Documentary Makers: Don't Miss Your Chance to Pitch or Show Off Your Trailer at Conference 9
Sign up today for 2 unique opportunities available to Documentary makers with projects in progress!
First – back by popular demand – the Sample Tape Evaluation panel. First come, first served – show your 3-5 minute trailer to experts and funders, get the very best feedback to create a killer sample tape. Sign up here, after you register at www.nalip.org/conference2008/
Second – repeated from last year – sign up for a chance to pitch your project to a panel of national and international commissioning editors. Panelists include execs from Sundance Channel, POV, Netflix, HBO, Sundance Documentary Fund, ARTE, and more. Limited spaces, but everyone can attend. This session will be a “how to” workshop on refining and packaging your idea, crafting a selling document, and constructing your pitch. This panel will help you incorporate key elements and maximize your chances of success. REMEMBER: You must attend this Saturday panel to pitch your great idea on Sunday in the PITCH FORUM. There will be spots for 8-12 documentary filmmakers available to make 3-5 minute pitches. You will be notified at the Conference if you are selected. Prepare your pitch and bring a trailer on DVD.
So sign up now to secure your spot at www.nalip.org/conference2008/
Disney•ABC Television Group Now Accepting Applications for the 2008 ABC•Directors Guild of America Television Directing Fellowship
The Disney·ABC Television Group is accepting applications now through February 29th for the 2008 ABC·DGA Television Directing Fellowship Program. Launched in 2001, the program provides many opportunities for its Fellows including a chance to work alongside ABC, ABC Family and/or Disney Channel series directors.
Several talented alumni of the program have taken the experience and exposure from the Fellowship and parlayed it into successful directing careers. Most notable on the television series front is Seith Mann (2005) who was recently nominated for an NAACP Image Award for his work on HBO's comedy "Entourage" and NBC's drama "Friday Night Lights." His additional directing credits include ABC's "Brothers & Sisters," CBS's "Cold Case" and HBO's "The Wire." Additionally, Dennis Lee (2006) recently directed his first full-length feature film, "Fireflies in the Garden," starring Academy Award-winning actress Julia Roberts and Carrie-Anne Moss ("The Matrix" trilogy) which is slated for release later this year.
Up-and-coming directors who land a coveted spot in the program will become Disney·ABC employees with a salary and full benefits; have the chance to observe various DGA directors working on series aired on Disney·ABC Television Group networks (ABC, ABC Family & Disney Channel); and develop relationships with key industry executives, producers and agents.
Deadline for Entry is February 29, 2008
Applications and detailed submission guidelines can be obtained at www.disneyabctalentdevelopment.com
Converge Entertainment Debuts as Sponsor of Sol Dance
converge entertainment, LLC, a Los Angeles based film sales and consulting company focused on Latino themed content, makes its debut as a sponsor of the 2008 Sol Dance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, January 20, 2008-January 22, 2008.
Representing the fusion of American and Latino cultures in independent filmmaking, converge entertainment is a film sales, representation, and consulting firm solely focused on supplying high quality, English and Bilingual Latino themed film content across domestic and global multi-dimensional content distribution platforms.
“The Sol Dance Film Festival is the perfect complement to the Sundance Festival, and we are delighted to be a sponsor,” said Laura Perez, President of converge entertainment. “Converge entertainment and the Festival share the same underlying philosophy--empowerment of Latino independent filmmakers. The Festival will showcase the exciting new voices of Latino independent film--many of who are our fellow NALIP members. Sponsoring the Festival helps ensure those voices will be heard.”
Added Katharyn Bond Márquez, CEO of the company, “There is a great demand for Latino films that express the rich diversity and multi-cultural experiences of Latinos. But Latino independent filmmakers often have two very big hurdles--accessing capital to make films and securing representation for distribution. We want to narrow those gaps by being the nexus that brings together independent Latino filmmakers and content distributors.”
Sol Dance Film Festival is a 3-day event, January 20-22, 2008 taking place at the Anheuser-Busch Filmmaker Discovery House in Park City, Utah. All events take place at Bear Path Lodge, Bud Light Filmmaker Discovery House, 5425 Bobsled Blvd., Park City, UT. The opening night event is January 20th at 7:30pm, featuring master of ceremony Cheech Marin. RSVP at www.soldancefilmfest.com. converge entertainment will attend the opening ceremony.
In addition to being a sponsor of the Sol Dance film Festival, converge entertainment will be attending the Sundance Film Festival from January 20, 2008 through January 25, 2008. Filmmakers attending the festivals who want to learn more about converge entertainment’s services, should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
For more information about converge entertainment and film submissions, please visit www.convergeent.com.
