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Distribution for US Latine Filmmakers
Presented by Comcast NBCUniversal Telemundo

Open to the Public

Registration Required - click here. Registration is open until May 29 at 11:59 PM PT

This three-day masterclass aims to address the distribution challenges that emerging and mid-career US Latine directors and producers face, and empower them to navigate the growingly complex distribution landscape. The program will offer hands-on training in strategic distribution, effective marketing and legal advice.

Each day will cover essential knowledge in the following areas:

Distribution Strategies: Explore case studies from successful independent filmmakers and learn how films can reach their right audiences.

Legal Tools: Learn common legal issues facing filmmakers and provide effective tools to address those issues.

Film Marketing: Develop effective traditional and non-traditional marketing strategies that will help promote your films, engage audiences and create buzz.

Key executives in the industry will be invited to each session to share their knowledge with you!


Giancarlo Nasi

Film producer, lawyer, and professor with expertise in international co-productions. He has produced over 17 films in collaboration with 18 countries through his company, Quijote Films. Giancarlo has also advised and participated in festivals such as RotterdamLab, Sundance Collab, and South by Southwest. His films have won numerous awards, including the Camera d'Or at Cannes and the Lion for Best Script at the Venice Film Festival.


Lisa Franek

Lisa Franek serves as Director, Sales and Distribution with Universal Pictures, Blumhouse Productions, Illumination and DreamWorks Animation titles.

Prior to Universal, Lisa spent four years at AMC Theatres, handling bookings for independent, Asian-Pacific, and Spanish-language films, as well as overseeing all film festivals happening at AMC locations nationwide. She was the Artistic Director of the Media Arts Center of San Diego and the San Diego Latino Film Festival, oversaw film projects as part of the Creative Catalyst Grant from the San Diego Foundation, and read grant proposals for Latino Public Broadcasting’s Public Media Content Fund. She also taught screenwriting and film history classes at San Diego State University, Platt College, and San Diego City College.

Chuck Sanders

Chuck Sanders serves as Branch Manager, Domestic Theatrical Distribution with Universal Pictures, Blumhouse Productions, Illumination and DreamWorks Animation titles. Chuck joined NBCU in 2007 as a Management trainee in the Universal Pictures Leadership Program where he was able to experience various aspects of the film business including Media, Creative Operations, In-theatre Marketing, and Film Finance before settling into his role as Assistant Manager, Sales and Distribution. Prior to Universal, Chuck spent 25 years in the retail space at various levels with time at Safeway Foods, Kmart, Toys R US, and finally as District Manager for AutoZone.

The Latino Film Institute is an educational organization and all networking opportunities during LALIFF are for educational purposes only.