May 10, 2007


Deadline: June 4, 2007 at 5 PM
*this is not a postmark date

Open Call is an open invitation to independent producers to submit proposals for a public television program or series on any subject that relates to or is representative of Latino Americans.

We are especially interested in projects that provide thoughtful dialogue and impactful stories giving voice to those not normally heard or seen. While proposals can take creative risks, selected projects must ultimately appeal to a wide variety of television audiences. Projects that reflect personal or individual experience should have universal appeal.

Funding Request

LPB funding will average between $5,000 and $100,000 for programs of most genres, including drama, comedy, animation, documentary, or mixed genre. LPB will consider funding projects at any production stage. LPB Funding for each stage ranges as follows:

Research and Development: $5,000 - $25,000
Production: $25,000 - $100,000
Post-Production: $25,000 - $100,000
Outreach: $10,000-$25,000

Submission Deadline: Monday, June 4, 2007 at 5PM (This is not a postmark date)

Applications must be received in the LPB office by 5:00 PM on Monday, June 4, 2007. Packages received after the closing date will not be accepted. LPB will not be responsible for postal service delays or late deliveries.

For complete guidelines, applications, application instructions and outreach guidelines please log on to


$60,000 Panavision Prize @ LA Shorts Fest
LA Shorts Fest "Best of the Fest" award winner will receive a whopper of a prize: A Panavision camera package (valued at $60,000) will be given to the winning filmmaker for a future project. The winning filmmaker will have their choice of a Panaflex Elaine 16mm camera package or a Panaflex Gold II 35mm camera package. Both packages include lenses and accessories. The filmmaker will need to provide insurance. The camera will be available for up to four (4) weeks of filming and the filmmaker will have up to 24 months (2 years) to use the award, but equipment is based on availability.

$100,000 in Goods & Services Awarded to Last Years Winners
We are currently hard at work to secure sponsors to surpass lasts years amount. We know that many of you are trying to launch other film projects. It's our hope that these prizes can assist you in bringing your vision to the screen.

8 Consecutive Oscar Winners in the Shorts Category
Adding to our record streak "The Danish Poet" was honored with an Oscar in the Best Animated Short Film category this year. We are accredited by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences in 5 of our categories: Best of the Fest, Best Foreign, Best Animated, Best Drama, and Best Comedy. You could be the next alumni added to our list of 25 Oscar nominated filmmakers.

Submit online at

About Us
LA SHORTS FEST 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization - We are the largest short film festival in the world. The festival is accredited by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences. In past years, 25 participants have earned Academy Award nominations, with 8 filmmakers actually taking home the Oscar. They have honored some of Hollywood's legends of the past: Charles Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, and Robert Wise; along with actors Martin Landau, James Woods, Gary Oldman and directors Tim Burton, Bryan Singer, Jan de Bont and Paul Haggis. The Festival annually attracts more than 10,000 moviegoers, filmmakers and entertainment executives looking for the hottest new talent as well as brand name sponsors looking to connect with the trend setters in Hollywood

LA Shorts Fest
1610 Argyle Ave. #113
Hollywood, CA 90028

The 2007 Latino Laugh Festival Spices up the Hollywood Comedy Scene this Summer: June 22- 24

Presented In Association with Time Warner Cable

Sí TV’s Latino Laugh Festival, presented in association with Time Warner Cable of Southern California, hits Hollywood this June with a three-day, cutting edge showcase of the best in Latino comedy. For the first time in Los Angeles, this one-of-a-kind festival will feature more than twenty-five performances at eight prime venues along Hollywood Blvd between Vine St. and La Brea Ave. All proceeds of the 2007 Latino Laugh Festival will benefit First Star, a non-profit organization that works to improve change the U.S. child welfare system to increase the level of protection and support all children deserve.

A hallmark event for Sí TV, America’s first and only television network to target the millions of 18–34-year old Latinos who prefer their entertainment in English, the Latino Laugh Festival in previous years has served as a launching pad for many of the country’s top Latino comedians, including Carlos Mencia, Gabriel Iglesias and Joey Medina.

“Sí TV understands young Latinos and their desire for compelling, culturally-relevant entertainment content, especially irreverent and clever comedy, which is a key ingredient in our programming,” said Michael Schwimmer, CEO of Sí TV. “The Latino Laugh Festival also gives us an opportunity to partner with Time Warner Cable and deliver this marquee event
that combines high value entertainment with grass roots marketing.”

Thanks to the generous support of title sponsor Time Warner Cable, this year’s Latino Laugh Festival comes to the heart of Los Angeles from its previous home in San Antonio, Texas.

