Latinos In The Industry
  March 27, 2008  

2 Paid Summer Internships Available at NALIP!

What:  NALIP seeks 2 energetic and reliable college-level students interested in working at the NALIP office in Santa Monica this summer. Two positions available: one in the membership office in non-profit arts management; another with our Signature program Latino Producers Academy. Minorities highly encouraged to apply!!

Positions include:

  1. LPA Assistant Coordinator- participates in all aspects of the preparation and execution of our 20-day Latino filmmaker development program. This includes processing the applicants, admitting Latino/a documentary and feature Fellows, preparing and then producing the Latino Producers Academy progrma, with top industry mentors for select film & documentary works-in-progress.
  1. Membership Office Intern- assists membership Office for Latino/a media organization including eNewsletter, member services, office management, phone and correspondence, database management and special project support, including community outreach at Los Angeles Film Festival and 12-day latino Producers Academy for feature and documentary makers in Santa Fe, New Mexico

    *Submit cover letter and resume to contacts listed below

Who:   Student eligibility for internship positions is limited to currently enrolled
undergraduates who reside in and/or attend college in Los Angeles County, will have completed at least one semester of college by June, and will not graduate before December 2008.  Please visit the Los Angeles County Arts Commission website to read the specific education requirements at:

When:  Both are 10-week paid ($3,500) internships, June - August 2008, for the summer in Santa Monica, California.
***INCLUDES travel to Santa Fe, New Mexico in August for 10 to 15 days as part of staff team.***

- Strong communication and interpersonal skills (excellent phone skills)
- Basic PC proficiency - Skilled in use of internet, e-mail, Excel and Word processing software.
- Organizational skills - Keeps files and work area organized.
- Must be energetic, self-motivated, solution oriented/problem solver, thorough, reliable and committed to high quality performance.
- Production Can Do attitude
- Flexible
- Awareness of or interest in independent film and documentary world.
- Maintains inventory and equipment to ensure smooth office operation.
- Demonstrates professionalism at all times.

Do not miss this unique opportunity – Apply for this job! (Deadline: May 5, 2008)
Octavio Marin-Signature Programs Director
Maura K. Concannon-Membership Coordinator
1323 Lincoln Blvd., #220
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Tel. (310) 395-8880
Fax. (310) 395-8811,

30th Annual CineFestival Announces Star-Studded Lineup

CineFestival en San Antonio, the nation’s longest running Latino film festival will celebrate its star-studded 30th anniversary from April 10-13 at the historic Guadalupe Theater. The theme for this year’s festival, which includes two Sundance award-winners, two world premieres and more than fifty cutting edge features, shorts and documentaries from around the world, is “Digital Revolutionaries: Celebrating 30 Years of Chicano Film and Video.”

The four-day extravaganza kicks off on Thursday, April 10 with the Texas premiere of the celebrated Sundance award winner Sleep Dealer by founding NALIP member Alex Rivera. The film, which stars Leonor Varela (Voces inocentes), Jacob Vargas (Selena) and Luis Fernando Peña (Amar te duele), is a Sci-Fi mix of El Norte and Blade Runner that portrays a not too distant future where sleep is a commodity few can afford. The film’s director Alex Rivera will be present for the screening at the Guadalupe Theater on April 10th.

This year’s CineFestival is also proud to host the Texas premiere of Searchers 2.0, the new film by Alex Cox (Repo Man, Sid and Nancy). Searchers 2.0, which stars Del Zamora (Repo Man) and Ed Pansullo (Straight to Hell) is a comedic road trip through the Southwest that follows two out of work actors on a quest to Monument Valley to seek revenge on a screenwriter who did them wrong on the set of a Western.

The 2008 CineFestival lineup also includes Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Padre Nuestro, starring Jesus Ochoa (Nicotina) and Eugenio Derbez (Derbez en cuando, La misma luna). The Ariel Award winning film El Violin, a powerful Mexican drama about an elderly violin player who must save his small village from occupation by brutal soldiers, will also be screened.

