The National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) has announced that it will present the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) with their We Are Inclusion Award during the 20th Annual NALIP Media Summit, July 25-28, in Hollywood. AAFCA co-founder and CEO Gil Robertson will be accepting the honor Sunday, July 28, at The Montalbán Theatre.
The historic Hollywood theatre is named after the pioneering Mexican actor and inclusion advocate Ricardo Montalbán, who is best regarded as Mr. Roarke from the hit ’70s and ’80s series, “Fantasy Island.” Montalbán’s career spanned seven decades and included an Emmy and Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild. It is the extensive history of pioneers like him that make the diverse efforts from these associations so timely and important in this moment.
The NALIP Media Summit will include creator workshops, market pitching sessions and inclusive networking opportunities. Its honored association, the AAFCA, has been advocating in the landscape of film across various media platforms to help promote diverse art and the cultural emphasis on the Black experience. The association was formed in the fall of 2003 and continues to celebrate the efforts and strides for inclusive film representation and studies.
From the press release:
For the past two years, NALIP has put a laser focus on encouraging diversity in Hollywood through its #WeAreInclusion campaign. That work is why NALIP has chosen to honor AAFCA. In a letter, NALIP Executive Director Ben Lopez noted that the honor, to be accepted by AAFCA co-founder and CEO Gil Robertson, recognizes “the cross-cultural impact [AAFCA] has had on emerging filmmakers of color” as well as Robertson’s visionary leadership to “distribute inspirational content, build an impactful membership, and hold dynamic events advancing diverse creatives.”
The mission of inclusion is a passionate one for AAFCA and Robertson and, in that work, NALIP has also been an ally. “It’s such a privilege to receive this award from NALIP on behalf of AAFCA,” said Robertson. “NALIP’s Executive Director Ben Lopez is a great compatriot and friend to both me and AAFCA overall. Both our organizations share common values in championing greater inclusion in the Hollywood community. AAFCA has partnered with NALIP on many initiatives. AAFCA wholeheartedly believes in the #weareinclusion vision and are proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with NALIP to realize that vision.”