filmmaking, Economic Development, and Intellectual Property Rights

March 27-28, 2008 The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

This conference recognizes the significant economic development, artistic, and cultural impact of filmmaking on the border states of the U.S. and Mexico and the need to protect intellectual property rights so that this creative and job-creation activity continues to thrive and flourish in this dynamic border community.

Presenters, panelists, and attendees will include: U.S. and Mexican government officials (federal, state, and local) and legislators; representatives from film commissions and film festivals; economic development officers; film producers, directors and screenwriters; and university faculty and students in the fields of film, international business, and law.

For Conference program and registration information, please visit:

Call for Entries: HollyShorts Film Festival

The 4th annual HollyShorts Short Film Festival, which takes place August 7-10th, 2008 is accepting entries, and is giving $10 OFF the entrance fee if you mention!

"On the heels of last year's HollyShorts, which featured 60 of the best short films from around the world, we are looking forward to a strong slate of submissions for the fourth annual event, which will open at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood" said co-founer Daniel Sol. "With great industry support from Action Audio and Visual, which last year donated a $3000 Audio rental package for a week shoot to our Best Short Winner, as well as other great sponsor prizes, this year's festival is poised to be fantastic and feature some of the most talented filmmakers, along with great prizes, celebrity attendance, insightful panels, and press."

All short films must be 30 minutes or under. Categories include Short Live Action, Short Animation, Short Documentary, Student Short ($5 Discount for all Student shorts), and Music Video (7 minutes or under).

* Prizes include the studio package, cash prizes, film equipment and camera rental package, software package, gift bags, distribution on DVD, and many more! Prize categories include Best Short, Best Drama, Audience choice, Best Comedy, Best Doc, Best Animation, and Best Actor and Actress, plus many more!

Mention on your application, and get $10 OFF your entry fee! Student Submissions get an EXTRA $5 OFF! ($15 off with InfoList discount!)

Regular Deadline: April 11th, 2008 - $25 (normally $35!)
Extended Deadline: May 16th, 2008 - $35 (normally $45!)

Regular Deadline: April 11th, 2008 - $10 (normally $20!)
Extended Deadline: May 16th, 2008 - $20 (normally $30!)

Also, mention Jeff Gund and, and get 50% OFF of tickets for the event! (August 7-10th, 2008)

HollyShorts next monthly screening is March 14th, mention for $5 tickets at the door!

You may print out this email for your convenience to get your discount when coming to an event, or when submitting your application!

Please visit the Hollyshorts website for information on submitting directly to Hollyshorts via mail:

About HollyShorts
HollyShorts Short Film Festival is an annual short film festival showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe. HollyShorts is devoted to the advancement filmmakers through screenings, Q&A sessions and networking events. The HollyShorts Film festival showcases the top short films produced 30-minutes or less.

Hollyshorts Film Festival takes place:
AUGUST 7th-10th, 2008
at The Egyptian Theater and Sunset 5 Laemmle, in Hollywood, CA.

For Questions or other information, please contact:
Theo Dumont/Daniel Sol
HollyShorts Film Festival
phone: (818) 760-9897



S.J. Main-Munoz
Short screening at AFI Dallas

The short western film LUCK OF THE DRAW, starring James Duval and Chris Mulkey, and directed by NALIP member S.J. Main-Munoz will be screening as part of the Official Shorts Program of the AFI Dallas International Film Festival, running March 27th - April 6th.



Anthony Minghella Dies at 54
(Variety) - Anthony Minghella, the Oscar-winning director and writer of “The English Patient,” died Tuesday. He was 54. FULL STORY

Beyond the Art House
(indieWIRE) - Commercial urban art houses are often so filled up with studio specialty division releases that truly independent films have a tough time getting in. But a vibrant and varied alternative scene is growing to get these endangered small movies seen - and maybe even to make a little money. FULL STORY

"Desert Inside" Wins Six Major Prizes at Guadalajara
( - Pla's follow-up to his hit La Zona takes best film, screenplay, actor, actress and audience awards, Eimbcke is named best director and Olivares' 14 Kilometers wins the Iberoamerican feature prize. FULL STORY (subscription)


Jobs & Opportunities

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

Manager Talent Development for SiTV's Digital Media Team
SiTV is currently looking for a Manager Talent Development to join our winning Digital Media team. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Bilingual Coordinator for "Plaza Sesamo"
Looking for a bilingual (Spanish/ English) coordinator to work on PLAZA SESAMO (Sesame Street). FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: Mexican Grandmother, Latino Male (Bay Area)
Synopsis: A dynamic duo of vigilante PETA agents police the Bay Area. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Editor for Short Film
I am looking for an editor to re-edit a short film. Currently it is 5.13 minutes and needs to be cut to about 3.30 minutes. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Assistant to Oscar-Nominated Director (NY)
High-profile, extremely busy film producer/director seeking a full-time Executive Assistant. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


From the Editor


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