January 16, 2007


Submissions are coming in... where is yours? 3 days left!

Please DO NOT miss this chance to advance your career and your projects!

Deadline is January 19, 2007

Do you have a project ready to finance or distribute?

Are you ready to meet with Executives, Producers, and Funders that can bring contacts and funding to your projects? One of our most powerful Signature Programs is coming back in March 2007!

The Latino Media Market, presented during our National Conference in Newport Beach, CA

Follow this link and download your application now! http://nalip.org/conference2007/LMM.html

Any questions please contact Octavio Marin moramar@nalip.org or Mateo Nagassi mateonagassi@nalip.org at 310-395-8880


Are you concerned about the current state of Latinos working in the film and television industries? Are you a Latina/o artist, actor, or cineaste looking to give back to your artistic and cultural community? Or are you a film student looking for credit and experience working in an entertainment and/or non-profit environment? If so, here is your chance to contribute to the success of the nation's premier Latino media arts organization.

The National Association of Latino Independent Producers, an organization committed to the advancement, development and funding of Latino Media Artists in all genres, seeks reliable and enthusiastic office and membership interns for the winter/spring of 2007.

Intern candidates should have excellent office skills, administrative experience as well as a strong interest in Film/Television and the Latino Community. Typical intern duties will include, but not be limited to: phone, database entry and administrative jobs; assisting the Membership Coordinator with new and renewal membership applications; general office tasks and community outreach. Knowledge of Spanish is helpful, but not required.

We are interested in candidates who will be available at least one, possibly two days a week, beginning in mid-January. The position will run through the spring or early summer. Our office is located in Santa Monica, a short walk from the coast and Third Street Promenade. This is an unpaid position. We offer course credit and a complimentary one year membership to NALIP. Due to proximity, students at UCLA, SMCC and Loyola Marymount are especially encouraged to apply.

This is a wonderful opportunity to work with a talented team, to familiarize yourself with the entertainment industry and gain valuable experience working with executives.

Please e-mail your resume to Daniel Eduvijes Carrera at membership@nalip.org as an attachment in either Word or PDF format, and please provide a brief cover e-mail explaining your interest in working with us. Also, please visit us at www.nalip.org to learn more about our exciting signature programs, our Latino Media Resource Guide and the up-coming Conference in Newport Beach, CA!

Imagen Job Fair


Application Deadline: Saturday, March 31.

Celebrating eight years of Latino cinematic excellence, NYILFF is committed to showcasing films and artists that offer expansive depictions of Latino culture to a cross-section of our diverse nationalities and communities. NYILFF screens films from North, Central and South America and the Caribbean made by, about and/or for the Latino community. Emerging beyond just a film festival and into a premiere marketplace for Latino film, the festival attracts over 20,000 attendees and industry executives from throughout the U.S.

NYILFF will consider films from North, Central and South America and the Caribbean 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 2005. 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.

Previous NYILFF premieres include:
Favela Rising, Quinceanera, Rikers High, Imagining Argentina, Girlfight, Raising Victor Vargas, Empire, Crazy/Beautiful, Nicotina, A Day Without a Mexican, Undefeated, Manito, Washington Heights, Rhythm of The Saints... to name a few.

More information and to download an application and regulation form please log to the festival's website:

N.Y. International Latino Film Festival
419 Lafayette St., 3rd Floor
New York, N.Y. 10003

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The American Pavilion has been the focus of the U.S. film industry's presence at the Cannes International Film Festival since 1989. Serving as a communications and hospitality center for journalists, publicists, celebrities, filmmakers and motion picture executives working at the Festival, The Pavilion is centrally located on the beach beside the Palais des Festivals (the main Festival venue for screenings and special events) and the Marché du Film, the Cannes Film Market, which boasts 2,612 companies from 74 countries.

