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Masterclass with Veronica Falcón 

Featuring: Veronica Falcón

January 12, 2020

12:30PM - 4:00PM

5840 Uplander Way, Culver City, CA 90230
NALIP Members $40/ Non-Members $50

As part of our Latino Lens Workshop Series, we are proud to present a Masterclass with the talented Veronica Falcon. She's considered one of Mexico's and U.S.'s best & most versatile international actors, as well as an outstanding choreographer. This workshop will engage creators and performers alike, offering guidance on how to hone your craft in the entertainment industry and thrive as a creative

Veronica's Bio:

Veronica Falcon was born in Mexico City in 1966. Her career spans for almost three decades. She's considered one of Mexico's best & most versatile international actors, as well as an outstanding choreographer. In 2015 she moved to the US and within months she was cast as "Camila Vargas" the antagonist in the hit tv show “Queen of the South” the character became an iconic role and Ms Falcon’s career in the US was launched. She was cast in the first season of "Room 104" produced by the Duplass Brothers for HBO, then as "Clara" in Steven Conrad's critically acclaimed "Perpetual Grace Ltd." where she plays opposite to Sir Ben Kingsley & Luis Guzman. Soon we’ll be able to see her in Disney’s “Jungle Cruise next to Dwayne Johnson & Emily Blunt, the movie world premiere is set for Summer 2020.

Veronica is also a member of the cast of the new "Perry Mason" directed by Tim Van Patten (Game of Thrones, Sopranos) and produced by HBO. She just finished shooting the last installment of “The Purge”, and she is part of the cast of “The Starling” w Melissa McCarthy & “Voyagers” with Collin Farrell, both films will premiere next year as well. She is about to start shooting “The Falcon & The Winter Soldier” for Marvel Studios. Aside from her acting career Ms. Falcon was a very successful choreographer, she was invited to work with Mexico’s National Opera Company several times, she has produced, directed and written several projects for theater and television and she has taught several workshops, master classes and conferences discussing in Mexico and abroad. Ms. Falcon was awarded the Impact award given by the NHMC, she was nominated for a “Silver Goddess Award” and twice for the “Image award”.

As Seen on TV with Nick Duarte

Featuring: Nick Duarte (founder Crown Chimp Productions)


June 22, 2019 


11am - 2pm

NALIP Members $30/ Non-Members $40


NALIP is proud to present the next installment of our Latino Lens Workshop Series: As Seen on TV with Nick Duarte! Nick is an Emmy-award winning commercial, film, and series writer/director, as well as founder of Crown Chimp Productions. Join us as Nick gives insight into what it took to direct commercials for major brands like Nike, Adidas, BMW, the NFL, the NBA, and Charles Schwab. In this workshop, Nick will share what a career in commercial directing can offer filmmakers, how to construct an effective commercial concept, and converse with guest speakers in different arenas of the field to provide attendees with the knowledge they need to succeed.


Nick’s Bio:


Nickolas Duarte is a film, commercial and series writer/director. He runs the production company Crown Chimp and is represented for ad work by Derby Content. As a commercial director, Nickolas has earned over 70 industry awards including a National Addy, an Emmy, 6 National Tellys, and 3 National Communicator awards. He was inducted into the AAFT Advertising Hall of Fame as the 2017 Next Generation Award winner. His scripted and documentary work has played in festivals to international acclaim, and has been described by Short of The Week as “almost as much a physical viewing experience as an emotionally affecting one.”  He is a two-time NALIP Fellowship Recipient and a Latino Lens Narrative Shorts Incubator Fellow. He is currently co-writing and directing a crime drama for Warner Bros.

State Your Biz with Marcos Cline

Featuring: Marcos Cline (founder Altered.LA)


April 6, 2019 


11am - 2pm

NALIP Members $30/ Non-Members $40

Get a behind the scenes look at operating an LLC and what it takes to financially position yourself for success in the entertainment market.  Marcos will bring in experts from various fields of production to reveal the inner workings of setting yourself up for a successful career in entertainment.NALIP presents the next Latino Lens Workshop
State Your Biz with Marcos Cline. Marcos is the founder of Altered.LA which focuses on developing content across multiple mediums of entertainment. In this workshop, Marcos will help filmmakers see themselves as a business and cover the technical aspects of storytelling that are often neglected in rising creators.


