Zoe Saldana’s Cinestar Pictures to Join Judging Panel for Voces Nuevas
Culver City, CA (November 13, 2018) – Cine Sony, Sony Pictures Television’s premier movie channel for the bi-cultural U.S. Latino audience, and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) today announced the launch of Voces Nuevas, their inaugural short film contest for aspiring filmmakers throughout the U.S. Through January 31, 2019, filmmakers age eighteen or over who reside in the U.S. are invited to submit short films from two to 20 minutes in length. Judges reviewing submissions include actor and co-founder of Cinestar Pictures Zoe Saldana; Cinestar Pictures co-founders Cisely and Mariel Saldana; award-winning actor and producer Esai Morales; award-winning actress, producer and activist Lisa Vidal and senior creative executives from Sony Pictures Entertainment Worldwide Acquisitions and Screen Gems.
“Cine Sony is delighted to partner with NALIP to provide a platform to champion the talent and creativity of up-and-coming filmmakers in the U.S.,” said Jeff Meier, Senior Vice President and General Manager, U.S. Networks, Sony Pictures Television. “On Cine Sony, we have a diverse array of entertainment content from comedies to action movies that reflects the varied interests of our Latino audience. With Voces Nuevas, we are continuing that commitment to showcase the diverse perspectives of aspiring content creators with different backgrounds and experiences.”
Voces Nuevas aims to discover and celebrate emerging film talent while providing a new resource for content development. Entrants will compete for the chance to win $10,000 plus airfare and accommodations for up to five nights in Los Angeles for the opportunity to meet with Sony Pictures Television executives there. The winner will also be awarded a scholarship to the 2019 NALIP Media Summit.
“NALIP is a prominent supporter of Latinx inclusion, a crucial and vital element in progressive entertainment and media. NALIP is thrilled to collaborate with the Cine Sony short film contest, ‘Voces Nuevas’. We believe this partnership will give Latinx filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their films to a wider range of audiences,” said Ben Lopez, Executive Director for NALIP.
“My sisters Cisely, Mariel and I are thrilled to be judging the first annual Voces Nuevas film contest,” offered Zoe Saldana. “Every opportunity to amplify Hispanic voices and stories is a further step toward empowering a community that significantly contributes to the cultural vibrancy of America.”
Submissions for Voces Nuevas are open through January 31, 2019. Please visit http://www.CineSonyVocesNuevas.com for contest rules, and more information on how to enter for free. Follow CineSony on social media to get the latest on Voces Nuevas via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.