The National Association of Latino Independent Producers is proud to present its 13th national conference NALIP 2012: Diverse Voices, Universal Content. Join us for a dynamic weekend of panels and workshops, plenaries, networking events, and our annual Achievement and Estela Awards. You don’t want to miss this amazing weekend!! We’ve assembled a list of questions and answers for your convenience. For additional information feel free to call the NALIP office at (310) 395-8880.
1. What is the NALIP national conference?
The NALIP national conference the only annual gathering of the Latino media field; this event is organized as a creative and business event for Latino filmmakers and those interested in Latino content. It is a dynamic, unique, and inspiring weekend of professional development and networking opportunities. For more information, visit the Conference Overview page.
2. Why should I attend the NALIP national conference?
The NALIP national conference is a great opportunity to network with fellow filmmakers, meet executives, and participate in a weekend of panels, keynote lunches, workshops, plenaries and the Gala Awards dinner. Running concurrent to the conference is the Latino Media Market, a NALIP Signature Program designed to bring funders, studio executives, distributors, agents, and other decision-makers together with NALIP members and their projects. Filmmakers may apply for the LMM, approximately 30 projects are selected each year to participate.
3. How much does the NALIP national conference cost?
The cost depends on your NALIP membership status, if you’re a member of one of our affiliate organizations, and when you register (the Early Bird rate is the most economical). For more information on conference registration, visit the Registration page.
4. When is the NALIP national conference?
The national conference begins on Friday, April 13 at 9am with a series of panels and workshops and ends on Sunday, April 15 at noon with the conference Town Hall meeting. A one-day special Latino edition of BackStage’s Actorfest is held on Thursday, April 12.
5. What is ActorSummit?
ActorSummit is a day of training, networking and skills building open to all Latino/a, Native American and performers of color; any age or level of experience. Actorfest presents workshops and conversations with casting, acting, and auditioning professionals. For more information on ActorSummit, visit the Actor Events page.
6. I’ve purchased my registration, when should I arrive?
If you purchased a weekend pass, and you’re an actor, you can join us for Actorfest on Thursday, April 12. If you’re not an actor, the conference begins at 9am on Friday, April 13 with conference check-in opening at 8am. PLEASE BE AWARE! You must check in at the registration office and receive your badge. A NALIP conference badge is required to attend all events at NALIP 2012.
7. Where will the national conference take place?
NALIP 2012 will take place at the Sheraton Universal hotel in Universal City, CA. The hotel address is 333 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City, CA 91608.
8. Where do I go once I get to the conference hotel?
When you arrive, follow the signs to the NALIP check-in office to receive your badge and registration bag. After you have your badge, you’re free to attend all workshops, panels, and events that are not advance sign-up!
9. Does the hotel have parking?
Yes, parking is available at the Sheraton Universal hotel. The fee is $10.00/day and $9.00/overnight.
10. Is this event open to all ethnicities?
Yes, the NALIP national conference is open to all ethnicities. You don’t have to be Latino! Many of our speakers and some of our award winners are not Latino.
11. Can I bring a friend, family member, etc. to the conference?
All conference attendees must pay a registration fee.
12. Can I attend just ActorSummit?
Yes. Registration for ActorSummit only is $20. For SAG and AFTRA members registration is $10.
13. How much does it cost to park for Actorfest?
The Sheraton Universal Hotel parking rate is $10.00/day and $9.00/overnight.
14. Are meals provided during the conference?
There is a Friday and Saturday Keynote Lunch for all registered conference attendees. For an additional $25, conference attendees may purchase a Saturday night Gala Dinner and Awards ticket. Otherwise, attendees are welcome to enjoy the Sheraton Hotel’s restaurant as well as the other eateries throughout the Universal Studios Theme Park and CityWalk.
15. Can I screen my work at the conference?
Yes. To screen your work (up to 10 minutes) sign up for NALIPsters on View at the Filmmakers Lounge in the conference hotel.
16. Does NALIP provide financial assistance to attend the conference?
NALIP makes available two types of scholarship support to a select and limited number of filmmakers for the national conference. Scholarships are available ONLY to NALIP, SAG, and AFTRA members who are registered for the conference. Recipients are responsible for their own registration fees and travel arrangements. For more information, visit the Scholarships page.
17. What is “At The Table With…”
ATTW is a series of group roundtable meetings with industry professionals. Each table consists of 10 people who will have 45 minutes to network with the executive of their choice. ATTW is NOT a pitch session, but is a great opportunity to talk face-to-face with a seasoned professional. Seating is limited so participants are selected on a first come first served basis. For more information, visit the Advance Sign-Up Programs page.
18. What is the Saturday night Gala Dinner and Awards?
The Saturday night Gala Dinner and Awards is when NALIP presents its annual Achievement and Estela Awards, which celebrate outstanding and historic achievements in the Latino media field. Past Achievement Award winners include Salma Hayek, Moctezuma Esparza, Edward James Olmos, Kenny Ortega and Lupe Ontiveros. Past Estela Award winners include Rodrigo Garcia, Natalia Almada, Nicolas Entel, and Peter Bratt.
19. How much does the Gala cost?
For conference attendees with a weekend registration, the Gala ticket is an additional $25 (when purchased during registration). A Gala Guest ticket can be purchased by an attendee for an additional $100. For those without a weekend registration, a Gala ticket can be purchased for $400 and will be the only event you can attend.
20. What is the dress code for the Gala?
It’s the Gala Awards Dinner, dress as beautiful and elegant as you want!