On Saturday, April 12, CineFestival will present the FIlm San Antonio / San Antonio Film Commission Centerpiece screening of Propiedad Ajena (Ludwika Paleta, Plutarco Haza), a riveting tale of history, Texas Independence and family secrets, which was shot in San Antonio last year. Two other feature films shot in San Antonio will also have their world premieres at this year’s festival, including The Bookie by local favorites Mickey and Gibby Cevallos (Barbacoa, The Brothers Garcia) and Barrio Tales: Tops, Kites and Marbles, a delightful new family film by Efrain Gutierrez, the father of Chicano cinema. The directors and casts for all three films will be present at CineFestival and are available for radio, print and broadcast interviews.

This year’s CineFestival includes workshops, student showcases, senior screenings, demonstrations and several family films, including the animated Mexican feature La leyenda de la Nahuala (starring the voices of Ophelia Medina, Jesus Ochoa and Manuel “El Loco” Valdez). Two red carpet gala celebrations will enable the public to meet and mingle with stars and directors throughout the festival.

Tickets to screenings are $8 general and $6 for students, seniors and GCAC members. A four-day festival pass, which includes entry to all the films and the gala celebrations, is available for $40 general and $30 for students, seniors and GCAC members. CineFestival is also offering a special “Five Tickets for $25” pack for families, friends and film buffs. For tickets, festival passes and other information, please call the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center at 210-271-3151or visit the festival website at

CineFestival is organized by the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center and is sponsored in part by the City of San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs, Film San Antonio / The San Antonio Film Commission, Texas Commission on the Arts, Kronkosky Charitable Foundation, Southwest Airlines, Time Warner Cable, San Antonio Express News, Univision Radio, La Prensa and Univision.

Call for Applications: ABC/ABC Studios Production Associates Program

This is a 12-month paid program, during which individuals from diverse backgrounds are placed in entry-level positions in the production areas of ABC Studios in Burbank, California.

Production Associates will be assigned to five main groups of Primetime Network television production: Production Management, Production Finance, Post-Production Management, Studio Crafts Management, and Business Affairs/Legal Affairs. Entry-level work within these groups involves basic clerical and administrative responsibilities and duties, such as assisting executives, preparing and photocopying documents, handling distribution of reports throughout the organization, answering and routing telephone calls and written communication, and carrying out pick-ups and deliveries.

After a screening and review process, the program administrator and department heads of each group select the candidates they feel will be best suited to successfully handle the responsibilities of the positions. The term of employment is for a one-year period.

Applications will be accepted only between April 1, 2008 and April 16, 2008. Do not submit materials other than those required with the application; no other materials (written or otherwise) will be considered. Interviews will be scheduled for May 15 and May 16, 2008. Job assignments are expected to begin on July 7, 2008.

For an application and further information, please contact:
Production Associates Program Administrator

ABC·ABC Studios
500 S. Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521-3367
(818) 460-7735 – Information Line

Call for Entries: 3 NYILFF Competitions


HBO has teamed with THE NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL LATINO FILM FESTIVAL (NYILFF) to find the next hot Latino Filmmaker. The HBO/NYILFF Short Film Competition is an opportunity for one talented filmmaker to receive $15,000 in funding to produce and direct on digital video (DV) an original short film narrative. The final film produced from the winning screenplay will be presented on screen this summer during the 2008 New York International Latino Film Festival.


New York international Latino film festival

NYILFF will consider films made by, featuring, about and/or for the Latino community. The festival will consider all forms: feature narrative, short films, documentary and experimental shorts. All projects must have been completed by no earlier than 2006. Projects in a language other English must have English subtitles. Films cannot have been broadcast (television or Internet) or distributed commercially in the U.S. prior to the festival. Exceptions are made for short films and documentaries. All genres are welcome.




For the first time, NYILFF will showcase works by young, up-and-coming teen filmmakers. NYILFF will also provide the opportunity to expose the youth filmmakers to a living, breathing film festival environment.

