Latinos In The Industry
  December 21, 2007  

NALIP’s 9th National Conference
Sin Limites: Trends in Pan-Latino Cinema

March 7-9, 2008
Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa in Dana Point, CA

We are ready!

Sin Limites: Trends in Pan-Latino Cinema is NALIP's 9th National Conference.  Co-chaired by Producer Frida Torresblanco (PAN’S LABYRINTH), and playwright Elaine Romero (Secret Things). NALIP's 9th national conference will be a packed weekend of panels, seminars and workshops, keynotes, showcases and screenings focused on the remarkable growth in cross-boundary, cross-cultural creations that have developed in the Latino media landscape.

Registration is available online NOW!

 DO NOT miss out on all the great opportunities that Conference 9 has to offer.  Look for all the special signups -- Story Development Workshop, Documentary Pitch and Sample Tape Forum and Actor/Director Marketing Workshop just to mention a few.  Conference 9 also brings back our highly successful Latino Media Market.  Sign-up now! This is your opportunity to meet and network with hundreds of filmmakers from all over the world.

Worried about expenses? We will offer selected filmmakers the opportunity to attend the National Conference under a partial scholarship. NALIP will grant a limited number of hotel scholarships to NALIP, SAG, NOSOTROS members that are registered by the deadline and submit a scholarship application (posted on-line).  Accepted participants will share triple-occupancy rooms.  In addition, NALIP will grant a limited number of travel stipends to non-California residents, to reimburse a portion of their costs of attending Conference 9!

Visit us at for more information about Conference 9.


Octavio Marin                                      Jose Carlos Mangual                                      
Conference 9 Director                         Conference 9 Manager                                                    
310-395-8880                                                 310-395-8484

Tony Velarde
Conference 9 Coordinator

Reminder: Don't Miss DOING YOUR DOC in Boston, Jan. 11-13

Join us in Boston/Cambridge, January 11-13 for our NALIP signature program Doing Your Doc: Diverse Visions, Regional Voices. Don’t miss this unique chance to work with story consultant Fernanda Rossi, the Documentary Doctor, author of the book "Trailer Mechanics", plus receive project mentoring on your proposal, trailer or documentary idea.

This intensive 3-day workshop is right for you, whether you are just beginning, have already shot footage, or are seeking finishing funds. Click here for more information!

We are also scheduled for Atlanta, Jan. 24-26. Click here to register.

Call For Entries: The 9th Annual Toronto Documentary Forum

April 23 - 24, 2008, During Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival April 17 - 27, 2008


Project Presentation Submission Deadline: MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 2008
Observer Seat Deadline: THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2008


The Toronto Documentary Forum (TDF) is North America's premier market event for the international documentary industry working in the social, cultural and political genres and, new in 2008, will be opening its Regular Program to a broader genre spectrum of non-fiction projects in series and mini-series formats.

In 2008 the TDF will also be introducing the option for some of the pre-selected projects to select whether they'd prefer to present their projects to the public forum room or in a series of private meetings.

The TDF continues its Rough Cut Program for projects which have significant footage shot but do not yet have a market partner.

A two-day, limited-seating event, the TDF is focused around a slate of up to 38 pre-selected international project presentations showcased in either the public Forum Room or in private meetings. The TDF's intimate and intense format has proven extremely successful in building international partnerships and raising additional financing for both presenting and observing producers, as well as providing a preeminent source of up-to-the-minute market intelligence. This spring the TDF's 500 delegates will include 130+ key commissioning editors and programming executives, as well as leading producers, distributors and sales agents from around the globe.

For more information, visit

Elsewhere at Hot Docs, April 17 - 27, 2008:

* 100+ of the world's best new documentaries including the "Spotlight on Iran" and "Made in...Mexico"
* The Doc Shop - newly digitised
* Full roster of industry events and Sales Office
* Rendezvous




Consider a Year End Gift to NALIP

Dear Latinos in the Industry Reader:

Please help empower Latino/as to have a greater role in the entertainment industry. Include NALIP, (a 501C3 non-profit organization), in your year-end charitable contributions. Your gift will help us advocate for equity for Latino/as in media, provide networking and professional development programs, connect the viewers and makers of Latino films, and celebrate Latino/a artists' achievements.

Does your company have a matching gifts program? Let us know. You may be able to double or even triple your gift!

And remember, there may be considerable tax savings if you give appreciated stocks instead of cash. The value of your gift is 100% tax deductible because you are giving directly instead of selling and realizing capital gains. Check with your financial adviser.

So take a moment, and DONATE NOW.

Thank you and Happy New Year.

NALIP Board and Staff


Mabel Valdiviezo
Interviewed Online About Film, NALIP

NALIP memeber Mabel Valdiviezo was interviewed for episode 27 of InArtMedia. is an upbeat, uncensored, viral webisode series showcasing the independently famous by broadcasting Entertainment Media & Cultural Trends with interviews of independent artists, managers, musicians, filmmakers, actors, singers, producers, and songwriters from around the world, from high profile celebrities to struggling independent artists.

Watch the interview online here.

In the interview, Mabel talks about her film Soledad Is Gone Forever, an intimate portrait of a young immigrant photographer living in San Francisco who learns her father's remains have been found in a mass grave in Chile.

At minute 3:25 in the interview, Mabel talks about NALIP!



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Jobs & Opportunities

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

Editor for Short Film (Paid)
My producer and I just recently wrapped shooting on a short film, and we are now searching for the perfect editor to bring it all together. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Maya Entertainment is Now Hiring
Maya Entertainment Group , Inc., the only Latino owned and managed production/distribution/exhibition entity in the United States, dedicated to the growing U.S. Latino Market, is now hiring for several positions. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

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