“Time Warner Cable is excited to bring such a high quality, high energy event to the Los Angeles Hispanic community, said Jeffrey Hirsch, President, Time Warner Cable Metro Division. “With Sí TV and First Star as partners, Time Warner Cable can enhance the communities in which we live and work – one laugh at a time.”

As founder of Sí TV and creator of the Latino Laugh Festival, Jeff Valdez, a former comedian himself, has been the driving force behind the success and growth of the Festival over the years. Returning to work with Valdez are Executive Producers Giselle Fernandez and Barry Kearson who are creatively involved in all aspects of the Festival.

“The Festival provided the building blocks for what eventually became Sí TV and has earned its rank as the premiere showcase for Latino comedians. I’m really excited about the great lineup and unique shows we have for this year,” states Valdez.

Tickets will go on sale to the public on May 21 and will be available through Ticketmaster.

Participate in SILVERDOCS 2007!

Purchase a pass by May 17 to take advantage of the advance ticket selection period. Discounts available to NALIP members!

Also, there is only one week left to promote your film or business in the Conference Guide! Deadline extended to May 14! See below for Conference Highlights.

Don’t miss this opportunity to share your information with over 600 Conference attendees in our exclusive new Conference Guide, the indispensable day planner for conference delegates. Options include purchasing a Company Profile, half-page or full-page sponsor recognition, or receive two VIP passes in addition to sponsor recognition with our new Participating Sponsorship Package.

Company Profiles - $100
Include your Company Name, Key Principle, Job Title, Address, Phone, Website Address, Email Address, and Profile.
Please send your Company Profile and credit card information to Violette Davis at <> by May 14 as a Microsoft Word attachment. Please call 301.495.6750 to purchase over the phone.

Sponsor Recognition Space
1 Full Page 4-Color: $2500
1 Full Page B&W: $1000
1 Half Page B&W: $500
Please contact Anne Kneuer, Sponsorship Manager, at 301.495.6730 or <> for additional information.

Take a peek at our Passes and Packages:

On behalf of the entire SILVERDOCS team, we look forward to seeing you at the AFI Silver in June.

SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival

June 12-17, 2007

Show us your shorts! (Please?)

As part of the LATV Festival, produced by NATPE, the NextGen TV Competition is looking for fresh content, original ideas and new talent. Showcase your short videos (30 seconds to 6 minutes) to development execs from both traditional and emerging media. Your content will be in front of thousands of industry dealmakers. Awards include production fellowships, grants and first look deals with major media companies. More info at


Early Bird Deadline: June 5, 2007
Regular Deadline: June 11, 2007
WAB Extended Deadline: June 16, 2007

The Boston Latino International Film Festival (BLIFF) is hosting its 6th annual film festival
from October 12 through October 21, 2007. It is now accepting submissions in the following
categories: Narrative Feature Film, Documentary and Short Narrative Film. BLIFF Selection
Committee, representing the diversity of the greater Boston area, will select the films and
videos to be screened. The committee will look for innovative works that are by, about, or for
the Latino communities in the US or Latino America and Spain and have been produced between the years 2001 and 2007.

To submit your work, go to to download the submission form (available
in pdf format) and mail it back to us. If you are mailing in a submission form, please make sure to enclose your entry fee payment. Thank you.


(Including execs from Lionsgate, New Line Cinema, and more!)
SATURDAY, May 12th, at 1:30pm
The Charlie Chaplin Theater
Raleigh Studios
5300 Melrose Ave.
(between Bronson and Van Ness)
Hollywood, CA 90038

SPECIAL FREE ADMISSION FOR <> No RSVP is required, but mention at the door and your admission is FREE (normally $15!!)

FREE Drawing for Movie Magic Screenwriter Software
Parking is available for $5 in the structure at 655 Van Ness Ave., or metered on the streets
Mention Scriptwriters Network when you sign in at either the Bronson or Van Ness Gates.

For more information on this event, or the ScriptWriters Network, please visit: <>

For Immediate Release
Wellington Love/15minutes

**22 filmmakers and media artists receive nearly $750,000**

May 2, 2007 (New York, NY) – In a ceremony last night at the American Academy of Art, Renew Media announced the recipients of the Media Arts fellowships for 2007, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, awarding nearly $750,000 to 22 innovative and pioneering filmmakers and media artists. Film producer Jim McKay (Brother to Brother, Stranger Inside) joined Renew Media representatives in handing out the fellowships to some of the most promising and respected independent filmmakers working today, including Kelly Reichardt (Old Joy), Jonathan Caouette (Tarnation), Rob Epstein (The Times of Harvey Milk), Godfrey Reggio (Koyaanisqatsi), and Ken Jacobs (Tom, Tom, The Piper’s Son).

