New York, NY, August 19, 2003 --As part of a continuing commitment to develop and support up-and-coming Latino filmmakers, Showtime Networks Inc. is proud to announce that George Valencia is the winner of SHOWTIME's 4th Annual Latino Filmmaker Showcase.  George Valencia, who directed the short film MOMENT TO MOMENT, will receive a $30,000 grant to use towards the production of a 15-30 minute short film, which will have its exclusive world premiere on SHOWTIME.
George Valencia's film MOMENT TO MOMENT will be the highlight of the SHOWTIME Latino Filmmaker Showcase, which will air on the network on Monday, September 15 at 9:30 PM (ET/PT) as part of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 -- October 15).

This year, Showtime Networks joined forces with the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) for its LATINO FILMMAKER SHOWCASE.  The Showtime Networks $30,000 grant was awarded to George Valencia following his win in the Best Short Award at the festival. Pancho Mansfield, Showtime Networks' Senior Vice President, Development, Original Programming participated as part of the LALIFF's international jury which also consisted of co-founders of the festival Edward James Olmos and Marlene Dermer.  Showtime Networks' Sandra Avila served as coordinator for the network's LATINO FILMMAKER SHOWCASE.
In addition to Valencia's film, the Latino Filmmaker Showcase will also feature four additional films, which received finalist status.  The network will also be premiering VESTERPINE by Gustavo Mercado. VESPERTINE is the final product produced by Mercado in collaboration with Showtime and the $30K he won from last year's SHOWCASE.
MOMENT TO MOMENT, directed by George Valencia
The everyday routine of an ordinary man is interrupted by ordinary reality in his own neighborhood.
AN ASSIGNMENT, directed by John A. Rangel
Tommy Diaz convinces his history teacher to pair him up with the studious Vicki Prentiss for an important research paper. His best friend Javier encourages the pairing, but he has ulterior motives, forcing Tommy to make a difficult decision.
ONE, TWO, THREE... a film by Miguel Rueda
What can happen next to Rico and Knox today? After realizing they have kidnapped the wrong man, they face an ever-lasting turn of events leading to an unexpected phone call that will change their lives forever
WHAT REALLY HAPPENED DURING THE CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS, directed by Charles McNamara and produced by Olga Arana
On the brink of a nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union over Cuba, a young single mother engages in a private battle with her two-year-old son over potty training.
FLIRTING WITH DEATH, a film by Matt Clements and Fernando Lebrija
Mort falls in love with the Angel of Death and he's willing to commit suicide to be with her. His guardian angel intervenes and convinces Mort that life is worth
living...especially when he sets out to find a long-lost love.
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