Cine Sony, the National Association of Latino Independent Producers Announce First Annual Short Film Contest for Aspiring Filmmakers

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Zoe Saldana’s Cinestar Pictures to Join Judging Panel for Voces Nuevas

Cine Sony, Sony Pictures Television’s premier movie channel for the bi-cultural U.S. Latino audience, and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) announced the launch of Voces Nuevas, their inaugural short film contest for aspiring filmmakers throughout the U.S.  on November 13.

Through January 31, 2019, filmmakers age eighteen or over who reside in the U.S. are invited to submit short films from two to 20 minutes in length.

Judges reviewing submissions include actor and co-founder of Cinestar Pictures Zoe Saldana; Cinestar Pictures co-founders Cisely and Mariel Saldana; award-winning actor and producer Esai Morales; award-winning actress, producer and activist Lisa Vidal and senior creative executives from Sony Pictures Entertainment Worldwide Acquisitions and Screen Gems.

“Cine Sony is delighted to partner with NALIP to provide a platform to champion the talent and creativity of up-and-coming filmmakers in the U.S.,” Jeff Meier, Senior Vice President and General Manager, U.S. Networks, Sony Pictures Television, said. “On Cine Sony, we have a diverse array of entertainment content from comedies to action movies that reflects the varied interests of our Latino audience. With Voces Nuevas, we are continuing that commitment to showcase the diverse perspectives of aspiring content creators with different backgrounds and experiences.”

Voces Nuevas aims to discover and celebrate emerging film talent while providing a new resource for content development.

Entrants will compete for the chance to win $10,000 plus airfare and accommodations for up to five nights in Los Angeles for the opportunity to meet with Sony Pictures Television executives there.

The winner will also be awarded a scholarship to the 2019 NALIP Media Summit.

“NALIP is a prominent supporter of Latinx inclusion, a crucial and vital element in progressive entertainment and media. NALIP is thrilled to collaborate with the Cine Sony short film contest, ‘Voces Nuevas’. We believe this partnership will give Latinx filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their films to a wider range of audiences,” Ben Lopez, Executive Director for NALIP, said.

“My sisters Cisely, Mariel and I are thrilled to be judging the first annual Voces Nuevas film contest,” Zoe Saldana said. “Every opportunity to amplify Hispanic voices and stories is a further step toward empowering a community that significantly contributes to the cultural vibrancy of America.”

Submissions for Voces Nuevas are open through January 31, 2019.

Please visit CineSonyVocesNuevas.com for contest rules, and more information on how to enter for free.

Follow CineSony on social media to get the latest on Voces Nuevas via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

About Cine Sony
Cine Sony is the home for Hollywood blockbusters in Spanish. Featuring uncut, box office favorites, critically acclaimed dramas, hit comedies, popular horror, adrenaline fueled action movies, family favorites and cutting edge music videos from Sony Music Latin artists, Cine Sony is the premier movie channel for the U.S. Latino audience. The network also offers on-demand content and an authenticated watch app CINE SONY through its distribution partners. Cine Sony is distributed by CenturyLink, Comcast, Cox Communications, DISH, and AT&T DirecTV, among others. For more information, visit cinesony.com.

About NALIP
The National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) is a national membership organization. NALIP stands as the premier Latino media organization, addressing for 20 years the most underrepresented and the largest ethnic minority in the country. NALIP’s mission is to discover, promote and inspire Latino content creators and diverse voices across all media platforms. For more information, visit NALIP.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latino Creatives Make a Strong Case for Media Inclusion at the 2017 Latino Media Fest

The National Association of Latino Independent Producers’ (NALIP) Latino Media Fest is the unique presenter of the best U.S. Latino content across all media platforms: narrative short films, TV/streaming pilots, digital content, virtual reality, augmented reality and documentary shorts.

The 2017 NALIP Latino Media Fest will take place at the AMC Century City 15 on September 26-27.
The first annual Latino Media Fest is presented by Comcast NBCUniversal Telemundo and additionally sponsored by FOX Inclusion, MPAA, Labo Digital, El Rey Network and venue sponsor AMC Independent.Throughout the two-day event, NALIP will present a diverse schedule of panels, workshops, screenings, showcases and more.

Highlights include:

  • Shorts Screening Program A (Tuesday, September 26) – 2017 Official Selection Program A for the Latino Media Fest will showcase the following films:
    • Victor & Isolina, William D. Caballero
    • Desde el Principio, Miguel J. Soliman
    • The Spirit was Gone, Cristian Proa
    • The Melancholy Man, Samantha Smith
    • Hijo por Hijo, Juan Avella
    • Wonderland, Ignacio Garcia-Bustelo
  • Estrella, Brandon Arroyo
  • Special Screening (Tuesday, September 26) – An advance screening of NBC’s hit series, Superstore will be showcased at the Latino Media Fest and a panel with Superstore writers Sierra Ornelas​ and Vanessa​ ​Ramos.​
  • Shorts Screening Program B (Wednesday, September 27) – 2017 Official Selection Program B for the Latino Media Fest will showcase the following films:
    • Jimbo, Rodrigo Zanforlin
    • Parallax Effect: Abduction, Davy Perez
    • Welcome Back, Matias Nilsson
    • Paloma, Maia Nikiphoroff and Jean Lee
  • Animation Master Class (Wednesday, September 27) – Jorge R. Gutiérrez will be taking part in NALIP’s Animation Master Class. He will discuss the specifics of making animated features and the process of telling unique stories that are relatable to global audiences. Gutiérrez has worked on Book of Life, El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera and his upcoming short VR film, Son of Jaguar.
  • The 2017 Latino Media Fest Awards (Wednesday, September 27) – The awardees that were voted in the four award categories will be recognized for their work behind the camera.
    • Best LatinX Film awarded to Beatriz at Dinner, received by Miguel Arteta, director of the film
    • Best LatinX Filmmaker awarded to director, writer and editor José María Cabral, for his film Woodpeckers
    • Best Latin American Film awarded to Lemon, received by Janicza Bravo, director and writer of the film
    • Best Latin American FIlmmaker awarded to director and writer Amat Escalante, for his film The Untamed

“NALIP has been more ambitious this year in actively changing the conversation in the industry and advocating for a truly diverse and inclusive media landscape,” Executive Director, Ben Lopez said.

The NALIP Latino Media Fest attracts Latino content creators, industry executives and media from around the globe for invaluable learning and networking opportunities. Passes to the Latino Media Fest can be purchased at latinomediafest.com.