The Fellowships recognize the artistic excellence of 20 film, video and new media artists in the United States with cash awards of $35,000 each.  The program also awards two additional Fellowships of $10,000 each to emerging film and video artists.  The Fellowships are intended to provide support to filmmakers and media artists whose work represents creative risk-taking – pushing the boundaries of genre, form, technique, medium, and content – as well as social and political relevance.  Renew Media also awards between four and six Fellowships of $20,000 each to Mexican filmmakers and media artists.

“We are inspired by the breadth of innovation and creativity of this year’s Fellows. From emerging artists to those more established in their careers, they represent some of the most talented individuals currently working in the independent media field in the United States,” said Brian Newman, executive director of Renew Media. “Often, the Fellowship award represents the crucial ‘first money’ given in support of a project. We look forward to seeing the continued success of the artists awarded Fellowships tonight. We also applaud the Rockefeller Foundation for its 20 years of visionary support of the media arts, which has assisted nearly 500 artists in the creation of important works of film, video and new media.”

Further information can be found at 


The Media Arts Fellowships support artists working in narrative, documentary, experimental, installation or work that centers on dynamic, computer-mediated media, such as web art, robotics, virtual reality, and interactive installations. An asterisk * next to the individual’s name indicates a recipient of an Emerging Artist Fellowship.



Post-Production Veteran Paul Rodriguez Joins Ascent Media Group

DMN Newswire--2007-4-12--Paul Rodriguez has joined Ascent Media Group (AMG) as Vice President of Sales for Feature Film Services. Rodriguez brings more than 25 years of experience in audio post production to AMG in a variety of senior managerial and sales roles. He most recently served as Senior Vice President at Wilshire Stages. In his new role, Rodriguez will provide sales support for AMG facilities that provide audio services for feature films, including Todd-AO, Soundelux and Sound One. He will be based out of AMG’s Hollywood office.
“Paul has a deep understanding of audio post production and enjoys strong relationships with the major studios, in the independent market and with creative talent outside the company,” said Jeffery Eisner, Vice President and Sales Manager of Feature Film Services, to whom Rodriguez will be reporting. “His fresh perspective will be very valuable to our team.”

Rodriguez had been with Wilshire Stages, an independent provider of audio services, for ten years and was responsible for sales, operations, personnel, client relations and marketing. His background also includes senior positions with Four Media Company and EFX Systems. Rodriguez began his career with Eagle Eye Film Company, a supplier of editing equipment for film and television.

In discussing his move to Ascent Media Group, Rodriguez pointed to the company’s heritage and breadth of resources. “Todd-AO, Soundelux and Sound One are among the most renowned names in feature film sound,” he said. “It was the talent that drew me here.”

Rodriguez is a member of the Cinema Audio Society (C.A.S), a current board member of the Motion Picture Sound Editors Guild (M.P.S.E.), and is actively involved in the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (N.A.L.I.P.), Nosotros, and the National Association of Broadcasters (N.A.B.).

About Ascent Media Group

Santa Monica, California-based Ascent Media Group is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Discovery Holding Company (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB), which, through its Creative Services and Network Services divisions, provides creative and technical media services to the media and entertainment industries. Through more than 75 facilities in California, New York, London, Singapore and other locations throughout the world, Ascent Media Group provides effective solutions for the creation, management and distribution of content to major motion picture studios, independent producers, broadcast networks, cable channels, advertising agencies and other companies that produce, own and/or distribute entertainment, news, sports, corporate, educational, industrial and advertising content. More information about Ascent Media Group is available at

Edward James Olmos
Los Angeles Weekly Wed, 09 May 2007 3:13 PM PDT
One of the most curious sights captured by TV news cameras during the 1992 Los Angeles riots was that of actor Edward James Olmos standing on West Adams Boulevard, near the First AME Church, holding a broom.

Mayweather-De La Hoya PPV event sets record
HBO Sports calculates that the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Oscar De La Hoya bout generated 2.15 million pay-per-view buys, 1.2 million of which came from cable. The New York Times/Reuters/Hollywood Reporter (5/10)

iW NEWS | Fortissimo Acquires "Bad Habits"
Winner of best film in the 22nd Guadalajara International Film Festival's Mexican section, Simon Bross' "Malos Habitos" (Bad Habits) has been acquired in a worldwide rights deal by Fortissimo Films. The Cannes Critics' Week film is described as, "the story of a family with diverse eating disorders." In a statement, producer Juan E. Garcia from Garcia Bross y Asociados said, "We are really happy that we got Fortissimo for our film and we think that we could not be in better hands. We believe that 'Bad Habits' is a film which was born with a good star; it is an...
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Shrek, Please! Wed, 09 May 2007 10:31 AM PDT
Hunky actor Antonio Banderas still can't believe that he's paid major bucks for his voice. It was barely a decade ago that the Spanish thespian broke into Hollywood and had to recite his lines phonetically with the help of a translator.