For the past 19 years, The American Pavilion has offered film students the chance to participate in its Student Program, a work-study program that takes place at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Students who are accepted stay in Cannes for the duration of the Festival, completing a work placement and participating in educational workshops, seminars, pitch sessions, roundtable discussions and screenings. Each Program participant is given an official accreditation badge, allowing access to the Festival and Film Market that is otherwise available only to industry professionals. Approximately 140 students are accepted each year.

Because the Festival is not open to the general public, this work-study program is unique and highly competitive. The American Pavilion Selection Committee accepts applications between the date they are made available and the General application deadline (February 1, 2007). Payment of the program fee is due two weeks after notification of acceptance.

The application process for Cannes has two stages. The first is submission of the materials listed below by one of the two deadlines; the second is a phone interview. If an applicant is selected for the second stage, he or she will be contacted via email by The American Pavilion to schedule the interview.
Applicants must submit the following in ONE 8 1/2 by 11" (or larger) envelope, in the following order:
1. $50 non-refundable application fee by credit card (online) or check/money order payable to "The American Pavilion" (an insufficient funds check will delay the processing of your application and you will incur a $10 to $15 insufficient funds charge)
2. General Information Form (submit online, do not need a copy in the envelope)
3. Essay questions (submit online, do not need a copy in the envelope)
4. Copy of college transcript (submitted by applicant, not university; unofficial is acceptable)
5. Current resumé
6. Typed letter of recommendation from a professor on school letterhead (submitted by applicant, not professor)
7. Typed letter of recommendation from an employer on company letterhead (submitted by applicant, not employer)
8. One standard passport-size photo for accreditation in .jpg digital format. Minimum size: 100 X 140 pixels. Maximum size: 1MB. File title must be applicant's full name (i.e. doe_john.jpg). Submit via email to cannes@ampav.com. You do not need to send a copy in the envelope.

Application forms for the first three items are available at www.ampav.com
Please note regarding letters of recommendation: if a professor or employer wishes to submit his or her letter privately, he or she may give it to the applicant in a sealed envelope.

Cannes Program Selection Committee
The American Pavilion
1107 1/2 Glendon Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Applications must be postmarked by:
February 1, 2007 for General applicants

Applications postmarked after February 1, 2007 will not be considered.

If you have any questions, please call The American Pavilion's Office of Student Programs at (310) 209-1300 or email them at cannes@ampav.com


Make room, Sundance: there’s a new film festival in town. Sol Dance Film Fiesta 2007’s groundbreaking three-day event will screen independent films by Latino and Native American filmmakers. Sol Dance will present from January 21-23 at the new Dolce’s Zermatt Resort and Spa in Midway, Utah, just 20 minutes down the road from the Sundance strip.

Sol Dance is dedicated to screening feature films, documentaries, and shorts by filmmakers whose lack of funds, resources, and other amenities have not stopped them from pursuing their passion for filmmaking. “This year is a celebration of Latin and Native American filmmakers,” said Elia Esparza, Sol Dance Co-Founder, a writer and former editor of Latin Heat and Estylo magazines. “The response has been so positive, and we are excited about unveiling our future plans.” Esparza, a contributor to the New York Post, says she envisions Sol Dance as an important home for Latino and Native Americans to compete, sell, and distribute.

Sol Dance will provide an added attraction to the 60,000 global participants already in the area. "We will share the same mountain and dates as Sundance and Slamdance and add an extra window onto the world of film,” said Virginia Barreto-Applen, Nicaraguan born writer, director and executive producer at Tattoo Pictures. “Whether you are of Aztec, Maya, Inca, Cherokee, Sioux, or Cree descent, Sol Dance recognizes that we, the indigenous peoples of the Americas, are all one nation. And we have stories to tell.”