LATV Networks Acquires American Latino TV
LATV Networks, LLC (LATV), the nation's first bilingual music/entertainment network distributed via digital multicast, announced today that it has acquired American Latino TV(ALTV), the syndication and production company for English-language television shows created by and for bicultural/bilingual U.S. Latinos. The multi-million dollar agreement includes numerous award-winning broadcast syndicated properties such as the weeklies American Latino TV and LatiNation, ALTV's substantial library of video content as well as the New York City-based production, sales and marketing office. In addition, the deal marks LATV's entry into broadcast syndication.
"LATV and American Latino TV have both been at the forefront of shaping the bi-cultural programming marketplace by delivering unique, compelling programming to an ever-growing audience. The synergies between the two companies made it a natural acquisition for LATV as we continue with our mission of reaching today's Hispanic youth market," said Howard Bolter, LATV President and COO. "This deal will greatly enhance our distribution relationships, complement our programming strategy and increase our viewership domestically and internationally."
As a consultant for LATV, former ALTV President and Executive Producer Robert Rose, will continue as Executive Producer of the ALTV weeklies, as well as overseeing LATV's broadcast syndication arm. ALTV Supervising Producer Renzo Devia will also join LATV as a consultant. Adds Mr. Bolter, "Both Robert and Renzo bring a fresh perspective to LATV and we are thrilled to have them as part of the family."
"With ALTV joining LATV, the company's consolidated programming assets and its extensive web strategy give advertisers a unique ability to combine the reach of established broadcast syndication with the frequency of a rapidly-growing digital broadcast network," said Mr. Rose. "It is a win across the board for our affiliates, advertisers, staffers and most importantly, our audience."
ALTV produces, markets and distributes high-quality, award-winning, original content focusing on U.S.-born Latinos and is the oldest and largest television syndication company targeting Latinos with culturally relevant, English-language television programming and media. ALTV's programming includes American Latino TV, LatiNation, and the American Latino Presents quarterly, one-hour specials including the American Latino TV Awards. American Latino TV is an award-winning program currently in its sixth season and with broadcast distribution in over 102 cities and 76 million homesrepresenting almost 70 percent of all television homes and over 90 percent of U.S. Hispanic homes. LatiNation is in its fourth season with distribution in over 90 cities, representing over 85 percent of U.S. Hispanic homes.
Orlando Latin American Film & Heritage Festival, Feb. 14 - 17 (Orlando)
2008”AWAKENING / Art & Culture Inc., a Central Florida 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is proud to present OLAFEST 2008 - The 4th Annual Orlando Latin American Film & Heritage Festival to be held from Thursday, February 14 to Sunday, February 17. The four-day festival this year will be housed at Premiere Cinema 14 at Orlando Fashion Square Mall and at 7 other venues across the city of Orlando, Florida. OLAFEST's executive director Nelson Betancourt and director of strategic partnerships Michael Deliz are NALIP members and founders of the NALIP Orlando chapter, and the festival's director of industry relations is current NALIP Orlando chapter president Jesus Silva.
OLAFEST 2008 will feature over 50 films in five screening rooms with a variety of Special Events including:
- A Tribute to Jacobo Morales, Puerto Rico’s most influential filmmaker, with a
special look-back retrospective of his works and the premiere screening of his latest
film “Angel”. Mr. Morales will be in attendance.
- Otros Aires, Argentina’s most acclaimed neo-tango band in their first concert ever
in the United States. Fresh from their European tour, Otros Aires will perform at the
OLAFEST 2008 Opening Night Concert. With free admission to all the concert is a
Valentine’s Day gift from OLAFEST to the city of Orlando.
- A Love Letter to Venezuela, is OLAFEST’s recognition of the incredible rise of
Venezuelan cinema and filmmaking prowess that in recent years has moved the
country to the forefront of Latin American filmmaking.
- The world premiere of "Muñeca," a film by Christina Soto.
- The NALIP Short Film Showcase, a two hour program of films selected by the Orlando Chapter of NALIP to celebrate the work of NALIP members.
For more information about OLAFEST 2008, the Official Film Selection, and the festival’s Program Schedule, please visit our website at WWW.OLAFEST.ORG
Call for Entries: Expresión En Corto International Film Festival
One of the primary objectives of the EXPRESIÓN EN CORTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL is to provide more opportunities for the exhibition and appreciation of short films and documentaries, rewarding the quality of these films with materials and equipment so as to allow these artists to continue producing film. At the same time, we hope to bring together newcomers alongside the industry's most seasoned professionals, combining forces in a very open, accessible and competitive environment.
THE ELEVENTH EXPRESIÓN EN CORTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL will take place from July 18th – 27th , 2008, in the two host cities of Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende, Gto., México.
The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2008.
For details and submission information, visit: www.expresionencorto.com