With issues of diversity dominating the conversations surrounding the film industry, it’s always heartening to see film festivals supporting minority talent. Last week, at the Latino Reels panel at the Sundance Film Festival, NALIP (National Association of Latino Independent Producers) announced the winners of its 2015 Latino Lens: Narrative Shorts Incubator. Latino Lens is a new, exclusive incubation and media content production program designed to develop, nurture and produce a series of creative Latino projects.
“With Latino Lens, NALIP is thrilled to provide original production programming and support and promote Latino content creators and filmmakers. With the embarrassing and shameful lack of diversity seen yet again at this year’s Oscars, NALIP focuses on actions that directly address this need for change within and without Hollywood’s antiquated system,” said Axel Caballero, Executive Director of NALIP. Winners receive contributions for pre-production, production, and post-production tools, resources, and assets to support the successful completion of their short films.
Among the winners was MARU BUENDIA-SENTIES, whose short film WINDOWS joins three others —One Halloween by writer/director Rebecca Murga,Swimming in the Desert by writer/director Alvaro Ron, and Dying Man by writer/director Rodrigo Reyes—as the finalists of this months-long search. The final shorts will screen in June at 2016 NALIP Media Summit.
Our short film WINDOWS is one of the projects selected for the NALIP Latino Lens Narrative Incubator 2016.
Congratulations to our amazing team: Maru Buendia-Senties, Glenn Eanes, Jaime Cano, Ellie Ann Fenton, Michael Baltazar, Ornella Jaramillo, Gabriela Ostos, Adrian Terrazas-González, Susan Fitz-Simon and to Latino Lens and NALIP for creating this fantastic opportunity!
Latino Lens, presented by NALIP and supported by a group of industry, media and organizational sponsors, is a new, exclusive incubation and media content production program designed to develop, nurture and produce a series of creative Latino projects submitted by Latino producers, directors and writers.
Projects and creators selected for the Latino Lens short narrative incubator are: “Windows” by writer/director Maru Buendia-Senties, “One Halloween” by writer/director Rebecca Murga, “Swimming in the Desert” by writer/director Alvaro Ron, and “Dying Man” by writer/director Rodrigo Reyes.
The final four selected participants for the narrative incubator will receive NALIP contributions for pre-production, production, and post-production tools, resources, and assets to support the successful completion of each short film. NALIP will also consult with these content creators on a viable distribution strategy to maximize exposure.