Venezuelan born film writer/director, Betty Kaplan will give the keynote address at the industry luncheon, “Latinos in Hollywood’s Cross Hairs,” on Tuesday, January 23rd. “I want to open a discourse on what Latinos want to see and how to reach us,” says Kaplan. In 1994, Kaplan directed her first major Hollywood studio film, “Of Love and Shadows,” starring Antonio Banderas and Jennifer Connelly. This thriller about Chile’s brutal Pinochet government, released by Miramax Films and Disney, received both critical acclaim and audience approval.

Xenon Pictures will present a screening of two documentaries, “Los Lonely Boys” and the Reggaeton “Straight Out of Puerto Rico,” along with the feature film “7 Dias.” The Warner Bros. cult classic, “Boulevard Nights,” will screen as part of Sunday’s opening night events and has generated excitement among Utah’s car club aficionados. Esparza says there are several indie screening surprises.

Sol Dance opens on Sunday, January 21st with a full day of screenings, live music at the Zermatt’s Pavilion, and is open to the public. The next two days are packed with industry screenings and events. Utah’s Mariachi Zabala and Sacramento’s beloved musician, Aswut Rodriguez, a Latino-Native American, will perform with his band.

For more information on tickets, program, schedule of events, visit www.rocksoldance.com or www.myspace.com/rocksoldance07 or email rocksoldance@yahoo.com


Congratulations to America Ferrera for winning the Golden Globe for Best Perfomance by an actress in a television series! Following her debut role in Patricia Cardoso’s REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES, America has starred in features and shorts including HOW THE GARCIA GIRLS SPENT THEIR SUMMER, THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS, 3:52 and LA MISMA LUNA, premiering this year at the Sundance Film Festival. Kudos from all of us at NALIP!



Jan. 15, 2007 - HOLLYWOOD – It was a Halle Berry and Denzel Washington moment for Latinos at the Golden Globes, with the top award for best comedic actress went to America Ferrera for her title role in Ugly Betty and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu film Babel (which he wrote and directed) took home best drama. Salma Hayek, Jose Tamez and Silvio Horta were also Golden Globe winners.


Jan. 11, 2007 - LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - When the Hollywood Foreign Press Association rolls out the red carpet this coming Monday for its annual Golden Globe awards, perhaps the most surprised star strolling up to the gala event will be Emilio Estevez. Estevez's movie "Bobby," a labour of love that he wrote, directed and starred in, was picked in September to be among the top movies to watch this Hollywood awards season, but mixed reviews and a poor performance at the box office hurt its chances. Then in December, the HFPA nominated the movie for best dramatic movie, and just last week the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) picked the movie as a nominee for best ensemble cast. Full Story here


Jan. 12, 2007 - (CNN.com) - Red-hot Spanish actress Paz Vega sizzled across the screen in "Sex and Lucia" and the passionate "Carmen" - and now she's working her Sevillian magic in Hollywood. Vega, the daughter of a bullfighter, was inspired to become an actress by a theatre visit when she was 15. She trained at the prestigious Centro Andaluz de Teatro and her big break came with the series "7 Vidas," a Spanish Friends-style sitcom. The show's domestic popularity saw her become one of the country's biggest television stars, and she was spotted by Mateo Gil, who gave her a leading role in his Spanish thriller, "Nadie conoce a nadie" ("Nobody knows anybody"). Full Story here


"The Queen" leads the nominations for this year's British Academy Film Awards, but that's the most predictable aspect of a list that honors an unexpectedly rich and varied blend of British, American and international talent. "The Queen," with 10 nods, is competing for best film against "Babel" (seven), "The Departed" (six), "Little Miss Sunshine" (six) and "The Last King of Scotland" (five). Full Story here


The Writers Guild of America has tapped "Babel," "Little Miss
Sunshine," "The Queen," "Stranger Than Fiction" and "United 93" for
its original screenplay award and "Borat," "The Departed," "The Devil
Wears Prada," "Little Children" and "Thank You for Smoking" for the
adapted award. Full Story here


The story is nearly complete, based on a true story, and we need a collaborator to help with completing the story, as well as adapting the story into a feature film spec script. The story is a drama, based on the immigration of a Mexican family in the early 1900s. The period covered in the story is between the late 1800s to the late 1940s The qualified writer will ideally be Mexican-American, with understanding and knowledge about Mexican immigration history, as well as the Mexican Revolution up through the early 1900s. Must be bi-lingual and understand Mexican Spanish colloquial speaking (part of the script will be in Spanish with subtitles).

