Partner News 11/01/2021

Posted by on November 05, 2021

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We are super excited to share that we have partnered with @glafilmfest for a screening of Backstreet to the American Dream! It will take place at Secret Movie Club DTLA on November 6, 2021 at 4:00PM PT. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Ben Lopez from NALIP and Memo Torres from LA Taco, and later a reception with food from El Pescadito Lonchera! Get your tickets at GLAFF.ORG/TICKETS.

Don’t forget to check out GLAFF’s full program that includes galas, features and shorts screening programs, masterclasses, special events all of which is accessible to everyone. #GLAFF2021. All net proceeds will go towards supporting Get Lit - Words Ignite, a non-profit organization that relies on classic and spoken word poetry to empower and support teen and youth literacy.


Producers Guild, Google team on "The Short Film Project"

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The Producers Guild of America and Google announced up to two $50,000 grants as part of “The Short Film Project presented by the Producers Guild and Google.” This opportunity is offered exclusively to PGA Create Fellows from its recent scripted lab for emerging and mid-career creative producers from backgrounds underrepresented in the industry. This new opportunity extends Google’s previously announced lead sponsorship of the PGA Create lab.

Read more here.

Women at Sundance Filmmaker Program Names 2021 Adobe Fellows

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The Sundance Institute, the nonprofit arm of the organization that puts on the annual Sundance Film Festival, has announced the recipients of its 2021 Women at Sundance Adobe Fellowship.

The annual program will spotlight eight artists working across disciplines, and was designed to support women doing bold work in film and media. The fellowship prioritizes filmmakers from underrepresented communities.

Read more about the fellows here

Discrimination Against LGBTQ People Rose 13% According to GLAAD Study

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In a year when state and federal lawmakers have introduced over 100 pieces of legislation targeting LGBTQ+ people, GLAAD’s Accelerating Acceptance Study provides some clarity to what many non-LGBTQ+ people believe.

The seventh annual study surveyed U.S. adults, measuring their attitudes toward LGBTQ+ people. This year, GLAAD found that more than 80 percent of non-LGBTQ+ Americans expect to become more familiar with trans and nonbinary people. Other positive results from the survey include an increase in people understanding that LGBTQ+ people are a diverse group and an increase in understanding that gender is not only female and male.

Read more here.

TAICCA Brings Taiwanese Cinema to the American Film Market

The American Film Market (AFM), one of the key events for film acquisition, development, and networking in North America, has moved its 2021 edition entirely online from November 1st to November 5th. 

The Taiwan Creative Content Agency will participate in AFM with an online Taiwan Pavilion with the support of the Ministry of Culture and the Bureau of Audiovisual and Music Industry Development (BAMID). The Taiwan Pavilion will feature 57 films from 32 film exhibitors, showcasing the best of Taiwanese cinema to the world. 

Read more here.

6 movies to see at the 2021 New Orleans Film Festival, starting Friday

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“C’mon, C’mon” is coming home.

The locally shot Joaquin Phoenix drama has been announced as one of the high-profile anchors of this year’s 32nd annual New Orleans Film Festival, giving locals an early chance to see what has been described in some quarters as an early Oscar contender.

But it’s just one of a head-spinning 170 films screening over the course of the festival, which begins Nov. 5 and continues through Nov. 12 in person and Nov. 21 for the festival’s COVID-prompted online component.

Rather than leave you to hunt for those haystack needles, we’ve decided to highlight a six-pack of locally linked films worth catching as the festival plays out.

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5th Annual WIA Diversity Awards Announced at SPARK Animation 2021


Women in Animation (WIA) has just announced the fifth annual WIA Diversity Award recipients, presented in partnership with the Spark Computer Graphics Society (Spark CG). This year’s recipients are: creator Rebecca Sugar, All Those Sensations in My Belly by Marko Dješka, and the University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. The awards are being given by WIA President Marge Dean with a taped presentation made available online from the first day of SPARK Animation 2021, which runs virtually from October 28 - November 7 out of Vancouver, Canada.

The WIA Diversity Awards were established to recognize and honor individuals, films and organizations that have made a significant impact in expanding the diversity of voices in the art and industry of animation, either through their own creative work, by fostering the work of others, or by leading diversity initiatives that enrich our industry and society.

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Coalition Of Asian Pacific's In Entertainment Commemorates Fifth Annual Leaders Fellowship Graduating Class

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Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE) celebrates the all-female 2021 graduating class of creative executives of their fifth annual CAPE Leaders Fellowship, a selective incubator to equip the next generation of creative executives with the skills and professional network to break into the VP ranks.

“A wide range of research from the Harvard Business Review to the Ascend Foundation confirms that Asian Americans are the least likely race/ethnic group to be promoted from individual contributor roles into management,” CAPE Board Chair Sanjay Sharma said. “There is so much work to be done both in front of and especially behind the camera.”