Future or past for Rodriguez?
The Hollywood Reporter Wed, 09 May 2007 8:07 AM PDT
"Grindhouse" might have taken a drubbing at the boxoffice, but director Robert Rodriguez is very much in demand. He is in talks to direct a live-action feature version of futuristic 1960s cartoon "The Jetsons" for Warner Bros. Pictures, being produced by Denise Di Novi and Donald De Line.

Fortissimo takes on Mexican Critics Week selection Bad Habits
Fortissimo has taken worldwide rights outside the Americas to Simon Bross' Bad Habits (Malos Habitos) from Mexico.

California Honors Stellar Group of High-Achieving Hispanics Mon, 07 May 2007 5:16 PM PDT
Continuing a Cinco de Mayo tradition begun six years ago, on Monday the California Latino Legislative Caucus recognized a stellar group of Hispanics who call the Golden State their home. has forged an alliance with to bring you some great opportunities!

Handheld Productions - Boxing
We are looking for completed feature scripts about a boxer, perhaps about a champ making a comeback, or someone getting a new or another shot at a title.  
Budget should not exceed $5 million.  WGA and non-WGA writers welcomed.  
Our credits include: 'Getting Played,' 'Extreme Honor,' 'The Black Rose,' and 'Running From the Shadows.'

1. Please go to <>
2. Enter your email address (you will be signing up for InkTip's newsletter - FREE!)
3. Copy/Paste this code:
4. You will be submitting a logline and synopsis only, and you will be contacted to submit the full script only if there is interest from the production company.

IMPORTANT: Please ONLY submit your work if it fits what the lead is looking for EXACTLY.

If you aren't sure if your submission fits, please ask InkTip first. Please mention you heard about this from Jeff Gund at <> , and please email any questions to:


You could be the star of CW's New Reality Show: FARMER WANTS A WIFE

You must be:
* Single
* Between the ages of 23-30
* In good physical shape
* Have REAL farming or ranching experience, run or own your farm
* Confident both in real life and in your environment
* Able to charm the ladies!
* And have a fun good-ole-boy attitude

Be sure to mention you heard about this from Jeff Gund on for top consideration, and email ALL the information listed below IMMEDIATELY to:

You MUST include the following information:
1. Name
2. Age
3. Contact information: email, phone numbers
4. Please include 5-10 PHOTOS with your application showing: face, body and at least one photo with your shirt off!
5. Tell us about you and your farm and why you'd be perfect for the show!


Director, Shawna Baca is shooting a music video for a Latin Hip Hop artist from Chile. They were signed with Warner Independent Latino under another group and now venturing out on a solo cd. This music video will show in Chile as well as other Latin countries and hopefully, in the US.

We are in need of the following.

6 -Beautiful women who are willing to wear sexy attire. This will be done tasteful. Various roles to be featured. Preferrably Latina/Hispanic but submit all ethnicities.

3 - Nightclub bar top dancers. Should have dancing experience. Preferrably Latina/Hispanic but submit all ethnicities.

3 - Sexy Dancers to be featured with artists in a club scene. Preferrably Latina/Hispanic but sumbit all ethnicities.

40 - featured background to create a nightclub scene. We will only need you for 3-4 hours in the evening.

Shoot Date: Saturday, May 12, 2007
Location: Hollywood, several locations
Non-paid but credit, copy and meal. Great for someone who needs to build up reel.


Gaffer position - Paid

Editor - Paid - with music video experience, will ask for a reel of your work and since the music video is in Spanish, bilingual is a plus.

We are shooting the video on the HVX200.

Please send your resumes/headshots and availability to: For more information regarding the filmmakers, please visit:


Looking for Spanish Speaking Showrunner/ Executive Producer in Los Angeles for a nationally broadcast daily talkshow. Position starts ASAP with long term potential.

Requirements: Experience as Supervising Producer or above on a major studio based television show (talk, magazine or variety experience preferred). Show will be a daily mid afternoon talk show built around talent. This is a great opportunity for the right person.

TO APPLY: please email your resume & cover letter immediately to:

Only qualified applicants will be contacted.


New Company looking to shoot Low Budget projects in 2007!
Guaranteed Distribution!

High concept yet low cost and Indy friendly
Any genre (but horror/thriller/crime preferred)
$200,000 - $250,000 budget range.
Small Cast
Minimal Locations
Minimal Stunts & SPFX
Non–Union (but there is pay)
No attachments of any kind to scripts

Be sure to mention you heard about this from Jeff Gund at **, and email ALL the required info listed below to:
*You MUST include:*
1. Log line
2. Synopsis
3. Approximate # of Characters
4. Approximate # of locations
5. Your name and contact information

We will contact you if we are interested in reading the full script.



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


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



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