Netflix commits to supporting Latinx filmmakers

The five winners of the production grants will present short films at the 2021 LALIFF festival. Image: IStock/HAYKIRDI via AFP Relaxnews.

Netflix has stepped up to encourage more diversity in the film industry. The leading streaming platform has joined forces with the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival to provide five filmmakers who identify as both African and Latino with production grants of $20,000 (approx. P970,000).

In the future, the new annual program will promote the advancement of members of the Latinx community in their bid to gain recognition in the exclusive world of the movie industry.

Changes are afoot in the movie industry. Hot on the heels of the announcement of new standards for inclusion in the Academy Award for Best Picture, the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival has announced a new annual “Inclusion Fellowship” program, which will turn a spotlight on under-represented groups in the Latinx community.

Grants of $20,000

For its first year, the program plans to provide funding for five Afro-Latino filmmakers, who will each receive grants of $20,000 to produce a short film that will premiere at the next Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) in 2021.

Along with cash funding, the selected applicants will also be offered guidance from professional directors, a chance to consult with industry leaders and a host of other opportunities.

Last but not least, Netflix itself will be offering the support for the development of the films. All in all, this is a fine initiative, which is all the more welcome given that it comes at a time when the Black Lives Matter movement has highlighted the cause of minorities in the United States.

“Discovering new voices behind the camera will lead to bringing fresh and diverse perspectives in front of the camera and we can’t wait to

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Derrick Pumaren aims to get La Salle back on top

MANILA, Philippines — Derrick Pumaren is fully aware of what he signed up for when he returned as head coach of La Salle’s men’s basketball team.

Pumaren steered the Green Archers to back-to-back UAAP titles in 1989 and 1990 and this time, he’s still not settling for less than that in his second tenure with the team.

“I did not come here just to work or just to coach. I’m here to win,” Pumaren, who took over the post last January, said on The Chasedown.

La Salle hasn’t won the title since 2016 back when Aldin Ayo was still at the helm.


THE CHASEDOWN | SEPTEMBER 19, 20203 weeks to go bago ang pagbabalik ng paborito nating liga, ang PBA! Tuloy na ang bubble na lalaruan ng PBA, at gaganapin ito sa Clark, Pampanga. Makakausap natin si Coach Johnedel Cardel ng Terra Firma Dyip para alamin kung handa na ba ang team hindi lang physically kundi mentally, para sa 2 months na nasa loo lang ng bubble. Makakapanayam din natin si DLSU Green Archers Head Coach Derrick Pumaren tungkol sa bago niyang recruits na sina Mark Nonoy at Deo Cuajao na lumipat galing UST. Lakers, panalo sa game 1 ng NBA Western Conference Finals laban sa Nuggets! Jimmy Alapag, ililipat na ang pamilya sa US for good? Lahat ng iyan at iba pang sports news dito lang sa The Chasedown!

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The Green Archers have also missed the Final Four the past two seasons.

“We’re in unfamiliar territory right now. So I have a job to do to bring La Salle back to the Final Four. That is the immediate goal of the team, and probably get the championship for La Salle,” said Pumaren, who recently had coaching stints

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Al Hilal battle with coronavirus spread to impact gripping AFC Champions League group-stage finale

A gripping finale for the restarted 2020 AFC Champions League group stages in the West Zone is, once again, overshadowed by depleted holders Al Hilal’s alarming coronavirus crisis.

The Group B-winners, who named just three substitutes for Sunday’s goalless draw with Iran’s eliminated Shahr Khodro, have suffered 31 infections throughout their camp since they arrived in Doha a fortnight ago. Ex-France centre forward Bafetimbi Gomis, electric Saudi Arabia winger Salem Al Dawsari and former Italy maestro Sebastian Giovinco are among 19 players to have returned positive tests, though skipper Salman Al Faraj is one of three to recover.

Their weakened ranks will undertake an influential role in deciding who follows them into the round of 16. 2019 Uzbekistan Super League winners Pakhtakor possess a one-point advantage over the UAE’s third-placed Shabab Al Ahli Dubai Club, who are the 2019/20 Saudi Professional League victor’s last opponent on Monday.

The top two in each of the region’s four pools will continue their journeys throughout this unprecedented three-week charge, ending with October 3’s semi-final. Group D is the only one already decided, with Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr and Qatar’s Al Sadd secure as the top two.

All four sides from Group C, in contrast, can progress on a thrilling Thursday.

The direct shootout between resurgent Sharjah, who smashed Saudi Arabia’s Al Taawoun 6-0 on Monday, of the UAE and third-placed Persepolis of Iran is the standout midweek clash, with both locked on seven points. A three-point buffer for leaders Al Duhail of Qatar – the other club to record a positive COVID-19 test on the ground – is likely to act as insurance versus the bottom-placed Saudis of Taawoun.

Al Wahda, of the UAE, were considered withdrawn from the competition when not allowed to travel by authorities because of their enforced 14-day quarantine

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