Feature Film & Documentary

Feature and documentary filmmakers at the NALIP Media Summit will explore innovative ways to create with us. Content creators will be equipped on new opportunities and transformative tools on how to navigate the new parameters of feature films and documentary.

At the NALIP Media Summit, we will explore and analyze current trends, issues, and future perspectives of films and documentaries that are being developed, as well as how Latinos can actively contribute to the subject. The convergence of media has greatly affected traditional filmmakers. For better or worse, there are tremendous opportunities for feature narrative filmmakers and documentarians. Come create with us and learn what this ever changing industry has to offer Latino content creators.

Through the Eyes of a Cinematographer: Master Class
Cinematography Master Class
Creators Studio 2

This session is one of a kind, featuring cinematography master, Dana Gonzales. Known for his work on successful productions such as Legion, Fargo and Southland, Gonzales will use this session as an interactive case study. Join us as he demonstrates the creative aspect of imagining an artistic look, and actually making it happen. Find out why Gonzales has earned the title master by heading camera and lighting departments, as he breaks down his role of director of photography through engaging, and interactive strategies and demonstrations.

Speaker: Dana Gonzalez (Cinematographer)

Indies for a More Perfect Union
Presented by ITVS
Creators Studio 2

Bold storytelling builds a more just society and ITVS works in partnership with independents to bring those stories to American and global audiences. An in-depth charla of how ITVS develops and supports work that takes creative risks, tackles complex issues, and our commitment to diversity - on both sides of the camera.

Speakers: Grace Lee (Producer, Director KTOWN ’92), Katia Maguire (Co-Director, Producer HOME TRUTH)

Moderator: Monika Navarro (Sr. Manager of Content & Initiatives, ITVS)


Critical Voices: The Importance of Film Critics of Color
Creators Studio 1

Discussions about diversity in the entertainment industry have reached a fever pitch. What's often ignored is the importance of film and television critics from all backgrounds. Along with an increase in movies and TV shows focusing on people of color, we need diverse critics to analyze these stories. You'll hear from critics of color about why they're uniquely positioned to write about issues of diversity, and how their point of view is vital to criticism. Filmmakers will learn who and how to pitch to increase media awareness of their diverse projects. Movie fans will come away with an understanding of why the field of criticism desperately needs a shakeup.

Speakers: Gil Robertson (President/Founder, African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA)), Carlos Aguilar (Film Journalist/ Film Critic ), Carla Renata (Film Journalist), Jocelyn Wang (Consultant and Digital Entrepreneur)

Moderator: Vanessa Erazo (Film Editor)

Animation Master Class
Presented by Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios
Latino Lens Space

Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios will host NALIP’s Animation Master Class, welcoming Moana producer Osnat Shurer, Cars 3 co-producer Andrea Warren, and Coco co-director/screenwriter Adrian Molina. The filmmakers will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the making of an animated feature, sharing some of the secrets of their storytelling and revealing details about the process of finding and building unique stories that are relatable to audiences worldwide.

Speakers: Adrian Molina (Co-Director,"Coco"), Andrea Warren (Co-Producer, "Cars 3"), Osnat Schurer (Producer, "Moana")

Moderator: Francisco Caceres(TV Host & Producer)

Crush the Narrative – Creatives Talk PBS Factual
Presented by PBS
Creators Studio 1

PBS Factual Content is a window to the world, reaching millions each month in genres covering the arts, science, history, culture, and public affairs. Join media creatives in a conversation on how to think outside the box and make multi-platform, non-fiction content that breaks boundaries, challenges ideas, and offers a fresh perspective. Now’s your time to Crush the Narrative and explore a universe of stories waiting to be revealed.

Speakers: Cameo George (Head of Video and TV at OZY.com), David Alvarado (Independent Producer/Director), Anna Lee Strachan (Producer, NOVA Wonders), Pamela A. Aguilar (Senior Director of Programming & Development for PBS)

Moderator: Sonya Childress (Director of Partnerships & Engagement for Firelight Media)

+Followed by a Mixer hosted by PBS


Docs on-the-go: Convergence Of Media
Creators Studio 2

During a time of fast-paced media consumption, this session will focus on the hybrid between journalism, documentary and new platforms that allow Latinx voices to be heard. As we maneuver the next four years under a new presidential administration, we want to empower our members to share compassion and empathy through the many stories begging to be told within our nation and our world.

