I guess you could say that Filly Brown (at least for me) was conceived at NYLIFF 2006, because I spent the entire week with Youssef. During this time we learned we had similar tastes in film and decided that we should collaborate on something down the line.
When I started out as a playwright, the quality of your work could get you in almost any door, but things have changed -- now it's the quality of your networking ability that matters -- with very few and rare exceptions.
HBO will have significant presence at this year's festival, first and foremost, through the HBO/NYILFF Short Film Competition, a joint partnership that has offered new Latino talent a chance to produce a winning script to film since 2004.
The film projects "La Toma," "Entre Nos" and "Autumn's Eyes" have one thing in common, Paola Mendoza and Gloria LaMorte. They are sisters in creativity in a field where not many women have a stage, get recognized, and much less as Latina filmmakers.