May 3, 2007


Please note that NO WINNER has been announced. Please disregard any claim made otherwise. When the winner is selected, the festival will issue out an official announcement.

HBO has teamed with The New York Interntaional Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) to foster the production of films by Latino filmmakers and/or about the Latino experience. The HHO/NYILFF short film competition is an opportunity where the winner will recieve $15,000 in funding to produce and deliver his/her original short film narrative. The completed final film will be considered for exhibiion this summer at the 2007 New York International Latino Film Festival and on any of the HBO programming serivces.

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 11, 2007 and mailed to HBO/NYILFF SHORT FILM COMPETITION, c/o The 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

Last year, NALIPster 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.


DEADLINE fast approaching for Showtime's 8th Annual Latino Filmmaker Showcase. Committed to supporting up-and-coming Hispanic talent, Showtime is now seeking submissions from aspiring directors. We invite you to enter your 15-30 minute short film for consideration. Three to five finalists will be selected. These films will be featured on the Showtime network during Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15th- Oct. 15th) 2007. One winner will be selected among the finalists to receive a $30,000 grant to produce an original short film that will premiere exclusively on Showtime. Submission forms are available at or by e-mailing Sandra Avila at

Submit your film along with the official release form by May 15th to:
Showtime Networks, Inc.
Attn: Sandra Avila
10880 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1600
Los Angeles, CA 90024


I hope this letter finds you well. I’m Luis Rodrigo Garza Fernández, Programming Director of the Monterrey International Film Festival, which will be taking place on August 11 to 18 / 2007, in Monterrey, Mexico.

The purpose of this message is to let you know that the Monterrey International Film Festival’s third edition (the ninth organized by Voladero Film Workshop) is now CALLING FOR ENTRIES for FEATURE FILMS (fiction and documentary), SHORT FILMS (fiction, documentary and animation) and for the SOCIAL VISION SHOWCASE (non-competitive section with documentary shorts, features and mid-length films with a social theme relevant to the filmmaker’s community). Our call for entries deadline is on May 18th and the general information for submissions can be found at our website:

The Monterrey International Film Festival is today one of the most important film events in Mexico. Year by year, we’re proud to present to our great audience the best of the world film productions. Good luck!

Have my kindest regards,
Luis Rodrigo Garza Fernández
Programming Director
III Monterrey International Film Festival
Washington #648 Ote.
Antiguo Palacio Federal, Planta Baja
Centro Monterrey, 64000
Nuevo León
+52 (81) 83424392


"LOS ZAFIROS-MUSIC FROM THE EDGE OF TIME" a film by Lorenzo DeStefano (

SUNDAY MAY 6 - 8:30 PM
1822 Vermont Ave. Hollywood

Box Office - 4475 Sunset Drive (corner of Sunset & Hollywood)
Box Office # & Info (323) 953-8340
Ticket hotline: 1-800-838-3006 (press 1 to order tickets.)

As John, Paul, George and Ringo were forming the Beatles in Liverpool in the early 1960s, another band was coming together in the tough district of Cayo Hueso in Havana. Music, history, and emotion fuel this dynamic, award-winning tribute to Los Zafiros. Playing a brilliant mix of American inspired Doo Wop and traditional Latin forms, they became a sensation in Cuba and beyond before dissolving in the mid 1970s from the effects of the fast life, infighting and changing political and musical tastes. Thirty years after their breakup, the two surviving band members, multiple-Grammy winner and Buena Vista Social Club alumnus Manuel Galbán, and the group's co-founder, Miguel Cancio, reunite in the streets of present-day Havana, a place full of unforgettable songs and memories for them and for their still-loyal fans. Evocative archival films and recordings of the group are interwoven with newsreel footage that vividly parallels the Los Zafiros story with life in Cuba at the height of the Cold War. Engaging performance footage and original interviews help family members, fellow artists, and friends create a stirring and definitive portrait of The Sapphires for a whole new audience.

"Emotion-charged...a beautiful, tender film." - LA TIMES

" appealing mix of artistry, nostalgia and unspoken political overtones...a musical, historical & emotional odyssey." - VARIETY

"A fabulous new documentary...affirms the power of music to unite people in a common bond." - CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

"A stirring portrait of post-revolutionary Cuba...vivid and moving... featuring a soundtrack that should not be missed" - FLORIDA FILM FESTIVAL



I am sorry to contact you with sad news. Our friend, technical advisor and gaffer, Gerald Jones, passed away yesterday morning, after a brave battle against cancer. He died peacefully, in his sleep. His sister Diane had just arrived from New York. She wants to invite all of Gerald’s friends to a memorial service, to be held at the Miami Beach Cinemateque next Tuesday, May First, at 7:30 PM (512 Española Way, Miami Beach) to share memories and watch clips from some of the films we worked on, including Red Bird.

