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NALIP 2014 Media Summit Gala Awards

The NALIP Awards committee is currently in the process of nominating Latino media makers and Latino luminaries who will receive this year's prestigious NALIP awards. During the NALIP 2014 Media Summit Gala Awards, we will present the winners within the following categories:

  • ESTELA AWARD in NARRATIVE
  • ESTELA AWARD in DOCUMENTARY
  • LUPE AWARD
  • ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Stay tuned, we will announce the winners in the weeks to come... In the meantime, take a look at our past Gala Award Winners:

NALIP 2013 Gala Awards Winners

 

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ESTELA NARRATIVE AWARD: AURORA GUERRERO

Xicana filmmaker, LGBT director, and screenwriter from California. Described as activist first and filmmaker second, Guerrero focuses on collaborative work with her communities.

 

ESTELA NARRATIVE AWARD FINALIST: JESSE SALMERON (Dreamer, 2013)

 

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ESTELA DOCUMENTARY AWARD: BEN DeJESUS

As founder of Diamante Pictures, Ben DeJesus is a rising director/producer in the worlds of television, music videos, commercials, dvd and web content.

  

ESTELA NARRATIVE AWARD FINALIST: KIMBERLY BAUTISTA (Justice For My Sister, 2012) 

 

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LUPE AWARD: GINA RODRIGUEZ

An American actress. She is best known for her roles as Majo Tenorio in musical drama film Filly Brown and as Beverly in the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful.

 

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LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR MEDIA ADVOCACY: NATIONAL HISPANIC FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS

Actors Jimmy Smits, Sonia Braga, Esai Morales, Merel Julia along with the attorney Felix Sanchez created the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts in 1997 to advance the presence of Latinos in the media, telecommunications and entertainment industries. 

 

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LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: DANNY TREJO

An actor and producer who has developed a prolific career in the movie business.

 

 


NALIP 2012 Gala Awards Winners

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ESTELA NARRATIVE AWARD: PATRICIA MARTINEZ DE VELASCO

An award-winning director of short films and documentaries.

ESTELA NARRATIVE AWARD FINALIST: GERARDO NARANJO (Miss Bala 2011, Drama/Mex 2006)

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ESTELA DOCUMENTARY AWARD: ARI LUIS PALOS & ERIN ISABEL McGINNIS

Filmmakers from Dos Vatos Productions deeply influenced by Mexican traditions of storytelling.

ESTELA DOCUMENTARY AWARD FINALIST: TATIANA HUEZO SANCHEZ (El Lugar Más Pequeño "The Tiniest Place" 2011)

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LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR ADVOCACY: JERRY VELASCO

An accomplished actor, producer, publicist, arts advocate, union organizer and personal manager, as well as president of Velasco & Associates.

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LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: RITA MORENO

An actress who has managed a thriving entertainment career for nearly 70 years. She belongs to an elite group of only eight living performers who have won the industry’s most prestigious awards: the Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Grammy.


NALIP 2011 Gala Awards Winners

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ESTELA NARRATIVE AWARD: JAVIER FUENTES LEON

Peruvian film director based in Los Angeles and best known for his directorial long-feature debut Undertow (Spanish title Contracorriente).

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ESTELA DOCUMENTARY AWARD: FRANCISCO BELLO

Oscar and Emmy nominated filmmaker and founder of Ropa Vieja Films.

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LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR ADVOCACY: GOV. BILL RICHARDSON

Bill Richardson is one of the most prominent Hispanic politicians in the United States.

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OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: SOFIA VERGARA

One of the leads on ABC's six-time Emmy award winning series, "Modern Family" and one of the few Hispanic stars to find crossover success.

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DEDICATION TO DIVERSITY AND COMMITMENT TO LATINO MEDIA AWARD: POV

Produced by American Documentary, Inc. and beginning its 24th season on PBS in 2011, POV is the longest-running showcase on American television to feature the work of today’s best independent documentary filmmakers.


NALIP 2010 Gala Awards Winners

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ESTELA NARRATIVE AWARD: PETER BRATT

Writer, director and producer. With his critically acclaimed independent first feature film Follow Me Home (1996), he dared to explore race and identity from the multiple and intersecting perspectives of Chicanos, African Americans, and Native Americans.