Marcos’ Bio:

Marcos Cline-Márquez is a prolific producer who daily finds himself pushing the limits of creativity in a data driven world. In 2012 he founded Altered.LA , a production company known as a creative hub of passionate storytellers, directors, producers and content creators. It is through Altered.LA that Marcos has developed and produced content ranging from:

  • Hundreds Of Commercials
  • Original Series For Major Networks
  • Apps for IOS
  • Original Series For Digital Platforms
  • Feature Films

The success of his work has led him to be recognized as a leader in US Hispanic Advertising, but it is his passion and innovation which has led to that success.

A recurring face as a speaker at the National Association of Latino Independent Producers Media Summit, frequent contributor to and Shoot Online, and President of the Media and Communications committee at México Innova, an organization which strives to promote values, break stereotypes, and counter the negative discourse currently dominating the media and public opinion landscapes in the U.S. towards those with Mexican heritage, Marcos knows what drives people to action.

Last Looks: A Production Design Workshop with Nino Alicea

Featuring: Nino Alicea (Production Designer, Artist)


March 2nd, 2019 


11am - 2pm

NALIP Members $25/ Non-Members $35


NALIP's Latino Lens Workshop Series presents "Last Looks with Nino Alicea." This workshop focuses on finding the synergies between Art Department and storytelling. Nino has been the creative force behind the NALIP Media Summit, bringing his Latinx touch to the Hollywood & Highland and assisting with NALIP’s Latino Lens Incubator filmmakers bring their worlds to life.

Often times a content creator will struggle with conceptualizing a tangible story world that is within their means of creation. The goal of this workshop will be to bridge the wants and possibilities of any creative team to achieve the best look for their project. What are the qualities of an effective production designer? How can one get that blockbuster look while fitting in budget? This workshop is a perfect fit for both filmmakers and artists alike who want to fortify their skills in materializing their visions.


To learn more about Nino and to support his works, please visit:


Building the Perfect Frame with Joel Novoa 


Featuring: Joel Novoa (Director)


January 19th, 2019
11am - 2pm

NALIP Members $75/ Non-members $90

NALIP's Latino Lens Workshop Series presents "Building the Perfect Frame with Joel Novoa." 
To capture a perfect moment on film, there must be an extraordinary synergy between director, camera and subject. Director Joel Novoa (CW’s Arrow and God’s Slave) will dive into the process communicating one’s creative vision amongst collaborators. 

This hands on workshop is an excellent opportunity for filmmakers to take their work to the next level by becoming a more effective content creator on set. In this unique workshop, we are opening up submissions from attendees for original scenes to be blocked, rehearsed and tuned by you and Joel. If you would like to have an original scene of yours to be considered for dissection, please submit a sample script below.

If you would like to have a scene of yours dissected, please submit a sample below. 


Joel’s Bio:

Joel Novoa was born in New York, but grew up in Caracas, Venezuela. He holds a Law Degree and a MFA in Directing from American Film Institute. Joel Directed GOD´S SLAVE at the age of twenty-four. The feature was filmed in four different countries in South America. The movie received worldwide theatrical release and then Netflix deal. Since its tour of the festival circuit, the ​film has won 18 international awards and has been included in more than 75 festival official selections.

Joel recently directed three ARROW episodes for DC Comics and Warner Brothers.

Joel is the recipient of the prestigious Franklin J. Schaffner Fellow Award 2012 for his contributions as a director, the Caucus Foundation Award 2012 and the Deluxe merit for best director 2011. Joel teamed up with Sally Hibbin for the film “I.D2: Shadwell Army”, sequel to the prestigious British hooligan film “I.D”, starred by Linus Roache. Premiered in 25 screens across U.K.

Joel´s short film slate include MACHSOM was selected as one of five DGA Showcase finalists. It has competed at nearly well over sixty festivals, including AFI Fest. It won the special Jury Prize at the Bermuda International Film Festival and the Special Jury Award at The Beijing Film Festival, The Audience Award at the Boston Film Festival and The Jury Prize at the Irvine International Film Festival amongst others. Joel also directed four Short Films with selections and honors in more than thirty film festivals, including Cannes Film Festival.

In 2016 Joel directed “Day of Reckoning” for Universal, being one of the year´s top gross films for Syfy Channel. The film has worldwide theatrical and TV deal with Universal.


For questions regarding applications please contact 

Cross Cultural Storytelling: Looking into the Directing Process Workshop and Mixer! 

