Latinx directors Alberto Belli, Joel Novoa and Diego Velasco were tired of hearing Hollywood executives complain that “they would love to hire Latinx talent, but they couldn’t find it” – so that’s why, a year ago they decided to begin creating www.latinxdirectors.com – a database that showcases the community of talented Latinx directors who have the necessary experience and are ready to direct features.
“Despite Latinos being 18% of all Americans and 25% of all Gen Z, they are less than 5% of the directors in Hollywood. Most studios keep using the excuse that they can’t find the talent,” said Belli.
Their mission is to bridge studios and agencies with Latinx directors in the simplest way possible with a full, searchable website that includes film, TV, and commercial filmmakers with the hashtag #nomoreexcuses.
In just a few weeks, the site has garnered support from prominent directors including Phil Lord (The Lego Movie), Fede Alvarez (Don’t Breathe), Patricia Riggen (Jack Ryan), Gloria Calderon Kellett (One Day at a Time), Jorge Gutierrez (Book of Life), Zetna Fuentes (Ray Donovan), among others. Up until the official launch on Tuesday, July 14th, they have been receiving hundreds of submissions.
There are certain guidelines to be included in the database. Directors must have at least one episode of streaming or TV, a distributed feature, or a short that has participated in a top tier film festival to be able to qualify. So if you are a Latinx director with those qualifications, sign up today and show Hollywood that we exist and that we want to be both in front of and behind the camera.