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ESTELA DOCUMENTARY AWARD: NICOLAS ENTEL

An Argentine born - New York based filmmaker. He directed the multiple award-winning documentary film Orquesta Tipica. He is also the founder of Red Creek Productions, one the largest Latino owned production companies in the US.

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OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: LUPE ONTIVEROS

An award-winning actress, producer, activist, and visionary who has made many memorable and lasting contributions to the entertainment industry.

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LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR ADVOCACY: ALEX NOGALES

Regarded as one of the entertainment industry’s leading spokespersons for Hispanic media advocacy. He has dedicated his career to creating employment opportunities for American Latinos in front of and behind the camera in film, television and radio.

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OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: PETER MURRIETA

Writer, executive producer and producer of television shows and genre movies that have reached great success with audiences of all ages. Produced the successful TV show “Wizards of Waverly Place” for the past three years, which won an Emmy in 2009.

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DEDICATION TO DIVERSITY AND COMMITMENT TO LATINO MEDIA AWARD: Disney-ABC Television Group

A leading network representing diversity as recognized by the industry. In 2008, ABC picked up six ALMA awards for the promotion of fair, accurate and balanced portrayals of Latinos in the entertainment industry.


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ESTELA NARRATIVE AWARD: CRUZ ANGELES

Director, writer and editor. This Brooklyn-based filmmaker, made his feature film directorial debut at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival with Don't Let Me Drown.

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ESTELA DOCUMENTARY AWARD: HUGO PEREZ

A director, producer, writer, editor, and cameraman whose work often focuses on his Cuban heritage. Perez is Producer and Director of Neither Memory Nor Magic - a feature documentary recipient of a 2010 NEH Chairman’s Grant.

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OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: KENNY ORTEGA

An Emmy-award-winning producer/director/choreographer whose box office gross for his creative work just surpassed $1 billion. He is director of High School Musical (1, 2 & 3) and Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert.

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PIONEER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR ADVOCACY: RAY ANDRADE

A media activist, producer, and pioneer in advancing diversity within the field of Latino Media. In the late 60s and 70s he created Justicia, a Chicano protest group that challenged the lack of and inaccurate portrayal of Chicano representation in media.

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PIONEER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AS A FILMMAKER: RAPHAEL MONTAÑEZ ORTIZ

A Rutgers University professor of fine arts. In the late 1950s, he was a central figure in the international art movement of Destructivism, producing significant “destroyed” works in recycled cinema, performance, and sculpture, including the first U.S. Latino film.

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CORPORATE COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY: HBO & HBO LATINO

The premium television programming subsidiary of Time Warner Inc., providing 24-hour pay television services to over 40 million U.S. subscribers. These services offer the most popular subscription video on demand products. HBO Latino is a dedicated Spanish-language premium channel that delivers compelling and relevant programming to the U.S./Latino market.


NALIP 2008 Gala Awards Winners

ESTELA NARRATIVE AWARD: PATRICIA RIGGIN

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Director of La Misma Luna/Under The Same Moon. Her first short film, La Milpa, screened in over 30 international film festivals and received 20 awards, among them the Student Academy Award and the Mexican Academy Award for Best Short Film.

ESTELA DOCUMENTARY AWARD: ALMUDENA CARRACEDO

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Director, producer, cinematographer, co-editor and co-writer of the documentary Made In L.A. The film received a strong critical response and was called “An excellent documentary… about basic human dignity” by The New York Times.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: LIGIAH VILLALOBOS

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Head Writer on the Nick Jr. series, “Go, Diego! Go!,” and is the Writer/Executive Producer on the feature film La Misma Luna/Under The Same Moon.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN ADVOCACY AWARD: MAGGIE RIVAS-RODRIGUEZ, PhD

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Associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Journalism.  In 2007, she spearheaded a national initiative to ensure that the experience of Latino WWII veterans was included, in a meaningful way, in the Ken Burns documentary series, “The War.”


NALIP 2007 Gala Awards Winners

ESTELA NARRATIVE AWARD: JUDY HECHT-DUMONTET

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Writer, director, and a producer of the film Tortilla Heaven. She is a past winner of the Directors’ Guild Award for most outstanding new Latino filmmaker.

