Kiki Melendez Talks 3rd Annual Omni Cultural TV Fest for Content Producers [Exclusive Interview]

Omni Cultural TV Fest

Omni Cultural TV Fest

The one-day event of the 3rd Annual Omni Cultural TV Fest is on schedule to network aspiring content producers with buyers and distributors. The organization is partnered with the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) for a virtual event for everyone to experience in the safety and comfort of their homes.

The festival hosts virtual screenings, panels, competitions, workshops, and networking opportunities between content creators with buyers and distributors looking to acquire new television, film, and streaming content.

In the past couple of years, the expo screened over 200 projects with winners signing deals with companies such as Amazon Video and ShortsTV.

This year, the expo showcases some of its success stories, including:

  • Shari Belafonte: Found her agent for Chicks on the Links after the exposure of her trailer in Omni.
  • Isaac Fuentes: Secured a deal with Amazon for this project Escaramuza based on the competition with women in full Mexican gear from the 1800s competing on horseback. It is a competition that these women take seriously with competitors all over the world.
  • Danny Arroyo: Sold his short film to ShortsTV. He had a huge platform with ties to the Oscars and got his movie on Amazon.
  • Brandon Davis: A student film sold to ShortsTV

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This year, the expo presents Pitch-It!, a virtual pitch session where content producers from all experience levels will receive feedback on their pitches from industry representatives from networks, studios, production companies, and streaming services.

The deadline to sign up for Pitch-It! is on Sunday, January 15 via Eventbrite and Filmfreeway.

In this year’s event, guests can build customizable avatars to network with other attendees. For ticket purchases or to learn more about Omni Cultural TV Fest, visit www.omniculturaltvfest.com.

LRM Online’s Gig Patta spoke with co-founder Kiki Melendez as she discusses the purpose, schedule, and going virtual during this year.

Kiki Melendez is an actress, writer, comedian, and CEO of Latin Hollywood Films Inc. She created Kiki Desde Hollywood, which aired on Galavision. Also, she made Kiki Melendez’s Hot Tamales Live!, an all-female cross-cultural show that aired on Showtime Networks. In 2015, her documentary comedy Journey of A Female Comic qualified for the Academy Awards that year. In 2017, her company produced a full season (13 episodes) of Kiki Mobile, America’s first mobile talk show that aired on A+E Networks.

Watch the exclusive interview below.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Omni Cultural TV Fest

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Gig Patta

Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and IESB.net. He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @officialgigpatta.

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