Who Are We?

An intensive, fully funded, 10-day professional program for
emerging Latino filmmakers living in the Los Angeles area.

The program is created in collaboration with Hola Mexico Film Festival,
the largest festival of Mexican cinema outside Mexico, and UNAM,
National Autonomous University of Mexico, the largest
and oldest academic institution in Latin America.

Mission

To serve as a bridge between Mexico and Hollywood by

opening doors to both industries for talented, young filmmakers.

Goal

The goal is to provide the participants a first-class network

of Mexican and Hollywood filmmakers, faculty and resources to

promote inclusion and collaboration that results in the creation

of innovative Latino film work.

How To Apply

Application submission for 2017 is now closed.

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Our 2017 Participants

Our participants are selected based on the quality of their film work, experience and commitment to the profession, and their potential to become ambassadors to their Latino culture and heritage.
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Our 2017 Guests

Our guests are selected in the following categories:

  • Most recognized Mexican filmmakers in the industry
  • Faculty from universities with top-ranked film programs
  • Speakers from organizations devoted to film industry diversity initiatives such as NALIP, WGA-West, DGA and Fox Audience Strategy
  • Panels from studios, agencies and production companies
  • Directors and actors invited to present their films at the Hola Mexico Film Festival

Program Content

Keynotes

Creating meaningful connections with top leaders in the Latino film industry. Participants had the opportunity to listen to different perspectives from top leaders in the film industry and engage in meaningful conversations beyond the classroom. Some of our speakers included:
  • Rodrigo Prieto – Academy Award Nominee for The Wolf of Wall Street. • Patricia Riggen – First Mexican female director for Sony Pictures. • Moises Urquidez – Well-known Mexican TV and Film Director. • Michel Franco – Cannes Un Certain Regard Award winner.
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Visits and Panels with the experts

Visiting and meeting professionals at their workplace. • CAA hosted a visit and presented the panel: The Business of Representation. Jelani Johnson, CAA Agent, provided an overview of CAA, examining the business of representation and discussing what it takes to build a career in entertainment. • Fox Audience Strategy hosted a visit and presented a session with Gina Reyes, Creative Director.

Hola Mexico Talks and Screenings

 Providing full access to Hola Mexico Film Festival the participants were able to attend all of the screenings, events and red carpets. The directors, actors and producers attending the festival had sessions scheduled in the program with Q&A panels lead by the participants.
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Academic curriculum

Providing the career tools that prepare filmmakers to enter the industry • Entertainment Law, by Loyola Law School • Film Producing by CSUN • Screenwriting by UCLA • Marketing, distributing and new media by Pantelion.

Showcase

Creating a tight professional network of collaboration among the participants. The participants had the opportunity to pitch their stories and present their work and receive feedback from their peers.
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Resources

Creating awareness and knowledge of the career resources available for Latino filmmakers. The participants were introduced to panelists from NALIP (National Association of Latino Independent Producers), the Writer’s Guild of America-West and the Director’s Guild of America.

For more information about TFT contact:

Diana Luna

Program Director

lunagdiana@gmail.com

TFT@unamla.org

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Special support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.