Gerald was a noble, generous man with an uncompromised spirit, defender of justice, honesty and progress. He was a loving member of our film community, taking special care of the ones who were learning or going through creative challenges. He was an intellectual man with enormous knowledge in many fields, and he generously offered his opinions and advises to us. He shared his findings through his newsletters, always useful and awakening. We will miss him.

Gerald gave us many things in his life. Let’s make his passing also useful. Prostate cancer took him away in less than a year. Prostate and breast cancer are terrible diseases that can be prevented and cured in early stages of detection. Please, go to your periodical checkouts, and let not lose any more friends to this illness.

I would like to share two pictures with you. One, taken by Ronaldo Ramirez on the set of Red Bird. The other was Gerald’s Holiday present, taken last December. I believe this is the way he wanted us to remember him, smiling, celebrating, full of hope. May God take good care of him now.

Much love,
Emilia Anguita Huerta

WHERE: Miami Beach Cinemateque 512 Española Way, Miami Beach
WHEN: Tuesday, May 1st, 2007, at 7:30 PM





Apr. 30, 2007 - WASHINGTON (U.S. Newswire) -- The Latino Coalition has created a new film-related award, designed to assist filmmakers with artistic endeavors that help spotlight and bring attention to issues which are meaningful to the Latino community. This year, the award is for the upcoming film called LITTLE CUBA, (produced by Edward Bass, executive produced by Brillstein Grey Entertainment and written/directed by Andy Lauer) at the upcoming 2007 Small Business Economic Summit at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C. May 1 - 2. The Coalition expects a full spectrum of political speakers and attendees at the conference. The film award is part of a new focus on the entertainment industry which the group is instituting as they feel that nothing brings the spotlight to today's issues better than film. "Little Cuba" just received the Power of Diversity Award for a Feature Film Script from the Producers Guild of America. Full Story here




Chica Luna Productions has openings for five interns. All applicants must be able to start June 2007 and stay through end of August 2007.

Our internships are unpaid (unless as noted below) and provide immense hands-on administrative experience and a great introduction to the media industry. We provide college credit where applicable. All applicants must be able to commit to at least 15 hours per week. This is a great opportunity to learn in a supportive, creative and ever-growing progressive environment committed to social justice.

The ideal candidate will be a self-starter and have a great sense of humor, a wonderful phone manner, work well as a part of a fast-moving- multi-tasking team, possess excellent attention to detail, good follow-up and team player skills, lots of energy, interest in progressive politics, a sense of organization, an eagerness to learn, and a willingness to ask questions when needed. Proficiency in current versions of MS Word and Excel software on a PC and MAC is a must while experience in Final Cut Pro and Filemaker Pro maybe required for specific internships described below.

To apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter stating which internship you are applying. YOU MUST INDICATE IN THE SUBJECT LINE OF YOUR EMAIL FOR WHICH INTERNSHIP YOU ARE APPLYING FOR. A writing sample is also required for all applicants. All three pieces of supporting material must be submitted as an attachment in MS Word to by May 15, 2007. Interviews will be held the week of May 14th and May 31st. Please no phone calls or faxes. Staff diversity and equal opportunity are fundamental values at Chica Luna Productions, Inc. We strongly encourage people of color, of diverse gender identities and women to apply. For further information about our organization, please check out our website at

Chica Luna Productions is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women of color reach the highest levels of achievement in film, television, radio and print media through promoting the advancement, development and funding of their media. Chica Luna Productions exists to develop and support women of color in entertainment media who strive to use popular media to promote social justice for their communities.

Please read below for specific responsibilities and information unique to each position.

Chica Luna Productions is a nonprofit organization that seeks to develop and identify young women of color who want to produce popular media within a social justice framework. We currently seek an intern to assist us in the development of a popular media justice toolkit. Ideally, the Media Justice Intern will have an interest in media literacy and media justice; excellent research and organizational skills, proficiency in Final Cut Pro and Microsoft Office with a willingness to learn other software and technology as necessary such as Mac the Ripper and DVDXDV Pro, strong writing skills in both English and Spanish.

