Sunday, May 21, 2006

Tucson: Latino Producers AcademyT Application Deadline - June 7, 2006

Latino Producers Academy
August 8 – 18, 2006 Tucson, AZ
Application Deadline – June 7, 2006

A NALIP National signature program, in association with UCLA School of Theater, Film and TV Professional Certificate Program and the University of Arizona Department of Media Arts, Time Warner, Nielsen Media Research, Southwest Airlines and the Rockefeller Foundation

A documentary or narrative feature Producer is the person who causes a film to be made, and made well. NALIP believes that a Producer is the creative originator of films, a self-starter who recognizes ideas that have creative or commercial merit. Producers must have passion, a sensitivity for story and audience, plus the organizational ability and practical smarts to put together a project and guide it to and through the marketplace. The goal of NALIP’s Latino Producers Academy is to give our Fellows the practical skills and knowledge to accomplish their personal goals and artistic dreams as filmmakers.

The LPA Invites Applications from Documentary Producers in two categories:
Documentary producer/directors in development or production who have proposals and sample tapes, invited with their producer/director partners Documentary producers in post-production, who have rough cuts, invited with their editors

The LPA Invites Applications from Narrative Feature Producers in two categories:
Feature producers (including producer/directors or producer/writers) in development who have viable scripts ready for packaging and advancement towards production
Feature producers and their directors who have scripts in advanced stages of development with or ready to package (e.g. budget, executive summary, attachments)

The 2006 LPA includes hands-on practicum for Producers at all stages of their professional development. Documentaries in post-production will have opportunities to re-cut and score sequences with intensive mentoring on their rough cuts and completion plans. Feature projects with directors will work with crews and casts to rehearse, shoot, cut and score scenes from their upcoming production. Documentary and Feature projects in development will benefit from comprehensive skills development with an opportunity to return with a rough cut or director in a future year.

This program is competitive and highly selective. It is open exclusively to NALIP members, and only to filmmakers with produced work on which they played a key creative role. All Accepted Fellows are invited on full scholarship: materials, lodging, meals and local transportation provided by our supporters, plus honoraria for documentary editors. Applications are evaluated by a professional panel that considers the viability of each project, the type and quality of your prior work, your creative plans and commitment to a career in producing & media leadership, plus your potential to benefit from the Academy curriculum and opportunity.

The 2006 Latino Producers Academy is made possible by the generous support of:
Access Tucson; the AMPAS Foundation; ASU; Cox Communications; FedEX-Kinko’s; Ford Foundation; FOX Broadcasting; Hanson Arizona Film Institute; Hollywood Foreign Press Association; Latino Public Broadcasting; The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; MPA; Nielsen Media Research; Nosotros; Packair; POV; The Rockefeller Foundation; Southwest Airlines; Tucson Film Office; UCLA Department of Theatre, Film and Television; University of Arizona Department of Media Arts; Screen Actors Guild; Univision; and the Walt Disney Company.


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

  • Applicants must be current NALIP members. Full application, essay, recommendation, & project materials must arrive TO the NALIP OFFICE not later than Wednesday, June 7, 2006 (NO EXTENSIONS) NOTIFICATION by Friday July 7, 2006.
  • Each applicant must include a $25 non-refundable processing fee
  • Accepted Feature Fellows (producers & directors) must commit to arrive in Tucson, AZ on Tuesday afternoon, August 8, ready for orientation at 5:00 p.m.. Advanced preparation, including casting & crew consultations will be required for the 4 Feature Directors. Accepted Documentary Fellows (producer/directors & editors) must arrive in Tucson, AZ on Thursday afternoon, August 10 ready for orientation at 6:30 p.m., and will be asked to read all Fellow proposals in advance.

**Travel to Tucson is each Fellow’s responsibility**

  • Each accepted Fellow will be sent a list of items they should bring, but producers will need a laptop, a hard copy and an electronic copy of their script or documentary proposal and draft project budget, and be prepared to do assignments and revisions. Documentary Fellows will bring their rough cut and/or current sample tape to screen and edit on Final Cut Pro 4. Editors are provided $300 honoraria to work @ LPA.
  • Core curriculum for the 2006 LPA Documentary Fellows will include:
    Documentary story structure and development
    Review and mentoring of Rough Cut & sample tape trailer
    Evaluation of proposals, budgets and fundraising plans
    Clearances, scoring, outreach and distribution
    Production and post-production technology, crew and relationships
  • Core curriculum for the 2006 LPA Feature Producers and Directors will include:
    Script development and pitching
    Cast and crew management, scene preparation for production
    Production package and funding plan
    SFX and composer collaborations
    Director Fellows will select 2-4 challenging scenes to cast, shoot, edit, score and review


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