Speakers: Loira Limbal (Vice President and Documentary Lab Director, Firelight Media), Funa Maduka, Mike Porath

Moderator: Veronica Villafañe (Publisher, Media Moves and Contributor, Forbes)

NALIP Diverse Women in Media Initiative
Latino Lens Space

5:30 pm - 6:10pm   NALIP Digital Trailblazer Recognition Award

Digital Trailblazer Recognition Award presented to Lele Pons (Creator, Entrepreneur, and Author) by Ana Flores (Founder and CEO of #WeAllGrow Latina Network). 

6:20 pm - 7:15 pm   Signature Conversation with Xan Aranda (Producer/Director), Amy Gravitt (Executive Vice President, HBO Programming) and Melonie Diaz (Actress)Moderated by Kelly Edwards (Head of Talent Development, HBO)

The women behind the upcoming HBO series Room 104 engage in a signature conversation to discuss their experience and the process of putting together an anthology series set inside a hotel room. They will also share insights on the present and future of the role women play across media and what are the next steps.

7:15 pm  - 8:00 pm  Mixer


Create and Engage with Public Media: The Pushouts Documentary Case Study
Presented by CPB
Creators Studio 1

Presented and hosted by CPB  


Join public media producers and professionals to discuss how new content creation and distribution models are being developed with innovative engagement strategies as the package for compelling storytelling that connects with broad audiences and inspires meaningful dialogue. With The Pushouts as a case study, panelists will explore public media production, touching on topics of effective engagement campaigns, alternative distribution, high-impact local and national partnerships, and new audience research, as CPB continues its support of content related to the Latino community.

Speakers: Dawn D. Valadez (Co-Director/ Producer , The Pushouts), Luis Ortiz (Managing Director, Latino Public Broadcasting), Chris Hastings (Executive Producer, WORLD Channel), William Caballero (Digital Filmmaker)

Moderator: Joseph Tovares(Senior VP & Chief Content Officer, CPB)

This panel will be followed by a Mixer hosted by CPB.

Latinos in TV Animation
Presented by Disney ABC Television Group
Creators Studio 3

Disney|ABC Television Group will showcase a panel with top Latino writers, producers and artists from across Disney Television Animation discussing the variety of career opportunities in television animation and the process of creating an animated series.

Speakers: Francisco Angones (Co-Producer and Story Editor, "DuckTales"), Pilar Flynn (Producer, "Elena of Avalor"), Illya Owens (Lead Editor, "Mickey Mouse"), Jose Zelaya (Character Designer, "Mickey and the Roadster Racers" & "The Lion Guard")

Moderator: Silvia Olivas (Co-Executive Producer and Story Editor, "Elena of Avalor")


Adaptation: Crossing Markets
Creators Studio 1

Discover the financial opportunities and challenges producers face when venturing markets abroad. Speakers will share insights through case studies, how to successfully adapt IP from paper to screen and from one market to another. Learn how to properly navigate the Latin American market and beyond, as well as the benefits it brings for independent producers.

Speakers: Flavio Morales (Executive Vice President, Endemol Shine Latino, U.S. Initiatives), Nick Lafferty (Agent, Television Scripted – International, CAA.), Nicolas Entel (Filmmaker), Aislinn Derbez (Actress)

Moderator: Marcos Vergara del Carril (Entertainment Lawyer, Sheppard Mullin)

Latino Media Market: How to Pitch Workshop
(Restricted Access. By Invitation Only)
Latino Media Market

The LMM session will share with the NALIP Latino Media Market Official Selections techniques and tools to pitch their project in order to build a relationship in the industry, secure distribution or completion funds for their project.

Beyond The Score
Creators Studio 1

Film and television composers discuss the art of enhancing a story through music. Composers will discuss the breadth of music used in film and television, including their own experience in classical and electronic music. Whether it's meant to excite or desolate, explore the elements of a great score.

Speakers: Juan Carlos Rodriguez (Film and TV Composer), Tony Morales (Composer), Sharon Farber (Film &TV / Concert Music Composer), Carlo Siliotto (Composer)

Moderator: Daniel Hamuy (Composer-Music Producer)


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