Q: What are the Latino Lens™ Incubators?
A: There is a lack of representation of Latinx people in the film industry. Our Latino Lens™ Incubator Programs are part of our core initiative to help advance the careers of diverse filmmakers and accelerate their journey from where they are now, to where they want to be. Content creators chosen for one of our incubator programs will undergo a thorough evaluation process by our Latino Lens™ Evaluation Committee. If chosen, the content creator will receive a grant to execute their project and/or receive mentorship with NALIP during the duration of the incubator.
Q: Is there only one incubator?
A: No, at NALIP we hyperfocus on areas where representation is needed. Based on research and data, we find gaps in Latinx representation and partner with different organizations and companies to constantly create new incubators that help bridge those gaps. We help move content creators forward through incubation and/or mentorship programs, from developing scripts and producing short films, to offering classes, one-on-one mentorship, speakers and private panels. At NALIP, we provide diverse incubators that achieve specific goals tailored to the content creator’s particular needs. Some are based on developing and producing content, and providing mentorship. Others are based on providing a toolkit of knowledge and resources for up and coming filmmakers in the business side and/or creative side of the film industry.
Q: How much is awarded to create the content ?
A: Each of our incubators awards a specific amount, the details of which will not be disclosed until the final round of evaluation.
Q: Am I allowed to apply to more than one incubator?
A: First, we encourage you to learn more about each incubator, and submit to the appropriate program for you and your goals. As each incubator calls for different specifications and requirements. Second, if you are part of multiple submissions for a project based incubator, we highly suggest you hold a different role on another team’s project.
Q: DOES MY CONCEPT HAVE TO BE LATINX-THEMED?
A: No; however, short narrative concepts with complex lead characters, innovative and compelling storylines, and offer a fresh take on the Latinx experience will be highly considered.
Latino Lens™ does not support short narrative concepts based upon stereotypes and/or storylines which portray Latinx in a negative light; must avoid including anything that is offensive to a specific race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or socioeconomic group; can not include any defamatory statements; anything which has already been submitted to other programs; completed projects already in post, streaming, or premiered; previously sold or optioned; cannot violate any local, state or federal laws; cannot violate or threaten any business, person, place or group.
Q: Is the incubator program only open to Latinx?
Not necessarily! Each incubator is different and has specific requirements. We would highly recommend you to check out the detailed requirements before applying to make sure you and your project would be a good fit.
Q: Do you accept late submissions?
A: No. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the submission and evaluation process, all submissions MUST be received by the deadline date.
Q: What are the entry fees?
A: Entry fees are determined by incubator basis. However, first round submissions are always free for NALIP members. Become a Member
Q: Can the Membership fees be waived?
A: Yes, we provide economic support for those in need. You can reach out to us at: [email protected]
Q: How many rounds will there be during the evaluation process?
A: Generally, the evaluation process is a total of three rounds from start to finish.
Q: What happens if my submission is not accepted?
A: NALIP reserves the right to exclude any submission that it believes, in its sole discretion, doesn’t meet the required criteria, or for any other reason at NALIP’s reasonable discretion.
Unfortunately, NALIP cannot offer personalized feedback or legal advice, we would love to speak with each individual filmmaker, but it simply isn’t viable for us to correspond with up to 14,000 applicants each year. We view far more worthy applicants than we are able to include in our yearly incubators, so please don’t be discouraged and know that we will keep creating new incubators and programs, so stay on the lookout for more from Latino Lens™!
Q: What is the prefered genre?
A: All genre submissions are considered. We want to develop and amplify your specific vision. We ask that you simply pay attention to the needs and expectations of the individual incubator in which you are considering to apply.
Q: Is there a limit to the length of submission?
A: Yes. Each incubator will have it’s specific requirements (i.e. script length, top sheets, bios, pitch packet, etc). Those specifications could be found on the webpage for each individual incubator.
Q: Are non-English language entries allowed?
A: Yes! However, materials should be translated and submitted in English. Make sure to highlight the areas that are meant to be in a non-English language.
Q:; Will submission material and/or script be returned to me?
A: No, we will not be able to return any of your submitted materials.
Q: How does the selection process work?
A: Three rounds of evaluations will be conducted by a selection of qualified industry professionals. The identity of these committee members will remain anonymous. As you pass to a new round, we may require more information from you.
Q: Do you need a budget from me if my project was invited past the first round? Why?
A: We need to see the viability of your project. The budget needs to make sense with the creative and logistic aspects. If your project progressed to the second round, we will request a budget summary, top-sheet or complete breakdown from you. An actual or estimated budget is preferred, the more detailed a budget you can provide, the better. These allow NALIP staff and the Latino Lens Committee to better evaluate your project and the strength of your plans for seeing it realized.
Q: Are there any stipulations on how to produce the short if I am selected?
A: For most project based incubators, we ask for a producer to be included in the project. In addition participants will work with the Latino Lens™ and NALIP staff, crew and mentors to work out the best plan on how to produce the project.
Have in mind that NALIP reserves the right to withhold portions of the support if during a required update or review of the project certain goals and guidelines previously set are not met. It is required that each Latino Lens™ team have all consent forms, release forms, rights and permissions before moving to the next phase. If the team does not meet this requirement by the end of the pre-production period, then the team will be disqualified.
Selected finalists must provide a financial production report that details the costs and usage of the budget and account for all support. Grantees must also acknowledge NALIP and Latino Lens in the opening and end credits, and in all promotional material and publicity of the short film project.
Final short narrative projects must not have had a theatrical release, US broadcast airing or be available for online viewing prior to the premiere event determined by NALIP Staff.
Q: Could the final project be disqualified?
A: Yes. Final projects may be subject to disqualification if NALIP reasonably believes there is third party content – not owned by the content creator – that may be the subject of copyright protection or for any other reason at Sponsor’s reasonable discretion. Content that may not be used without prior permission includes, but is not limited to photographic images downloaded from public sources; drawing or images; music of any kind that is not in the public domain (i.e., any music produced after 1926); and voice-over material. Contestant is solely responsible for securing permission to use any copyrighted material and may be required, upon request, to submit proof of ownership or license to NALIP. NALIP reserves the right to suspend or disqualify at any point of the incubation process.
Any more questions can be directed to [email protected]