Featuring: Fernando Lebrija (Writer)


Thursday, September 27th 
Time: 5:30pm
Mixer Starts at 8:45pm

NALIP Members $25/ Non-members $35


En estos tiempos de solidaridad y convivencia entre las comunidades alrededor del mundo, director internacional, Fernando Lebrija, compartará cómo ha podido atraer y inspirar a gente en un nivel mundial. Lebrija a realizado películas independientes y tambien con estudios mayores, desarrollado un estilo versátil. El director, Fernando Lebrija nos comunica los pasos que se necesitan tomar para crear proyectos, como #Reality High y Sundown, para cruzar fronteras y influenciar audienciasintercontinentales. Los invitamos a un taller para aprender su receta secreta de cómo ha logrado captivar a las audiencias estadounidenses y sur americanas y analiza su forma de dirigir desde lo que empieza en el papel hasta lo que termina en la pantalla.


Program Description 

In a time of coexistence, international director, Fernando Lebrija, will share how he has been able to weave his art to engage and resonate with different audiences globally. Whether it has been as an independent filmmaker or at large networks, his work has a signature touch of versatility that he is going to share with our community.  We will delve into the process in creating work that is able to cross over into intercontinental audiences with films such as Sundown and #RealityHigh. Join this Latinx film director as he breaks down his process from script to screen and shares his secret recipe for captivating both the American and Latin American market!    

Fernando's Bio: 

Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Fernando is a very driven and active writer-director, skilled in directing in both English and Spanish. His career spans multiple genres such as Action, Drama, Comedy, Thrillers, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy.

Fernando has worked in the Film and TV business, producing/directing more than 30 different TV Shows for companies like MTV, Televisa Mexico, and Fox Sports. He directed many Music Videos: Molotov, Mana, Tigres del Norte to name a few, and also directed commercials for international brands such as Mini-Cooper, Honda, Snapple, Tommy Hilfiger, and more.

In 2010 he received various nominations and awards such as LAS DIOSAS DE PLATA (Mexican Golden Globes) where he won the Best New Director for Amar a morir. The film received others nominations in the CANACINE Awards (Industry awards) for Best Feature Film and Best Director among others. Fernando was also nominated for Best Director in the IMAGEN FOUNDATION AWARDS who recognizes the most respected Latin talent in the US. The movie was very successful in Mexico and has been having great sales all around the world. A great directorial debut.

Fernando’s movie SUNDOWN was his first English-speaking film that had a theatrical release in the U.S. Mexico, and Latin America in spring 2016, then later released by Netflix. His third film as a director is a Netflix Original romantic teen comedy movie called #REALITYHIGH. His last job was as an Executive Producer for the sequel of the hit movie NO MANCHES FRIDA for Pantelion films, the movie will come out in 2019.

Two Special Guests Include:


Juan Sola: 

JUAN SOLA, born in Spain, founder of Ombra Films partner with the very successful director/producer Jaume Collet-Serra (Non-StopThe Commuter, The Shallows, Orphan, Jungle Cruise), Ombra is based in Hollywood, California and represented by CAA.t

Alejandro Edda 

Best known for his charismatic and positive personality, Alejandro Edda was born in Puebla, Mexico. He studied under the Stanislavsky Method in Mexico City. After completing his studies, Alejandro moved to Los Angeles where he commenced more training at the Meisner Acting Studio. Working as a valet parking boy, waiter and delivering wines, he managed to pay his tuition and in July 2007, he graduated as one of the top five actors in his class. His most notable projects in films and TV are: THE BRIDGE recurring role for season. "FEAR TEH WALKING DEATH giving life to Marco Rodriguez. Soon after that he landed the role of Luis Caldera, a villain in the new T.V hit show from FOX Network "LETHAL WEAPON". His current movie projects include the feature film "SUNDOWN" 2015, starring Camilla Belle, Devon Werkheiser and Jordi Molla, and Netflix's "#REALITYHIGH" both directed by Fernando Lebrija . His biggest role so far in 2017 as one of the strong supporting characters in Tom Cruise "AMERICAN MADE" Directed by Doug Liman. And soon everyone will be able to see Alejandro in the next season of Netflix hit TV series NARCOS, playing the role of the iconic drug lord EL CHAPO. 


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Prep for the Fest: Taking it to the Big Screen

Date: August 18th 2018

Location: 304 E Alameda Ave, Burbank, CA 91502

NALIP Members: $40 / Non-Members $50

As Film Festival season comes to the fore there are many things a filmmaker needs to consider. There are many steps that need to be taken from camera before a short is ready for the Big Screen. As a director and producer, being able to communicate your needs to your post-teams is critical. The MPS Labo team is ready to break this down and demystify the process. They will talk about best post-practices to prepare your short for the best film festival run possible. In addition, Lisa Franek from AMC will delve into the expectations surrounding theatrical releases and marketing strategies that films utilize during the festival season. 


