FIVE VISIONARY AFRO LATINO DIRECTORS WILL RECEIVE A PRODUCTION

GRANT AND PREMIERE THEIR FILMS AT LALIFF 2021

NETFLIX TO SPONSOR IN THIS INAUGURAL YEAR

LOS ANGELES, CA – September 15, 2020 – The Los Angeles Latino International Film
Festival (LALIFF) announced today the launch of LALIFF’s Inclusion Fellowship Series. This
newly established program will focus on building a more inclusive and equitable industry for all
members of the Latinx community. Each year, the fellowship will champion an underrepresented
group from within the Latinx community.
For its inaugural year, Netflix is sponsoring the program for five visionary directors who identify
as Afro Latino to create a short film that will have its world premiere at LALIFF 2021.
Academy Award®-nominated actor and co-founder of LALIFF and the Latino Film Institute,
Edward James Olmos says, “For Latino representation in Hollywood to change, we need to
create funding and distribution opportunities for our storytellers. The LALIFF Inclusion
Fellowship is exactly that. For our first fellowship, we are proud to highlight Afro Latino voices
because Black lives are Latino lives.”
“Netflix is excited to partner with LALIFF in helping to foster the next generation of Latino talent,”
said Pete Corona, Manager of Original Series at Netflix. “Discovering new voices behind the
camera will lead to bringing fresh and diverse perspectives in front of the camera, and we can’t
wait to see what these new filmmakers will create.”

Each filmmaker will receive individualized mentorship from an established filmmaker, one-on-
one meetings with industry leaders from production to distribution and various networking

opportunities. The completed films will premiere as part of a special program during the 2021
version of LALIFF, where the fellows will also have the opportunity to participate in the festival’s
Industry Week, to further develop their careers and gain industry access needed to succeed as
working artists. Netflix will also offer support to the selected group of fellows throughout the
development of their films.
LALIFF’s Inclusion Fellowship series will award a $20,000 grant to each of the five selected
fellows for the production of a short. For the full requirements, please visit:
https://latinofilm.org/fellowship/. The call for submissions is now open and the deadline is
October 14, 2020. The selected filmmakers will work with their mentors and partnered
organizations from November 16 through April 16, 2021.

About LALIFF
The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) is a premiere international
event dedicated to showcasing the entirety of human experience from the Latino perspective,
whether through film, television, digital, music, art, or any other vehicle, regardless of platform.
LALIFF is presented by the Latino Film Institute (LFI), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with the
mission to showcase, strengthen, and celebrate the richness of Latino lives through the audio-
visual event. LFI develops, activates, and supports artists, creators, and executives through

pathways and platforms for the expression and appreciation of their work.
For more information and updates on LALIFF visit www.latinofilm.org.
For more information on the Youth Cinema Project visit www.youthcinemaproject.org.
Follow LALIFF on social media:
● Instagram: @laliff_
● Twitter: @laliff
● Facebook: facebook.com/laliff
About Netflix
Netflix is the world’s leading streaming entertainment service with 193 million paid memberships
in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety
of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on
any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without
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