Responsibilities of the Media Justice Intern will include but not be limited to:
· Conducting online research
· Compiling and maintaining a database of media justice organizations and their resources
· Editing segments of popular media including films, podcasts, etc. to be used in pilot workshops.
· Videotaping pilot workshops and other events.
The intern will begin in June 2007 and will work no less than 5 hours and no more than 15. S/he must also be available on occasional evenings with adequate notice.

The financial intern would work directly with the Director of Operations. The ideal candidate should be an accounting student or someone who has strong experience with numbers, budgets and data entry. Knowledge of QuickBooks is a plus.

The editing Intern will assist in the following tasks:
· Maintenance and upkeep of editing stations and its wires.
· Logging and digitizing footage of all projects for the organization.
· Labeling any DV Tapes that are nameless and keeping an archival track record of them.
· Preparing multiple DVD copies of all Chica Luna Films, promos and events.
· Re-Sizing Photos in Photoshop and preparing them to import into FCP 5.
· Editing of actual Chica Luna programming.

Must be proficient in at least Final Cut Pro 5, IDVD or DVD Studio Pro 4 and Photoshop. Must be able to work individually and meet the organization's deadlines. Candidate must have excellent communications and technical skills, be organized and meticulous, and be a creative problem solver.

Specific Proficiency in knowing Video Capture and its appropriate Scratch Disk settings. This applies to video and pictures capturing. Detailed at In-house duplication, authoring DVD's, and creation of DVD Master for outsource delivery.

Chica Luna Productions seeks an intern to assist its current Director of Development with the completion and packaging of all grant and fundraising proposals for the organization. Responsibilities for the position include:
· Aiding in the preparation of grants (i.e. making copies, hand-delivering proposals, etc.)
· Researching potential funders for the organization
· Assisting in the maintenance of grant database
· Assist in the solicitation and stewarding of potential sponsorships from corporations, local businesses, etc.

Deadline and detail orientation is essential for a potential candidate. The ability to think categorically and to work independently and cooperatively to achieve common goals is strongly desired. PC computer literacy, familiarity with the World Wide Web, and excellent interpersonal skills is required.

The marketing, PR and communications intern must be a multi-tasker. She also must be detail-oriented, have a sense of fun and can work with little supervision. Excellent research skills are also valued for this position. Some administrative duties will be required. The intern will have strong writing skills, a wonderful phone manner, excellent attention to detail, good follow-up and team player skills and an interest in journalism, public relations, film and politics. The intern will also need to be able to streamline our online and e-newsletter efforts. The ideal candidate will assist in content production and other duties associated with creating content for and maintaining Applicant must have strong writing and editing skills, some knowledge of HTML and familiarity with graphics manipulation.

All applicants must submit writing samples and be prepared to discuss marketing and or public relations campaigns strategies that appeal to them and pitch/present a mock public relations or marketing campaign during their interview. Finalists will be required to draft a mock press release. Knowledge of PowerPoint is a plus but not required. Applicants with portfolios (writing samples, pr campaigns, marketing campaigns from school projects or previous internships) are encouraged to send in PDF format in support of their applications.

About Chica Luna Productions
Chica Luna Productions is a non-profit organization that seeks to develop and support women of color who use popular media to engage social justice themes and are accountable to their communities.


This position requires an understanding of the day-to-day, immediate needs of production, while being mindful of the procedures and controls necessary for corporate.


The successful candidate will be responsible for, but not limited to, the following:
- Extensive experience in all aspects of general and production accounting, cost allocation, payroll, purchase orders, AP, petty cash.
- Weekly payroll and the activities associated with this processing.
.- Experience in basic payroll data such as new hires, termination's, transfers, wage adjustments.
- Perform all of the steps necessary to update the payroll files in preparation for wage payments.
- Will ensure that proper financial approvals are in place before processing payments.
- Review and enter highly detailed invoices to ensure compliance with company policies and procedures.
- Enter all invoices and expense reports to proper general ledger account.
- Manage invoice approval process.
- Prepare weekly check runs.
- Maintain current status on all A/P accounts.
- Prepare year end filings 1099's and 1042's.
- Must be proficient in Excel, Vista and EP Budgeting.
- Must be proficient in Microsoft Office applications.
- Will have an understanding of annual budgets, annual forecasts, reporting, and financial analysis.
- Ability to develop and enforce sound accounting policies and procedures.
- Administrative duties such as filing and copying.
- Other projects as assigned.