Javier Robles is a writer, producer and director. He has directed several music videos including “Inmovil” for Latin Alternative icons Kinky which made several top 10 lists that year, including Noisey, Remezcla and Rock MX. His screenplay “1000” won the 2009 Final Draft Latino Screenplay Competition and was an official selection of the 2009 NALIP Latino Media Market and Writer’s Workshop. Javier has been a proud member and supporter of NALIP since 2008 and proud alumni of 4 of its programs.

At MPSLabo since its creation in 2017, Javier acts as General Manger bringing over 18 years’ experience in every aspect of the film industry to a world-leading name in post and distribution services, understanding the challenges and strategies of distribution from a producer and filmmaker’s perspective and offering hands-on solutions to each client’s needs, establishing MPSLabo as a new go-to provider and partner for independent film.


After graduating from The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama with a masters degree Eloise started her career in independent film on the set of British crime/thriller Dead Man Running, starring Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson.  As a freelancer, she worked her way from Production Coordinator, Production Manager, Assistant Producer to Associate Producer on her most recent film 'That Good Night' featuring Sir John Hurt and Charles Dance. 

Always wanting to follow her dream of working in Hollywood, Eloise couldn't refuse the role as VP of Commercial & Client Relations at MPSLabo. As an advocate for contestant change and evolution in the arts, when the opportunity arose to work with MPS and Labodigital to revolutionize the way that film is distributed and viewed across the world, making it more accessible for every market and audience, she couldn't turn down the challenge.


Rafael Portillo is originally from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, where he began working on film sets and production in 2006.  A few years later he became interested in post-production specialized in motion graphics for local and national clients including ESPN, Major League Soccer and several music videos for major label artists.

He moved to Los Angeles in 2017 to work at MPSLabo. He currently occupies the position of Operations Supervisor, overseeing technical operations, IT, projection systems, DCP mastering and duplication and graphics. 


Due to limited space, it will be first come first serve

Submissions Closed! 




The Structure of One Hour TV Pilots with Ligiah Villalobos

Featuring: Ligiah Villalobos (Writer, Consultant, Producer)


Tuesday March 20th
Tuesday April 3rd 
Tuesday April 17th
Tuesday May  1st 
Tuesday May 15th 
*Subject to change

NALIP Members $250/ Non-members $300

Are you a writer? Do you wish you could build your knowledge of writing a TV pilot?

The National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) is calling you to apply now for an opportunity to join us for a five session writer's workshop. The mini-series will take you through the process of pitching a one hour TV pilot to constructing your final outline.  This is an opportunity to not only build on that concept you've been wanting to work on but also making genuine connections with other fellow writers.


Due to limited space we are asking all who wish to participate to submit a writing sample.   

The application will be open until March 12th  2018 at 5pm. PST.


Submissions Closed! 

For questions regarding applications please contact 

*Note: All Participants will be required to attend all five of the sessions of the mini-series.  If accepted you will be asked to pay the full price of the Workshop.

Mastering Your Craft: Directing Actors with Jessica Holt  

Featuring: Jessica Holt  (Director, Acting Coach) 

Date: March 27th

Time: 6pm-10pm

Location: City Garage Theatre

NALIP Members $23/ Non-Members $33

This master class is for anyone interested in how directors can best communicate with actors to bring forward emotionally truthful and memorable performances on camera. Focusing on a process-based approach, Holt's set of strategies, tips and tricks will help you unlock the secrets of the scene  and ignite the imagination of your actors.  She will provide you with techniques for breaking down the scene, share basic principles for working with actors and rehearsal techniques that will ready actors for the shoot, and provide insight on how to clearly and briefly communicate playable direction with your actors while shooting in order to create the conditions for truthful and unforgettable performances to thrive. 


Showrunning: How to Creatively manage a TV series

Featuring: Gloria Calderón Kellett (Executive Producer / Co-showrunner, One Day At A Time)

Time: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Location: Sony Pictures

Complimentary for NALIP Members  / Non-Members $20

Spaces are limited, priority given to those who RSVP and submit a writing sample to

During this hour long workshop, participants will learn the basics of how to begin their career as a TV showrunner, as well as learn more about the role itself in a television production. Designed to give participants insights on the day-to-day life and duties of a showrunner; participants will learn about handling different responsibilities, from being in the writer's room, managing talent, to working with producers/directors.




Time: 2:30pm - 5:30pm

Location: City Garage Theater

$20 NALIP Members / $35 Non-members

Join us at the next workshop in our Latino Lens Workshop Series, on Saturday, December 16th.

