The NALIP Summit: An Afro-Latina Intern's Reflections

Posted by on August 02, 2018

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My name is Cecilia Mejia Morales, but the filmmaking community knows me as Cecilia MeMor. This summer, I am working as an intern for IDA in the Filmmaker Services department through the Los Angeles County Arts Commision  (LACAC), Paid Arts Internship Program.

During my first week at the IDA, I was invited to attend the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) Summit with my supervisor, Toni Bell, Filmmaker Services Manager. While she moderated the “Pitching to Perfection” panel and took meetings with documentary filmmakers, I attended several panels. What follows are my reflections on my first NALIP Summit experience.

The first panel that I attended was "Emerging Content Creators."  The workshop was designed to introduce new filmmakers who have found a way to make their work stand out. They shared their struggles such as the lack of access to equipment, and the need to be extra resourceful. The panelists also discussed the different ways in which they have had to navigate the industry to express their unique voices while exploring issues that are relevant to Latino audiences.