The ideal candidate must possess excellent communication skills and be a confident self-starter who is extremely organized. We are looking for a team player who is comfortable working in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities. Must be able to express thoughts logically in written and verbal for a professional environment; must be able to interact effectively with all levels of the organization. In addition, a Bachelor's degree or Associate's degree in accounting and have a minimum of two years of production accounting (film industry) and administrative experience is required.


Qualified candidates are asked for forward their resume AND salary history to No phone calls please!


Mad Citizen Films is looking for a Director of Photography to shoot our short.
1 day rehearsal and 1 day shoot. May 11 & 12, 2007
Pay is negotiable.
Must have a reel we can view online.

email your resume and LINK to your demo to Paul and Zan at:

You can view our recent work at:


Palmarejo Films & Adam Schlachter ("The Oakley Seven", "The Stain On The Sidewalk", "My Backyard Was A Mountain") is looking for Latino actors and actresses for his upcoming experimental feature drama to be tentatively shot sometime in June/July. Must be familiar with the Meisner Technique and have great Improvisational Skills. SAG and Non-Union OK. Will be holding auditions in late-May / early-June.

TO APPLY: send headshots/reels/resumes to:

Palmarejo Films / Adam Schlachter
1158 N. El Centro Avenue #1
Los Angeles, California 90038


Primo Pictures is casting a 30 minute film titled, "The Boys", shot on HD. Shooting dates: First week of August.

Logline: A coming of age/ road trip story about four friends coming to terms on their friendship, lives and culture. We are currently seeking strong up and coming actors for the following characters. Its very important the actors look the age.

Diego ( 18 years old, Latino, clean cut, smart, the boy next door look, LEAD)

Jimmy (18 years old, a Latino James Dean, cool, guitar playing ability a plus, LEAD)

Ramon (18 years old, Latino, athletic type, stud, cocky, full of testosterone, LEAD)

Papas (18 years old, Latino, overweight, quiet, extremely shy, preferably tall, LEAD)

Stephanie (20 years old, Caucasian, blond, superficial, attractive, O.C. type, Co-LEAD)

Valerie (18 years old, Caucasian, free spirited, attractive, O.C. type, Co-LEAD)

Vanessa (18 years old, Latina, sassy, emotional, hard nose, attractive, SUPPORTING)

Lucy (45 years old, Latina, mother type, loving, caring, SUPPORTING)

Tio Cruz (55 years old, Latino, tough, overly worked, high tempered, SUPPORTING)

Skateboarder (12-14 years old, quirky, quick witted, SUPPORTING)

There is some pay, including copy, credit, meals, traveling, & lodging.

Email headshots to or send to 3520 Amethyst Street, Los Angeles, CA. 90032 Attention: John Carvajal   


MUST BE BILINGUAL (English/Spanish)

One of our well respected clients is seeking AMAZING Female bilingual promotional models for an upcoming 10 date fun-filled promotion in Miami, FL (dates listed below). It will be a BLAST!

1. you MUST be bilingual (fluent in Spanish & English)
2. You MUST be in Miami, FL for all ten dates…(if you cannot attend all tend dates, we can work with your schedule; however, preference will be given to those available for all dates).
3. You must be available for a conference call with the client if you are chosen (date TBD).

NO travel expenses will be provided.

Staff Duties Include:
Experienced promo staff to interact with consumers in a friendly, highly energetic manner; hand out premiums to consumers; and use your experience in promotional marketing to properly execute this program according to the client. These girls must be on-time, follow directions, and maintain their professionalism while having fun and a blast on this program!

June 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, June 30 and July 1
10:00 am - 6:00 pm (all dates)
PAY RATES: $175/day

Please email ALL the information requested below ASAP to Becky at:
1. First and last name
2. Mailing Address
3. Mobile Phone Number
4. Email Address
5. Brief description of your promotional marketing experience
6. Professional headshot and body shot MUST BE ATTACHED. We prefer professional PICS but email any PICS that you have...if your PIC is too big to send, let us know and we will give you an email address to send it to ASAP.
7. YOU MUST BE BILINGUAL Please state this in your reply.

We need this information quickly! Please respond as soon as you get this! Thanks so much!




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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