US Film Industry Immersion Program: Focus on New York 2010

THE LATIN AMERICAN TRAINING CENTER WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER PROJECT PRESENTED “US FILM INDUSTRY IMMERSION PROGRAM: FOCUS ON NEW YORK”

June 20-24, 2010 – New York City


DESCRIPTION:

From June 20-24, in New York City, 20 Ibero-American filmmakers and other film industry participants in the US Film Industry Immersion Program: Focus on New York had the opportunity to experience an “immersion” into the commercial, legal, marketing, artistic, academic and new media aspects of the US audiovisual industry through an intensive schedule of meetings, presentations, seminars and other industry activities in the New York City area.

New York is famous for being the center for Indie filmmaking and the documentary community in the US and we will focus on this tradition. Co-productions and distribution with US independents and Hispanic producers in the US offer an important channel for Ibero-American producers to reach the US market. (See attachment 1). The LATC US Film Industry Immersion Program was open to Latin American and Iberian filmmakers, entertainment and media managers, lawyers, professors, US and foreign film students, executives and government officials. Producers and screenwriters are welcome to participate with or without film projects.

LATC has designed the US Film Industry Immersion Program and developed an exciting itinerary with its partners, the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP). LATC’s Immersion Program in New York is aimed at increasing the presence of Ibero-American talent and audiovisual content in the US market, as well as promoting co-productions with the US.

PROGRAM:

Upon arrival in the US, participants will enjoy a welcome and orientation session. In the following days, the program includes a full-day session with the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) and sessions with the New York branch of the Producers Guild of America (PGA).  In addition, we will meet with other high profile film industry players in New York such as the Writers Guild of America (WGA-East) and the management company Circle of Confusion, which represents writers and directors such as the Wachowski Brothers (The Matrix). The Oscar winning studios Focus Features and Sony Picture Classics, as well as Latin Film Distributor Cinema Tropical, are also on the agenda. HBO Documentaries and Indie Directors and Producers will hold sessions and panels. Other industry meetings include briefing sessions by a leading entertainment attorney, a film industry independent market consultant and top talent agency executive, as well as informal “pitching” sessions.

The thing in NYC is to blend in, so we will do as New Yorkers do and ride the subway, which is open 24 hours a day every day. Each participant will receive a MetroCard, a fare system pass which allows unlimited-rides for the days of our program. The subway is an integral part of the New Yorkers’ life and of the city’s melting pot culture.

THE IMMERSION PROGRAM PACKAGE:

  • 4 nights (June 20-24) in a four-star hotel (double occupancy) in Mid-town Manhattan area (extra nights optional, single rooms for extra charge – contact us);
  • Welcome and orientation session;
  • Professional Film Industry Meeting Agenda in New York City;
  • Breakfasts and lunches;
  • Airport-hotel transfers;
  • MetroCard for daily transportation to meetings and events.

THE IMMERSION PACKAGE COST AND PAYMENT:

  • Total cost: US$ 2,000
  • Total cost for Film Students: US$ 1,500
  • Total cost for Film Students without hotel accommodations: US$ 1,000
  • Reservation deposit: US$ 500 by May 15th
  • Deadline for submission of Entry Form and full payment: June 1st
  • All payments may only be made through PayPal system
  • Only 20 applicants will be accepted on a first-come-first served basis
  • Special Offer! Early bird discount of US$ 200 for first 10 submissions with full payment by May 1st!

REQUIREMENTS:

  • The US Film Industry Immersion Program: Focus on New York is open to professionals from Latin American countries, Spain and Portugal, and US and foreign film students with or without projects in development.
  • Producers who intend to present their film project in any of the meetings must provide a one-page synopsis (in English) by June 1st. Specific times and venues of presentations will be determined by LATC management.
  • Medium-level English proficiency (minimum: good comprehension, average speaking) equivalent to a TOEFL score 300.
  • Completed application with a one-page CV and non-refundable deposit (US$ 500) by May 15th.
  • Balance of program cost (US$ 1,500) to be paid by June 1st, 2010. US tourist or business visa.
  • Minimum age: 18.
  • NOTES:

    • Each participant is responsible for round-trip travel arrangements from city of origin to New York and US entry visa. (See attachment 2 for possible sources for financial assistance).
    • All accommodations are based on double occupancy. Single rooms available at extra charge of US$ 120 a day upon request.
    • Traffic in New York is especially difficult. Therefore, all transportation during the program will be made by subway. Those who wish may choose transportation by taxi at his own expense and responsibility. Departure times as per the schedule from the hotel and other locations will be strictly adhered to in order to ensure arriving in time for important meetings. If any participant miss a group departure, he/she will be responsible for arriving in time at the scheduled meeting at his/her own expense. Meetings may involve special passes and security checks on entering the buildings. Walking in during a presentation is not allowed.
    • Producers are encouraged to seek financial aid for partial or all of the above cost from their respective national government film and export promotion agencies (refer to suggested contact list in attachment 2).
    • Confirmations of receipt of application, non-refundable deposit, and final confirmation of completed registration with full payment will be provided by email.
    • Confirmation of the Immersion Program subject to minimum number of confirmed participants.
    • In the event of cancelation of the program, deposits made through PayPal will be returned, less corresponding PayPal transaction charge.
    • LATC reserves the right to make necessary changes to the schedule at any time, without notice, and the right to cancel/substitute meetings, seminars or dates/times, subject to speakers’ availability.

    ABOUT LATC
    www.latamtrainingcenter.com

    LATC is a regional professional media training and consulting firm based in Rio de Janeiro. LATC is focused on the new generation of audiovisual content producers in Latin America, based on new technology business models and digital rights management concepts. In addition to hosting and organizing workshops and seminars on filmmaking, it offers full-service consulting in specific audiovisual, fiscal incentive, co-production and legal areas. LATC is affiliated to:
    CILECT – Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision
    IFTA FOUNDATION – Independent Film & Television Alliance
    IFP – Independent Filmmaker Project
    NALIP – National Association of Latino Independent Producers
    EGEDA – Entidad de Gestión de Derechos de los Productores Audiovisuales
    FIA – Fundación para la Investigación del Audiovisual
    The Incentives Office

    ABOUT IFP
    www.ifp.org

    The nonprofit Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) is the nation’s oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers.  Since its foundation, IFP has supported the production of 7,000 films and provided resources to more than 20,000 filmmakers. Currently, IFP represents a network of 10,000 filmmakers in New York City and around the world.  IFP fosters the development of 200 feature and documentary films a year through Independent Film Week™, the Independent Filmmaker Labs™ and other activities.  IFP offers education in the art, technology and business of independent filmmaking through workshops, seminars, conferences, mentorships and Filmmaker Magazine™, the premier publication in the field.  Beginning in January 2008, IFP announced the establishment of its International Alliance to offer cultural organizations a complementary immersion program in professional development for their filmmakers. Through a daylong series of panel discussions and networking, capped off with a social event, IFP provides the perfect gateway to the North American industry. Current International Alliance members include: Telefilm Canada, Unifrance USA, Latin American Training Center (LATC) and the Indo-American Arts Council.