NALIP is Now Accepting Applications for the Public Media/Documentary Lab - Deadline April 28, 2013

2013 Latino Producers Academy™
“Public Media/Documentary Lab”
June 13 -23, 2013, Santa Fe, New Mexico

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A NALIP National Signature Program in association with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, HBO and the UA Hanson Film Institute.

The Latino Producers Academy™ is an intensive 10-day course that provides one-on-one professional mentoring for Fellows in a laboratory environment in order to enhance the viability of their projects and make them more competitive for public media funding.

NALIP invites directors of feature documentaries or new media projects to apply to the Latino Producers Academy. Projects must be about a subject concerning Latinos and/or the director must be Latino.

For the documentary track, projects must be in the post-production phase, ranging from edited selects, a trailer, to a full rough cut.

For the new media track, we are looking for web-native projects (conceived, designed, and produced for online distribution) that take advantage of the unique properties of the internet and digital media: data, location, participation, co-creation, interactivity. Along with innovative modes of video storytelling, we are also open to innovations in form, format, genre, and use of technology within public media. Projects should be in the discovery/development stage, or early production, to get the most out of the academy.

If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact Richard Saiz, LPA Program Director at

This program is competitive and highly selective. It is open to NALIP members who have produced work on which they played a key creative role. All professional independent producers/directors are eligible to apply regardless of experience. All accepted Fellows are invited on full scholarship: materials, lodging, and meals provided by the LPA funders and sponsors.

Travel to Santa Fe, New Mexico is the responsibility of the Fellows.

Academy Fellows will be selected based on the type and quality of their recent work, their commitment to careers in producing and media leadership, their dedication to sharpening their craft, and their potential to benefit from this Academy scholarship opportunity.

If you qualify and would like to apply, please read the following carefully:

Applicants must be current NALIP members and at least 18 years of age. If you are not currently a member of NALIP, please go to our website to join.

Application form with project materials and media/website links must be emailed to by midnight (PST) Sunday, April 28, 2013.  All applicants will be notified of the status of their application by Friday, May 17, 2013.

A $35 non-refundable processing fee should be mailed, BY THE IN OFFICE DEADLINE OF MONDAY, APRIL 29, to:

1642 Westwood Blvd., Suite 302
Los Angeles, CA 90024


Required application materials for feature documentary projects. Please email these required materials in one PDF document, with the exception of the credit card authorization. Please send credit card authorization as separate document since we destroy it once we have charged your credit card.

  • A two to three page program treatment of the proposed program detailing the content from beginning to end
  • Project budget and funders to date
  • A one page director’s vision statement that discusses the applicant’s aesthetic approach, point of view and the rationale as to why it is appropriate for public media
  • The director’s resume and a one page biography
  • A one page biography each of the producer and editor

Required work sample. Please send us the link to Vimeo, YouTube, or your project website. Password, if applicable, should give us access until June 1, 2013.

  • 10 minute sample or full rough cut of their project; either a trailer or edited scene selections (raw unedited footage will not be accepted)
  • Previously completed work (either short or long format in the non-fiction genre)


Please email these required materials in one PDF document.

  • An overview (up to 5 pages) of the project that includes:

− a detailed description of the project;

− why this project needs to live online;

− who your target audience or user is;

− why your project is appropriate for public media;

− a summary of what you hope to achieve at the academy;

− what technical or other resources you need (designer, developer, producer, etc)

− links to any new media projects you are inspired by.

  • Director’s resume and a one page biography
  • One page biography of all other key personnel

Required work sample. Please send us the link to Vimeo, YouTube, or your project website. Password, if applicable, should give us access until June 1, 2013.

  • link to previous work online;

All application materials must be emailed to by midnight PM PT on Sunday, April 28, 2013.  Please write in the email subject line: Your name, project title

Project teams (director, editor and producer (if one is attached) must arrive in Santa Fe, New Mexico on June 13 for orientation at 6:00 p.m.

Accepted Fellows must bring their own equipment, including as appropriate a laptop and DVD of their project, and necessary hard drives with their media. Edit bays will be provided for all documentary track Fellows.

Each feature documentary team will be assigned a professional editor and a producer who will work with them for the entire course.  Each project will be individually assessed at the start of the course to determine outcomes.

Each new media director will be assigned a professional mentor for the entire course work, depending on individual project needs.


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