Claudia Restrepo, Video Producer for BuzzFeed's Pero Like
Claudia Restrepo is a Los Angeles-based writer and director currently focusing on Latinx content for BuzzFeed’s Pero Like team. Before producing for the world wide web, Claudia’s 2012 play Reconstruction received a Theater Unleashed Award for best of Hollywood Fringe, and her screenplay Chicago Candid was named a 2014 Academy Nicholl Fellowship quarterfinalist. She is a graduate of the National Hispanic Media Coalition Television Writing Program, and a 2015 finalist for the Nickelodeon Writing Program. As a director Claudia has produced work for multiple BuzzFeed platforms including Tasty, Top Knot, Violet, and Pero Like. Claudia is passionate about minority and queer representation, both on and off screen. One of her favorite projects to date is Lesbian Princess, a series she co-wrote and directed, which has amassed millions of views and combines her love of historical fiction with LGBT themes. Her latest short, When You Can’t Have Sex, focuses on women’s health and chronic pain, and exemplifies her commitment to marginalized voices.  
Marvin Lemus, Director of Gentefied and Vamonos
Marvin Lemus is an award-winning screenwriter, director, and producer with a passion for telling unapologetic and subversive stories. Lemus’ eclectic body of work ranges between the film festival circuit and the digital world. Most recently, Lemus co-wrote and directed GENTE-FIED, a bilingual digital series produced by America Ferrera and MACRO, (Fences, Mudbound). Gente-fied recently premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and is currently being developed for television and was selected for the 2017 Sony Diverse Director's Program. 






Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Location: City Garage Theater

$25 NALIP Members / $39 Non-members

Join us at the next workshop in our Latino Lens Workshop Series, on Thursday, November 30th.

"Immersive Storytelling: How to Produce the VR/AR Experience" invites content creators to learn more about navigating VR/AR and the process of creating diverse immersive experiences.


Mariana Acuna Acosta - CEO, JoltVR
Mariana explores new & emerging technologies and finds ways in which they apply to our clients. With over 10 years of experience in the entertainment industry she brings her expertise in films, visual effects, animation and interactive media to develop cutting-edge Virtual Reality for creating fully immersive 360 experiences.

Tanya Leal-Soto - VR Producer, JoltVR
Tanya Leal Soto is a Creative Producer, Storyteller and Content Creator for multiple platforms. She has worked in theatre, film, TV and art exhibits for the last 15 years. Currently she is producing branded content and experimenting with emerging technologies. Most Recently, Tanya was selected to be apart of the Oculus Launchpad 2016, which is a program to support promising VR creators.

Jonathan Yomayuza - VR Technical Director, Emblematic 
At Emblematic Jonathan Yomayuza has helped deliver multiple VR projects for the Vive, two of which have been screened at Sundance and another that was presented to the United States Congress. With ten years of experience in the video game industry, he has mastered programs like Unity, Unreal, Z-brush which have allowed him to continually push the boundaries of VR within Emblematic Group. Jonathan is also an expert and pioneer in photogrammetry - 
a revolutionary technique that is paving the way for the VR of the future.

Jason Bral - CEO, Well Played Studios
Executive producer on over twelve original digital video series. Experience in working directly with Fortune 100 companies on creating engaging content.



Time: 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Location: NBCUniversal

Complimentary for NALIP Members

This interactive workshop is designed to guide lead aspiring writers through some of the techniques that will be helpful in getting their first (or next) spec script started, be it a one-hour drama, or a half hour comedy.

Writing a great spec script that will get you noticed starts before any script writing is done. It begins by acquiring a knowledge of the show you are writing for, being able to copy the existing characters' voices of that show, coming up with an episode idea/story that is not only original and highlights your unique voice, but also stays true to the story structure already established, and choosing the right spec script to write. This 2 1/2 hour workshop will lead aspiring writers through some of the techniques that will be helpful in getting their first (or next) spec script started, be it a one-hour drama, or a half hour comedy. The workshop will also include the basic structure of a beat sheet and how to break the A, B, and C storylines for their one hour, or half hour spec.

Ligiah Villalobos, who we was previously featured in our #WeAreInclusion Campaign, a writer, producer and director, who has worked both in feature films and television. Before these roles, she was a studio executive, working at the Walt Disney Company. She has overseen the ABC Diverse Program and worked at the CW, overseeing six shows, such as Steve Harvey and The Jamie Foxx Show. Today, Villalobos teaches at Cal State University, Los Angeles, and is also currently developing two TV series ideas.

Complimentary for NALIP Members

To become a member or update your membership, click here.  

Priority will be given to writers who submit their work to