ESTELA DOCUMENTARY AWARD: NATALIA ALMADA

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Her debut feature-length documentary Al Otro Lado is about immigration, drug trafficking and Corrido music. It was nationally broadcast on PBS’ P.O.V. in August 2006 and had a special week-long engagement at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: "UGLY BETTY" PRODUCING TEAM

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The creative minds behind the hit television show “Ugly Betty” first took their inspiration from writer/producer Fernando Gaitan, creator of the original Colombian novella “Betty La Fea.” Salma Hayek and her partner Jose Tamez are Executive Producers of “Ugly Betty.”

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR ADVOCACY: EDWARD JAMES OLMOS

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Actor, producer, director and community activist Edward James Olmos was born and raised in East Los Angeles. He has received an LA Drama Circle Award, an Emmy (and three nominations) and two Golden Globe Awards. In 1988, he received an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of Jaime Escalante in Stand And Deliver, which he also produced.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN FILM: GEORGE ROMERO

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Writer/director and has been making films from the age of 14, matriculating into the industrial-film business in Pittsburgh. In 1968, he accrued enough capital to make his first feature-length film, the graphically gruesome zombie picture, Night Of The Living Dead.


NALIP 2006 Gala Awards Winners

ESTELA NARRATIVE AWARD: RODRIGO GARCIA

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Colombian-born and raised in Mexico City. He has been credited as a cinematographer, writer, and director. He photographed Danzon, Mi Vida Loca and the television movie Gia.

ESTELA DOCUMENTARY AWARD: MARILYN AGRELO

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Director of the documentary Mad Hot Ballroom. With over 15 years of experience in the world of filmmaking and production.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: MOCTEZUMA ESPARZA

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Award-winning filmmaker, producer, entertainment executive and entrepreneur is well known for his contribution to the movie industry and his commitment to providing access and opportunities for Latinos in Hollywood.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR ADVOCACY: HELEN HERNANDEZ

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For the last twenty years, she has been the Executive Producer for the Imagen Awards. Over the years, the Imagen Foundation has honored such entertainment industry professionals such as Placido Domingo, George Lopez, Andy Garcia, Crisitina Saralegui, Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Phil Roman, Edward James Olmos, Bill Melendez, Rita Moreno, Jennifer Lopez and Hector Elizondo. These awards exemplify the best of what Hollywood can produce in portraying the image of Latinos and Latino culture.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN PRODUCING: DAVID VALDES

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One of the film industry's busiest and most respected film producers. During the course of his long and diversified career, he has enjoyed successful collaborations with such noted filmmakers as Clint Eastwood, Francis Ford Coppola, Frank Darabont, Kevin Costner and has helped launch the careers of a number of popular actors.


NALIP 2005 Gala Awards Winners

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: JEFF VALDEZ

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One of the first to recognize that Latinos wanted to see themselves in English-language TV programs beyond the traditional Spanish-speaking stations, Mr. Valdez created, hosted, and produced the local Los Angeles TV series COMEDY COMPADRES and a myriad of other projects, leading the Los Angeles Times to dub him “the Ed Sullivan of Latino talent.”

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: RAUL YZAGUIRRE

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His involvement in many of the most critical legislative and public policy issues of the last three decades has made him a key national player on behalf of Hispanic Americans.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AS A PRODUCER: LOURDES PORTILLO

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Mexico-born and Chicana identified, her films have focused on the search for Latino identity. In 1978, after graduating from The San Francisco Art Institute, she used American Film Institute Independent Filmmaker Award monies to create her internationally praised narrative film After The Earthquake/Despues Del Terremoto, about a Nicaraguan refugee living in San Francisco.


 NALIP 2004 Gala Awards Winners

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN PRODUCING: SALMA HAYEK

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Prolific actress, producer, director and Academy Award Nominee, Salma Hayek produced and starred as the Mexican surrealist painter Frida Kahlo in the successful biographical film Frida. Hayek powered the project into production by the sheer force of her desire to bring the story of her countrywoman to the screen.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR MEDIA ADVOCACY: RICHARD PEREZ

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A teacher, community activist, and published author. He is a leading analyst of media stereotyping, campus organizing, youth leadership development and political empowerment, and an outspoken commentator on urban problems, electoral politics, and U.S. economic structure.

PIONEER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN PRODUCING: DR. AIDA BARRERA

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With a long history as a creator and producer-director of television and radio programming that focuses attention on American minority populations, with a special emphasis on U.S. Latinos.