Inclusion of the 3rd Los Angeles International Latin Film Festival – Deadline
The Los Angeles International Latin Film Festival (LALIFF) has announced the call for applications for its third annual LALIFF Inclusion Fellowship, which aims to champion underrepresented filmmakers within the Latino community. With continued support from Netflix’s Creative Equity Fund, ten self-identified Latino and Afro/Black Latino visionary directors will each receive $30,000 towards the production of their short films.
“Last year, LALIFF and Netflix expanded the Inclusion Fellowship by adding the Indigenous Latino cohort to the existing Black Afro/Latino cohort in an effort to elevate Latino voices and advance representation. As we enter our third year, we are proud to announce that Fellows will receive larger grants to help bring their stories to life. It’s fantastic to see Netflix realizing the need to invest more in the Latino community and in our stories,” says Edward James Olmos, Oscar® nominated actor, Founder of the Latino Film Institute (LFI) and Co-Founder of LALIFF.
Fellows from last year’s program – William D. Caballero, Evelyn Lorena, Nicole Mejía, Sebastián Rea, Kristi Uribes, Elyssa Aquino, Jeanette Dilone, Gabriela A. Moses, Alexis García and Eli Vazquez – all presented their films at the LALIFF 2022. The 2021 fellows have also found success with their short films. Monica Suriyage’s “La Ciguapa Siempre” qualified for the 2023 Academy Awards® and has played at 16 film festivals to date, and Justin Floyd’s “Quinceañero” at four film festivals, including the Canes.
“We know that better representation on screen starts with empowering more storytellers from historically excluded groups behind the camera. LALIFF is doing an incredible job of nurturing and training the next generation of Latino filmmakers, and we’re excited to continue this partnership for a third year of the Inclusion Fellowship,” said Pete Corona, Director of Drama Series at Netflix.
In addition to the $30,000 grants, selected fellows will receive one-on-one mentorship from industry leaders on topics ranging from production to distribution, as well as various networking opportunities. Netflix mentors will also offer support to the group of selected fellows throughout the development of their films, which will premiere at LALIFF 2023.
Through the Inclusion Scholarship, participants will further develop their careers and gain the industry access needed to succeed as working artists. For full requirements, please visit: https://laliff.org/fellowship/2023_submissions/. The call for applications is now open and the deadline is September 16, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. (PT).