March 27, 2007


Deadline: May 4, 2007

Last year, NALIP Member Hugo Perez received the $15, 000 grant from HBO to produce and direct a short film based on his original script "Betty La Flaca," a humorous take at a young Latina's efforts to change her body image. His film won praise throughout the festival's celebrations.

One winner will be chosen from among applicants to receive $15,000 in funding from HBO to produce and direct a short film (on digital video) based on an original script entry. The completed short will be considered for exhibition this summer at the 2007 New York International Film Festival in July and on any of HBO's programming services.

The HBO/NYILFF Short Film Competition is open to U.S. and international entrants 18 years and older. Only original scripts will be accepted and must be written in English by a person of Latino descent or focus on the Latino experience, and entrant must hold all rights to material. The screenplay cannot be more than twelve (12) pages long and final film cannot exceed a maximum running time of five (5) minutes. Screenplay and work produced must not have had previous cable, television or internet exhibition, won awards at any other festival or been previously submitted to the HBO/NYILFF Short Film Competition.

Each entry must be accompanied by two (2) completed submission forms, $10.00 fee, two (2) copies of screenplay, one (1) PDF of screenplay on CD-ROM, filmmaker bio and photo, director's reel or last short film produced (DVD NTSC only), and one (1) executed HBO/NYILFF Short Film Competition release form.  There is no limit to the number of entries that can be submitted (see rules for more specifics).  Entries must be postmarked by May 4, 2007 and mailed to:

c/o New York International Latino Film Festival
419 Lafayette Street, 3rd Floor
New York, N.Y. 10003.

Applicants will be notified if their screenplay has been selected by May 26, 2007.  For official rules, regulations and submission forms, log on to


Deadline: May 4, 2007

The Imagen Foundation is pleased to announce that the entry period for the 22nd annual Imagen Awards is now open. Entries must have aired or have been released theatrically in a major market or film festival from May 1, 2006-April 30, 2007. The entry period will close on Friday May 4th, 2007.

The Call for Entry and the official entry form can be downloaded from the Imagen web site at Nominees will be announced in June.

This year's winners will honored at the 22nd annual awards ceremony which will be held July 28, 2007 at The Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California.

For ticket and sponsorship information, please contact The Imagen Foundation at 626.791.8140 or by email:


Ever thought about a career in comedy as a writer or stand up? Do you want to showcase for management at the world famous Improv? Come learn all about it at Comedy Seminar '07 and meet 5 great speakers all under one roof.

Daniel Tosh - National Touring Headlining Comic
Beth Sherman - A Writer who's credits include "The Tonight Show" & "Letterman"
Roger Lundblade - Top Audience Warm-up person
Frank Kelley - The Irvine Improv's Manager & Booker, discussing what he looks for in their comics.
Comedy Agent from the Gersh Agency - Discussing what representation can do for you.

This is a great chance to learn about the business side of comedy from the best in the industry. Take your career to the next level. AND, 5 people from the audience will be randomly selected that day to perform for the Improv's managment!

The event takes place:
Saturday March 31st from 11am to 3pm

Use the special link below and get $20 OFF the regular price! That's only $79 (normally $99!)
Click on the link below to get your discount:

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The Tribeca Film Institute announced the filmmakers chosen for the 4th Tribeca All Access Program for writing and directing talent. Among the roster of 32 selected participants, NALIP will be well represented by five of its members during this prestigious event - Akiva Penaloza for HANNAH HENRI (narrative), Joshua Sanchez for FOUR (narrative), Mylène Moreno for FANATICOS (documentary), and Edwin Pagán and Beni Matias for BRONX BURNING (documentary).

You can also see the full list of TAA participants and full synopsis by pointing your web browser to Tribeca Film Institute's website - - and click on Tribeca All Access.