To receive an application please e-mail:

Call for Entries: LA Shorts Fest

12th Annual LA Shorts Fest is the largest short film festival in the world.  We are accredited by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences. In past years, 29 participants have earned Academy Award nominations. Last year’s award winners received prizes totaling over $100,000. The festival annually attracts more than 20,000 moviegoers, filmmakers and entertainment executives looking for the hottest new talent. We have honored some of Hollywood’s legends of the past: Charles Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, and Robert Wise; along with actors Martin Landau, James Woods, Gary Oldman and directors Tim Burton, Bryan Singer, Jan de Bont and Paul Haggis.

Regular: April 25, 2008
Final: May 26, 2008

Submit Online:

Chicago Latino Network's Schmoozefest 2008 (Chicago)

American Family Insurance Presents Chicago Latino Network's SCHMOOZEFEST 2008!

In its seventh year, the Chicago Latino Network's SCHMOOZEFEST is the LARGEST networking event of its type, which includes professionals and entrepreneurs (and those who want to SCHMOOZE with them).

Special guest and MC: Michelle Alegria, ABC 7 Chicago's 190 North

Keynote Speaker: Anita Alvarez, First Woman/Latina to win the Democratic Nomination for Cook County State's Attorney

Thursday, April 24, 2008
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Macy's on State Street
Narcissus Room
111 N. State St.
Chicago, IL

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets!

FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2008 (5:00 p.m. CST)
Advanced tickets $40
Tickets at the door (availability not guaranteed) $50

Tickets include premium hosted open bar; hors d'oeuvres (mole chicken wings with avocado cilantro cream; Mexican croquettes with grilled onion, cilantro ,and cumin; miniature Italian beef sandwiches on sourdough bun with pepper-jack cheese and ancho chili catsup); and plenty of schmoozing!



Francisco Bello
NALIP member to workshop doc in Tribeca All Access

Ropa Vieja FIlms is proud to announce that the OSCAR® Nominated team (for "Salim Baba," 2008 Best Documentary Short Subject) of Tim Sternberg and Francisco Bello have been chosen to workshop their latest feature documentary project in development, the UNTITLED DAFEN PROJECT, at this year's Tribeca All Access.

Decades after the Cultural Revolution led to the arrests and shattered careers of many Western-Style artists in China, in the suburb of Dafen 60% of the world's reproductions of paintings from the Renaissance to Modernism are made by hand for individual and corporate commissions. The UNTITLED DAFEN PROJECT will be a feature length documentary investigating the role of art, authenticity and its human cost in today's globalized world.

The UNTITLED DAFEN PROJECT is being jointly co-produced and co-directed by Francisco Bello and Tim Sternberg through Ropa Vieja Films. Presently Bello and Sternberg are seeking funding to begin principal photography on location in China.

According to the Tribeca Film Institute, "The 37 narrative and documentary directors and screenwriters were selected to participate from an open call for submissions, which garnered over 550 entries from across the country."

For more info on Triebca All Access please visit the official website.

For more info on Ropa Vieja Films please visit:

Mathias J. Perez
Screenplay takes 3rd in Phoenix Film Fest comp

NALIP member Mathias J. Perez's original screenplay, Honor Bound, won 3rd Place in the Phoenix Film Festival screenplay competition. This award comes on the heels of the script being named a finalist in the Latino Screenplay Competition. The screenplay is available for production.



Torresblanco to Speak at US-Mexico Border States Conference
( - Conference to take place in Tucson on Thursday and Friday, sponsored by University Of Arizona, MPA and National Law Center For Inter-American Trade. FULL STORY (subscription required)

New York Subway Worker in Hollywood's Fast Lane
(The Hollywodo Reporter) - A New York City tollbooth worker in desperate need of a car wrote a crime thriller script titled "Brooklyn's Finest" last year. Now he finds himself rubbing shoulders with some of Hollywood's finest, including Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, Ethan Hawke and director Antoine Fuqua. FULL STORY


Jobs & Opportunities

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

Marketing Volunteer for Film Company
Haiku Films has an immediate opening for a dynamic marketing volunteer & web assistant to come on board and help us build an engaged online fan base for our award winning films as well as keep up with film submission deadlines. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


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