Maya Entertainment and Blockbuster(R) Team Up to Advance Latino Films With Film Festival & Screenwriting Competition
Together, the companies are presenting two programs. The first is Maya Independent sponsored by BLOCKBUSTER(R), a 10-city film festival featuring internationally acclaimed films, actors and filmmakers. The second is Project Goldenlight, a national screenwriting competition.
“We recognize the growing Hispanic marketplace and the massive opportunity to further capture those consumers with the launch of these projects,” commented
Maya Independent sponsored by BLOCKBUSTER(R) will take Latino-themed films and exhibit them theatrically as part of a mid-year, 10-city tour, including at theaters owned and operated by Maya’s sister company Maya Cinemas. Following the theatrical tour, the films will be available for rental exclusively at BLOCKBUSTER stores beginning with Hispanic Heritage Month in
“We are excited to team up with Blockbuster to bring quality films to general audiences in both a theatrical and video platform,” said
The film program will include both domestically produced and internationally acclaimed films never before distributed in
“Historically these films might not have been released theatrically and as a result not be seen in the format for which they were created,” added
Project Goldenlight, the second facet of the relationship, is a screenwriting competition in which esteemed industry experts will select an original screenplay from a pool of contestants to be developed by Martinez, who also manages the development team at Maya. Depending on the output of the project, the final product will be released theatrically and then have an exclusive rental window at participating BLOCKBUSTER stores.
Industry experts who will participate in the Project Goldenlight selection process include Moctesuma Esparza, film producer and CEO of Maya Entertainment;
The Project Goldenlight competition is scheduled to launch in the spring through www.LatinoReview.com in association with The National Association of Latino Independent Producers (“NALIP”) Producer’s Academy.
About Maya Entertainment
Maya Entertainment, headed by award winning producer Moctesuma Esparza and co-chaired by
Blockbuster Inc. (NYSE: BBI, BBI.B) is a leading global provider of in-home movie and game entertainment, with more than 7,500 stores throughout the Americas,
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