NALIP 2016 Highlights

Posted by on January 19, 2017

Check out out 2016 NALIP highlights!


As this year comes to a close, we look forward to a new exciting year full of opportunities and collaborations. It is never too late to show your support and generosity during the #SeasonOfGiving. Visit to make a tax-deductible contribution and #CreateWithUs as we advance Latinos across all media. The National Association of Latino Independent Producers is proud of all it has accomplished with your support and invites you to look back at highlights of an incredible year!


NALIP Media Summit: The 17th annual NALIP Media Summit took place at the home of the Oscars this year, the Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood CA, June 23-26, 2016. The Summit was presented by HBO and was the largest gathering of Latinos in media nationwide. Attended by over 1800+ diverse content creators, content seekers, industry executives, media and participants from narrative, documentary, digital and television - the NMS 2016 delivered an energetic and profound event - featuring over 45+ networking events, 135+ speakers, workshops, panels, screenings, and access meetings, relating to advances and challenges for the Latino media community.  It  highlighted NALIP’s signature programs like the Latino Lens Incubators, Emerging Content Creators and the Latino Media Market which had over 300 meetings over the course of two days, between high level executives and the 25 participants selected. Amongst the speakers and awardees of the event were the incredibly talented, Cris Abrego, Pepe Baston, Len Amato, Al Madrigal, Patricia Riggen, Rita Moreno, Justina Machado, Gloria Calderon, Gaby Natale, Berto Colon, Aubrey Plaza, Alice Braga and Tony Plana. The NALIP team put in tremendous effort and dedication to bring about a spectacular event and provide the necessary tools, networking opportunities and sense of community to content creators on all levels of their careers to truly move our members and projects forward.

The Latino Lens Incubators:
 Latino Lens Incubator is divided in 4 main areas: Film Feature/Short Film, Digital/Streaming, Documentary and TV. This year NALIP wrapped up a series of three short narrative films which tackled various social and present issues in society. From the environmental issue regarding the water droughts, (Swimming in the Desert by Alvaro Ron),  a dystopian warning on the misuse of technology (Windows by Maru Buendia) to the plight of Latino veterans and their reintegration of societyin (One Halloween by Rebecca Murga). These films were showcased during the NALIP Media Summit. NALIP is looking forward to the next incubation in 2017!

The Latino Lens Festival & Showcase: The 2016 Latino Lens Festival and Showcase presented by NBCUniversal, was NALIP's second annual showcase event aimed to display a wide range of voices and narratives crafted by Latino content creators, in the hopes of advancing the exposure and accessibility of Latino-crafted cinema, television and art forms.

This year, the Latino Lens Festival and Showcase featured theProducers’ Master Class led by Mike Medavoy (Black Swan, Rocky, Terminator 2: Judgement Day) and Sergio Aguero (Y Tu Mama Tambien, Red Band Society), a Showrunners’ Master Class led by Danielle Sanchez-Witzel (The Carmichael Show, NBC) and BenjaminLobato (Queen of the South, USA Network),and Short Films Program to prepare and showcase the talent of emerging Latino content creators. The Latino Lens Awards kicked off with, the Best Latinx film award to ‘Don’t Breathe’ by Director Fede Alvarez,  co-writer and co-producer of the film Rodo Sayagues was present to receive the award and gave a great speech. The big winner of the night was the acclaimed Director Pablo Larraín, who picked up the award for Best Latin American Film for ‘Neruda’ and received NALIP’s Latino Lens Award for Best Director. 

The Diverse Women in Media Forum:
The 2016 Diverse Women in Media Forum presented by Starz, PBS and CBS Diversity took place Tuesday, December 6 at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. It undoubtedly made the right impact with engaging sessions such as the “Executive Decisions: A Conversation with Leading Women”,  held by leading women starting with, Bela Bajaria, VP of Content for Netflix, Samie Falvey, CCO of Verizon/AwesomenessTV, Christina Davis, EVP of Drama Series Development at CBS Entertainment, Aisha Summers, Director of Drama Development & Programming at Fox Broadcasting Company, Gina Reyes, Creative Executive at Fox Entertainment Group and moderated by Julie Ann Crommett, Entertainment Industry Educator in Chief at Google. Following the first session was the energetic and truly inspiring “Producers’ Insights: Creating Hits as Women Producers”. It featured incredible producers including, Effie Brown (Duly Noted Inc.), Laura Walker (AG Capital), Michelle Knudsen (MXN Entertainment), Silvia Olivas (Elena of Avalor), Sandra Condito (Straight Up Films), Gloria Calderon (One Day at a Time) and moderated by CAA’s Talitha Watkins. It was a night of empowerment, making connections, supporting one another and advancement. Click here to watch video!

Thank you to all supporters, sponsors and partners who make each year successful and meaningful. 
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NALIP strives to advance its mission and advocate, inspire and promote for Latinos across all media and is truly proud and thankful of such an incredible year! We look forward to making an impact and providing more opportunities for our community of content creators, join us in advancing our mission and #CreateWithUs in 2017!