NY Latino Film Film Fest Open Call

(released 4/7/2008)

HBO and The New York International Latino Film Festival is calling all entries for the 5th annual HBO/NYILFF Short Film Competition. Jointly created in 2004, the competition seeks to foster films by Latino filmmakers and/or about the Latino experience.

One winner will be chosen from among applicants to receive $15,000 in funding from HBO to produce and direct a short film based on an original script entry. The completed short will be presented on screen this summer at the 2008 New York International Film Festival, July 22-27, and considered for broadcast on any of HBO's programming services.

Last year, filmmaker Freddy Vargas received the $15,000 grant from HBO to produce and direct a short based on his original script Hispaniola. The film, an endearing story of two boys from different worlds -- one Haitian, the other Dominican -- who develop a strong bond through baseball, garnered praise at the NYILFF.

Applicants will be notified if their screenplay has been selected by May 19, 2008. For official rules, regulations and submission forms, log on to http://www.NYLatinoFilm.com.

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