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Hispanic oriented children’s network, film festival invite Latino youth to film contest

Posted by Elena del Valle on April 1, 2008


Maria Badillo, vice president of Programming, ¡Sorpresa! Network

Photo: ¡Sorpresa! Network

¡Sorpresa! Network and the Hamptons International Film Festival are partnering for the second year in a row on the ¡Sorpresa! Youth Film Competition at the 16th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival, October 15 to 19, 2008. For this year’s competition, ¡Sorpresa! is looking for outstanding Latino themed short films created by young people ages 17 and under that illustrate “The World You Imagine.” 

¡Sorpresa! representatives are soliciting submissions of original three to five minute short videos or films depicting each participant’s Hispanic themed work by September 2008. Five finalists will be selected and screened at the Hamptons International Film Festival. Contest organizers declined to identify judges or their affiliations. In addition to press release announcements, event promoters will engage in outreach to schools and art programs.

“We are pleased to provide a platform for Latino youth to share their perspective,” said Karen Arikian, executive director of the Hamptons International Film Festival. “The ¡Sorpresa! Youth Film Competition offers a unique opportunity for the Festival to demonstrate its commitment to up-and-coming filmmakers from the Latino community by showcasing their short films before international film directors, producers and industry members.”

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The competition winner will be announced at the Festival and featured in Luz, Camara, ¡Sorpresa!, one of the network’s programs. The winner will receive a $1,500 scholarship to attend the New York Film Academy’s Youth Film Training which includes a training component at Universal Studios in California.

“Our partnership with the Hamptons International Film Festival provides the perfect avenue to display the creative abilities of our audience,” said Maria Badillo, ¡Sorpresa! vice president of Programming. “Several of the films generated by the ¡Sorpresa! Youth Film Competition will not only be seen at the Festival, but also in the more than one million cable homes in which ¡Sorpresa! is available across the country.”

¡Sorpresa!, part of Juniper Content Corporation, is one the nation’s first Hispanic children’s television networks and digital communities. ¡Sorpresa! is available on Cablevision, Charter Communications, Comcast, Cox Communications, Time Warner, Verizon FiOS and participating National Cable TV Cooperative systems and in Puerto Rico on Liberty Cable Systems and OneLink. ¡Sorpresa! content is also available through third party multiplatforms, including: MobiTV, the provider of Spanish language video services to Alltel Wireless, AT&T & Sprint, Brightcove, the exclusive broadband video player to, and VOD providers Akimbo and AT&T Homezone.

The Hamptons International Film Festival was founded to celebrate independent film and to introduce a unique and varied spectrum of international films and filmmakers to the public. The festival is focuses on exhibiting films that express fresh voices and differing global perspectives, with the hope that these programs will enlighten audiences, provide invaluable exposure for filmmakers and present inspired entertainment. 

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