Topic: IMAGINATION IN THE TIME OF PANDEMIC: STORIES BY LATINX CREATIVES
How has the pandemic impacted the work of Latinx artists and their stories? Has it narrowed the focus? Broadened it? Or simply changed the stories? Join Moderator Lorena Russi for an invigorating discussion featuring Latinx creatives from different disciplines.
Moderator: LORENA RUSSI
Lorena Russi is a Queer-Latinx Pro Soccer Player turned Comedian and Filmmaker. Her decade in entertainment ranges from Writer-Director-Host for PBS to Writing-Producing for The Late Show w/ Stephen Colbert digital team. Follow her @ColonialManFace or follow her home, dealer’s choice!
CHRIS YONG-GARCIA is a designer and cultural producer based in New York City. In 2008, he founded his own graphic design studio, Eyestorm Design. He is also the founder of LatinLover Food & Travel Magazine; launched in January 2012, the publication strives to unite Latinos and non-Latinos with the common denominator, of love for Latin culture.
CARMEN FEBO- SAN MIGUEL was born in Ciales, Puerto Rico, graduating as a physician in 1973 when she moved to Philadelphia. Under her leadership, in 2016, Taller completed and moved into a stunning $11.5 million, cultural center in the heart of Philadelphia’s Latino community. In 2019 she was recognized as a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania. She currently serves on the city of Philadelphia Art Commission.
KRISTIAN MERCADO FIGUEROA is a Puerto Rican filmmaker whose music video PA’LANTE won the ’19 SXSW Jury Award. He’s directed comedy specials for Hannibal Buress and SNL’s Sam Jay. Recently, his screenplay MELA received a Cinereach grant. His work is celebrated for its portrayal of working class struggles, systemic oppression and visionary mixed media style.
IVELISSE “Bombera de Corazón” DIAZ was born and raised in Humboldt Park, the heart of Chicago’s Puerto Rican community. A life-long student and practitioner of Bomba, in 2009 she founded her own Bomba dance school, La Escuelita Bombera De Corazon, which has been providing classes to a diverse population in Chicago for a decade. She is a co-founding member and lead vocalist in Bomba con Buya. With 27 years of learning and continued studies, Ivelisse has become a well-known vocalist, dancer, and leader within the Bomba community in Chicago and beyond.
Click on the “Register Here” button to reserve your spot for the CYF Young Filmmakers Conference at St. Francis College on Wednesday, September 29, 2021.
Learn about the newest trends in immersive storytelling and get inspired by connecting one on one with award-winning filmmakers and creatives from around the world. CYF Young Filmmakers Conference provides an opportunity for aspiring filmmakers to learn cutting-edge ideas, discover new interests and network with professionals who are ready to answer questions, share tips on their experience in the industry.
Join us in exploring an incredible day of powerful storytelling!
The Young Filmmakers Conference is Virtual!
Join us here at cineyouthfest.org
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Starting st 11:00am
11:00am – 11:30am – Welcome, Introduction and Icebreaker
• Welcome: Jennifer Lancaster,
VP for Academic Affairs/Academic Dean, St. Francis College
• Introduction: Luis Alejandro Molina,
Director, Cine Youth Festival
• Details of “My Pandemic Year” contest
My Pandemic Year: (60-second video) –
- Theme: “My Pandemic Year”
- Format: 60-second movie in .mov or .mp4 format
- The submission deadline is Friday, October 1, 2021, at 5pm
Submission Link: bit.ly/My-Pandemic-Yr
11:30am – 12:15pm
1st Workshop: From Script to Screen & the Art of Storytelling
Moderator: Dr. Augusta Palmer (SFC) Moderator Filmmaker & Scholar
- Dr. Raquel Ortiz, Emmy-nominated
storyteller & Anthropologist
- Waldo Cabrera, Emmy-nominated Journalist & Storyteller
- Kathryn Grant, Playwright, Instructor
12:15pm – 1pm 2nd Workshop Production – Lights, Camera, & Cinematography
Moderator: Ben Guzman, Moderator Grammy-nominated Platinum Record Producer, Director
- José “Jay” Rivera, Film & Technical Director
- Kacho López Mari, Latin Grammy Award Winner & Filmmaker
- Ana Maria García, Director & Scholar
1:00-1:30PM CYF Sneak Peek & Intermission
Featuring the Films:
Chicago (01:35), Coqui Serenade (01:49), PandeMates (05:22)
1:30pm – 2:15pm Filmmaker’s Roundup
Panelists: Kris Merc, Alex Ramírez, Neyda Martínez, Tami Gold, Juan C. Davila, Sade Falebita
2:15pm – 3:00pm 3rd workshop Post Production – Editing: Making the Right Cut
Aura María Jiménez Villanueva, Post Production & Digital Content Coordinator
- Adrian Nuño, Filmmaker, Actor
- Andrew Nuño, Writer, Podcaster
- Tami Gold Panelist Producer & Professor
3:00pm – 3:30pm Conference Closing
• Lina Sands, CYF Marketing, announcing the Judges and Awards show.
• Sizzle reel produced by SFC student Johnnely Saldaña, Social Media Coordinator
Download the Festival Program.
Film Festival dates: September 18 – October 16
Free Entry: July 19th – August 2nd
Standard Entry: August 2nd – August 16th, 2021
Late Entry: August 17th, 2021 – August 30th, 2021
Student Film Fee: $10 Standard Entry, $15 Late Entry
Regular Submission Fee: $20 Standard Entry, $25 Late Entry
Technology, Arts and Culture, Environmental, Education, Social Empowerment.
Only films 30 minutes or shorter are eligible.
No, we are only accepting finished projects/films.
The project needs to have been produced and completed within 2018 till now.
Yes, English subtitles are required.
Yes, within the last 3 years to be consistent with submission.