TRIBECA '07: 32 Projects Set for 4th Tribeca All Access Program
by Eugene Hernandez (indieWIRE)

For its fourth year, the Tribeca Film Institute's Tribeca All Access program will showcase 32 projects by people of color. TAA matches African American, Latino, Asian American, Native American and Pacific Islander filmmakers with potential investors in a series of one-on-one meetings and other events during the annual Tribeca Film Festival (April 25 - May 6, 2007). Two filmmakers and one screenwriter in the TAA Program are competing for the Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award which include cash prizes.

"Tribeca All Access is now a recognized incubator for U.S.-based writing and directing talent," said Tribeca's Jane Rosenthal, in a statement. "We are very proud to present this platform to celebrate a multiplicity of filmmaking voices."

This year, two alumni from the 2005 TAA Program will have their documentary films at the festival. Benson Lee will be at TFF with "Planet B-Boy" about world championship breakdancing, and Jeffrey Morgan will debut "Lillie & Leander: A Legacy of Violence" about a woman who discovers a family secret hinting at decades of racially charged murders, according to a festival announcement.

Read the full indieWIRE article here



Mar. 22, 2007 - (Marketing Y Medios) - Telemundo's latest telenovela morsel, Dame Chocolate, pulled ratings in its first two weeks that were on the low end for the network's other novelas that were showcased at last year's upfront advertising market.

Almost all of Telemundo's prime-time novelas include integrated product placements, and Chocolate, which follows the life of an ugly, shy, young women who suddenly finds she's become heir to an incredible fortune, is no exception. (The cast includes the actor/singer Carlos Ponce and Prisionera's Génesis Rodríguez.) Advertisers picking up on the Chocolate opportunity included the home furnishings retailer Ikea, which created specially designed bedrooms for two of the characters.

While the ratings weren't as high as some of the other novelas, they weren't disappointing, said Ingrid Otero-Smart, president of Santa Monica, Calif.-based Anita Santiago Advertising, Ikea's lead agency for the Hispanic market. "I think they started a little slow, but they're starting to pick up," she said, noting that in many instances novela ratings improve over the course of their run. For example, Viuda's full run earned a 2.79 rating in the 18-49 demo, compared with 2.46 for the first two weeks. Full Story here



SPTI Productions is a group within Sony Pictures Television International that oversees the development and production of television programming for all services outside the US and for US Hispanic programming services. We develop and produce scripted and non-scripted television programming with extensions into mobile and other new media.    Programming produced by our unit is based on existing formats created by Sony or licensed from third parties and original concepts created or licensed through our local offices.   

We’re currently looking for a seasoned television professional to oversee the development of original scripted television ideas, as well as stories and scripts pitched by outside sources such as writers, producers and broadcasters. The candidate must be experienced in story structure, and have guided the development with multiple scripted genres, including telenovelas, sitcoms and one-hour dramas. They must have experience in seeing concepts through to the development stage and into production – including identification of viable series concepts, selection of writers, guiding the writing process, evaluating casting choices, giving notes on episodic rough cuts, etc.

The person in this position will report directly to the SVP of Development and Current Programming. They will also interface with series producers and commissioning networks on all creative matters during development and the early stages of production. They must be willing to travel, and they should have extensive contacts in the Los Angeles and international creative community.

Requirements: Up to 10 years of experience is necessary; must have an Undergraduate Degree, although a Master’s degree is preferred; strong negotiating skills a plus; excellent communication skills, both written and verbal; presentation skills; professional skills, both internally and externally, and should be comfortable interacting with all creative levels and management. Fluency in English essential. Russian proficiency is  a plus.  Additional language skills welcome.

Interested candidates, please forward your resume via our website:
No phone calls or faxes please. EE/AA/E


Casting Lead actress for a short, titled, "Look at Me!"

Becky: Lead. Latina in her late twenties. Attractive, plus size type, w/ strong eyes.

The short deals with issues of weight and liposuction. It will be funny and dramatic. Looking forward to your headshots. Send them to or 1725 Talmadge St, #5. Los Angeles, Ca 90027.

Shoot date: Beg. of May.




Alex Mendoza
Alex Mendoza & Associates
AMARTE Design & Digital Printing
9513 Longden Avenue
Temple City, CA 91780


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Santa Monica, CA 90401



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