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Cine Sony and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers Announce First Annual Short Film Contest for Aspiring Filmmakers

Cine Sony, Sony Pictures Television’s premier movie channel for the bi-cultural U.S. Latino audience, and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) today announced the launch of Voces Nuevas, their inaugural short film contest for aspiring filmmakers throughout the U.S. Through January 31, 2019, filmmakers age eighteen or over who reside in the U.S. are invited to submit short films from two to 20 minutes in length. Judges reviewing submissions include actor and co-founder of Cinestar Pictures Zoe Saldana; Cinestar Pictures co-founders Cisely and Mariel Saldana; award-winning actor and producer Esai Morales; award-winning actress, producer and activist Lisa Vidal and senior creative executives from Sony Pictures Entertainment Worldwide Acquisitions and Screen Gems.

Voces Nuevas aims to discover and celebrate emerging film talent while providing a new resource for content development. Entrants will compete for the chance to win $10,000 plus airfare and accommodations for up to five nights in Los Angeles for the opportunity to meet with Sony Pictures Television executives there. The winner will also be awarded a scholarship to the 2019 NALIP Media Summit.

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The 'Made in New York Writers Room Fellowship' aims to identify emerging writers whose work offers underrepresented and fresh points of view. Fellows will be selected through a submission process wherein their original drama or comedy pilots will be assessed. Up to 12 finalists will each receive a minimum six-month fellowship, inclusive of a mentorship with a New York City-based showrunner. The goal of the Fellowship is to propel the careers of aspiring television writers and to position each Fellow’s pilot so that it is likely to be produced. Fellows are expected to commit up to 43 hours weekly on developing their pilots, attending programs and connecting with their mentors for a period of at least 6 months. 

Eligibility Requirements:

Be age 18 or older

Eligible to work in the U.S.

Reside in one of New York City’s five boroughs

Who Can Apply:

Individual applicants and/or at least one member of each writing team (teams may consist of no more than two people) must be a member of and/or recommended by one of the organizations below:

Be a member of the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) or be recommended by a member of the WGAE Diversity Coalition

Be recommended by NALIP