Read more here.

International Documentary Association Reveals Grant Winners – Global Bulletin (EXCLUSIVE)

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The International Documentary Association (IDA) will award grants totalling $105,000 to five films through its Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund on the theme, “Challenging White Supremacy.”

In addition, filmmakers Ilse Fernandez (“Exodus Stories”) and Sundance winner Rintu Thomas (“Writing with Fire”), will receive IDA’s Logan Elevate Grants of $25,000 each.

Highlighting IDA’s support for diversity, among the Pare Lorentz grants, one project is directed and/or produced by a non-binary filmmaker and four are directed and/or produced by a woman. Four have a BIPOC (Black, indigenous, and other people of color) director and/or producer and four directors and/or producers identify as LGBTQ+.

Read more here.


Oscar submission ‘Private Desert’ to open Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival

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Aly Muritiba’s film was a surprise choice to represent his country over Alexandre Moratto’s 7 Prisoners and stars Antonio Saboia as a police officer who is kicked off the force for violent behaviour and sets off in search of his online love. Private Desert premiered in Venice Giornate Degli Autori where it won the BNL People’s Choice Award. Grafo Audiovisual and Fado Filmes produced.

The festival will also feature the US premieres of Madalena directed by Madiano Marcheti; My Name Is Baghdad (Meu Nome é Bagdá) by Caru Alves de Souza; and Aurelio Michiles’s Secrets From Putumayo (Segredos do Putumayo). Déo Cardoso’s A Bruddah’s Mind (Cabeça de nêgo) and All the Dead Ones (Todos os Mortos) directed by Caetano Gotardo and Marco Dutra receive their Los Angeles premieres.

Read more about the festival here.

Film Independent Reveals 2021 Producing Lab Fellow Participants

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Producers of the Spirit Awards, and non-profit arts organization, Film Independent, announced the five filmmakers and projects selected for their 21st annual producing Lab. The fellows will participate in a program set up to help develop their skills and further their careers by pairing them with a creative advisor who will advise on both the craft and business of independent producing. 

The 2021 Producing Lab is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The Sloan Producers Grant, a $30,000 grant to further develop a project that explores science and technology themes or characters in engaging and innovative ways, was awarded to Cecilia Otero with her project, Upstreamers. Additional support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Read more here.

GuadaLAjara Film Festival 

We are super excited to collaborate and partner with GuadaLAjara Film Festival (@glafilmfest)  for its 11th edition! We join GLAFF in celebrating the best of Latin American cinema while providing a platform for emerging BIPOC talent and creators! GLAFF will be an in-person and virtual festival taking place from November 4-6, 2021 in Downtown Los Angeles. 

Don’t miss out on this beautifully curated festival that includes galas, features and shorts screening programs, masterclasses, special events all of which is accessible to everyone. All net proceeds will go towards supporting Get Lit - Words Ignite, a non-profit organization that relies on classic and spoken word poetry to empower and support teen and youth literacy.

Visit GLAFF.ORG to purchase tickets and to learn more about the festival! 

#GLAFF2021 @glafilmfest

NALIP Presents Prayers for the Stolen by Tatiana Huezo at AFI FEST 2021

Showcasing the best films from around the world, the 35th annual AFI FEST film festival will be held November 10-14. The hybrid festival will include both in-person and virtual screenings. Movie fans will be able to see 115 titles (48 Features, 1 Episodic, 49 Short Films and 17 Conservatory Showcase Shorts) of which 51% are directed by women, 40% directed by BIPOC filmmakers and 13% are directed by LGBTQIA+ filmmakers. This year’s program represents 50 countries and includes five World Premieres. For more information about AFI FEST, go to View the full program here.

NALIP will present Prayers for the Stolen (Noche de Fuego) directed by Tatiana Huezo at AFI FEST 2021. Use code FEST21NALIPPRAYERS for a 20% ticket discount for Prayers for the Stolen.


 The Black Screen Office (BSO) today announced its first-round recipients of a new $750,000 Script Development Fund, in partnership with Rogers Group of Funds and the Canadian Independent Screen Fund for Black and People of Colour creators(CISF). The recipients, all Black and People of Colour writers and producers from Canada, will receive script development funds to help them bring their projects and voices to life.  BSO and CISF, with support from our communities, did extensive outreach to racialized screen creators and received an overwhelming response. Also today, the BSO welcomed TD Bank Group (TD) as funder of an adjunct mentorship program.
Sixteen projects led by BPOC creators have been selected by juries from scripted, unscripted, and French applications. One juror wrote: “It was a real eye opener to see the level of talent out there. We knew it existed!! So great to see them getting some support to move these amazing projects forward.”
Each selected writer or writer/producer team will receive funding, aligned with WGC rates for a script which is expected to be delivered in early 2022.

 Learn more here.