NALIP has National Signature Programs dedicated to improving the skills and relationships of our members as they advance their documentary and narrative projects to production and release.

Our programs are designed to build the field of Latino and Native social change media artists, specifically for those content creators who document and impact social justice issues critical to our community, or who are creating independent or commercial narrative work.  Diversity and opportunities for Latinos in the field of media still lag far behind our proportion of the population.  Our artists and stories are essential for true media justice.   Our creations and visions are critical components of a rich, democratic American culture.  NALIP is the only national organization committed to supporting both grassroots and community-based content creators along with publicly funded and industry-based producers.

We provide 7 annual national initiatives for professional development and community support.  These include an annual Conference that attracted 675 content creators and supporters of the field last April; a concurrent Latino Media Market that matches specific projects with funders, distributors and broadcasters; our Latino Media Resource Guide, a unique online member directory and reference designed to connect filmmakers to funders, employers and one another; an annual Latino Writers Lab™, that provides mentoring and skills development to screenwriters over a five-month period;  the Latino Producers Academy 11-day residential intensive for producer/directors of documentaries and of independent features; the one-year Latino Artist Mentoring Program (LAMP) designed to give Latino and Native media makers the information and skills they need to realize their projects, and, ultimately, effect social change.

We also do a 3-day program, in partnership with the NEA and CPB, called “Doing your Doc:  Diverse Visions, Regional Voices.”  It brings mentoring and instruction to filmmakers of color, helping to develop Asian, African-American, Native, Latino and Pacific Islander stories along with regional documentaries that have potential national relevance.