This is FOR PAY. Ideally, the writer would be in New York, but Los Angeles is also acceptable. A Director has been identified (a famous photographer and documentary film-maker).

If interested, please send resume, a writing sample (1 or 2 pages), e-mail and phone number to dave@700hill.com


Nielsen Media Research's Management Development Rotation Program (MDRP) is a challenging 20-month program for talented high performing individuals. Through special training, guidance and education, the program seeks to foster the development of future managers/leaders and provide a continuous pipeline of new and emerging talent to the VNU organization. The program is designed to develop a multi-skilled, multi-talented workforce through exposure to: our businesses, a variety of functional disciplines, and educational experiences. Upon successful completion of the program, participants are placed within one of our business units. Our next MDR Program will run from July 2007 through February 2009.

The MDR Program consists of three major components:
1) Cross-Functional Rotation Assignments: The main learning component of the MDR program is the rotation assignments which provide on-the-job learning and broad breadth of knowledge. Through project assignments, participants gain invaluable practical work experience. The assignments are cross-functional in nature and span across different geographical areas. The selection of projects/assignments depends on several variables including: businesses needs, participants background, experience, desired career path, and project availability.

2) Training & Development: Participants are also supported throughout their tenure in the program with training that will enable them to meet their development objectives. The coursework content focuses on the following areas: The Media Industry, Media Clients, Business Processes, Media Technology, and a wide variety of Professional Development classes.

3) Mentoring: Each MDR participant is paired up with a more experienced person (mentor) who assists the participant (mentee) in developing skills and knowledge that will enhance the participants professional and personal growth. The mentor provides direction to participants with rotation assignments, career planning, and individual development planning and post-program placement.

This highly competitive Program expects and looks for excellence in candidates who bring diverse backgrounds to innovation and problem solving. We look for well-rounded recent college graduates who possess the following qualities:
• Undergraduate G.P.A of 3.0 or higher (average participant G.P.A is 3.50)
• Graduated within the last 2 years
• Leadership role in college and/or extra curricular activities
• Willingness and ability to travel extensively and willingness to commit to a multiyear career with VNU after completion of program
• Must be willing to relocate anywhere in the US upon completion of the program
• Strong desire to enter and develop within the media industry
• Demonstrated background in taking initiative
• Capacity and motivation for hard work and commitment to excellence
• Strong interpersonal and written communication skills
• Excellent organizational, leadership and problem solving skills
• Strong PC Skills

If you would like to be considered for participation in our next MDRP class, you must submit the following required documents:
1. Your resume and cover letter which should include reasons why you are interested in the program
2. A copy of your official transcripts
3. A letter of recommendation from the Dean/college professor of your specific degreed Program.

For more information on the MDR Program or to apply on-line, please visit us at: www.vnummimdrp.com and click on Apply for Program. Deadline for the 2007-2009 Program is March 31, 2007. Or mail resume and information to:
Nielsen Media Research
501 Brooker Creek Blvd.
Oldsmar, FL 34677
Attention: Human Resources - MDR Program

For more information about VNU's Media Measurement and Information Group, go to: www.vnu.com and search under About Us and click on Media Measurement.


Seeking UPM/Line Producers (non-union) who can budget and run a feature length event-based mockumentary with a budget between 1 and 2 million.

This is a paid position with participation potential based on experience.

Email your resume to: giladcreativemedia@gmail.com



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


1323 Lincoln Blvd., #220
Santa Monica, CA 90401



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