The minimum age requirement is 16 years old. All legal responsibilities of a Minor under the Official Rules will be assumed by his/her Parent, and a Minor winner’s prize will be awarded in the name of the Parent for the benefit of the Minor. In the event a potential prize winner is a Minor, the Minor’s Parent may be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Release on behalf of themselves and/or the Minor, and any other legal documents that Sponsor may require, including documentation to have an agreement affirmed by a Surrogate’s Court. To be eligible to win the Student Prize (defined below), you must be enrolled in high school or enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at a community college or four-year college or university (a “Student”). If you enter the Contest as a Student, you are eligible to win only the Student Prize.
A Film must be submitted to the Sponsor in one of the following formats: .mov, .mp4, or .m4v. There is an upload size limitation of 100MB per Film. If your film is larger than 100mb, please contact us directly at TCCYF@hitn.org.
During the Contest Period, submit through cineyouthfest.org or enter cineyouthfest on Filmfreeway’s website and submit there.
Residents of the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, and Vermont should contact TCCYF@hitn.org directly to obtain an Entry Fee Waiver. There will be no refunds of any Entry Fees, regardless of whether a Film is selected or not, except at the Sponsor’s sole discretion.
Yes, however, each entry must be a different film, not multiple entries for the same film.
Films may only be submitted by legal residents of the 50 United States, Washington D.C. or Puerto Rico.
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Watch the Cine Youth Fest Awards Show, Sunday, October 24, 9:30am EST/PST!
Studied production at the prestigious International Film and TV School of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba (EICTV). His documentary Aljuriya was awarded the 2005 Best National Documentary at the San Juan Cinemafest. He directed, wrote and produced Secessionism, part of 10 en la música, awarded Best Documentary at the 2009 San Juan International Film Festival and Flor de María.
from SanJuan, Puerto Rico. Paloma's of work covers documentary portrait features; feature films, short film; television music specials;
sitcoms; series; live concerts; music videos; and commercials. A film graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts ‘94, she founded her own production company, Ninguna Ciencia (No Rocket Science) in ‘96 in San Juan.
Actor, mime, juggle, set designer, director, professor, Julio's life revolves around the theater. In 2008 he starts his own cultural enterprise ArteBoricua and has since participated in more than 25 theater festivals around the world.
A Mexican-American actor/producer, know for "Wonderstruck" with Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams, directed by Todd Haynes by Amazon pictures as well as Jack Ryan, NBC's "For life", Showtime's "Billions", NBC's "New Amsterdam","The Blacklist","Gone" and "Blindspot", Marvel's "The Punisher", CBS' "Madam Secretary" , Starz' "Power" etc. His uncanny ability to perform in English and Spanish, has won him an special place among directors and producers looking to use diverse talent.
Liliana Espinoza is currently the Projects Director at the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), where she oversees the various programs and departments including the Latino Lens Incubators, Latino Media Market, NALIP Media Summit, Diverse Women in Media Forum and Emerging Content Creators Inclusion Initiative, targeted to advancing Latinx and diverse creatives across all media platforms.
Sophie is a filmmaker as well as a programmer. She has directed short films and worked in film production on shorts, feature films, and music videos in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Madrid. Her love for Latino film was born over many years of study and extensive travel throughout Latin America.
Tami Kashia Gold’s career as a multidisciplinary artist and cultural worker spans over three decades. As a professor at Hunter College CUNY she teaches documentary production and LGBTQ non-fiction studies.
Nation’s largest Spanish-language public broadcasting network to expand footprint by 40,000 SF
Brooklyn, NY – HITN, the leading Spanish-language network that offers educational and entertainment content to more than 44 million households across the United States, announced it has signed a ten-year lease with the Brooklyn Navy Yard (BNYDC) to expand its corporate headquarters in New York City. The deal marks a significant expansion for HITN’s facilities in Brooklyn, NY, where it currently occupies 21,000 square feet. After the agreement, HITN will take an additional 25,000 square feet of interior space and 15,000 square feet of rooftop studio space.
The network has been on a planned expansion drive for the last three years, stated Michael D. Nieves, the network’s CEO and president. “We determined that in order for HITN to remain a relevant source of smart programming for Hispanic families, we would need to adapt to the evolving habits of ‘anytime, anywhere’ media consumption. I’m proud to say that these efforts are paying off. We now reach 44 million households and more Hispanic families than ever before.” He added: “Since Brooklyn has now replaced Manhattan as New York’s destination for media productions, it was only natural that our expansion occurs at the Yard.”
Along with its headquarters’ HITN will also build a LEED-certified, state-of-the-art rooftop TV studio with latest technology and event space will feature beautiful views of Lower Manhattan, the Williamsburg Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge. This facility will be used by HITN in its television and production operations and other media organizations.
“HITN has a dynamic plan to fulfill its mission of serving the US Hispanic community through the creation of content in genres as varied as nature, current events, science and technology, health, and children’s programming. Having more production space will allow us to be more self-sufficient, optimize costs, and increase our production volume,” said Guillermo Sierra, head of television and digital services for HITN.
The new studio expansion will produce content which aims to mirror the unique bicultural Hispanic lifestyle in New York City and across the country. HITN’s programming lineup includes several awards winning shows that have a focus on health and wellness, science and technology, natural history, early- education and analytical content designed to inform Hispanic audiences and help them enjoy a better quality of life in the United States. In recent years, HITN has expanded its programming slate, closing several content agreements with global networks such as Discovery, National Geographic, AMC and BBC.
HITN’s growth over the past five years also prompted this expansion. When completed, HITN will add 40 to 65 new jobs. Recently, the network has hired more than a dozen new employees and offered internships to over 20 high school and college students. The new facility will house close to 100 employees, will be completed in early 2019.
HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv