Sunny Hostin, Andrea Navedo and Alana de la Garza Will Be the Judges Of the Jeff Lima Production Award

Jeff LIma Tisch School NYU

Three of the Latinx community’s most respected actresses and TV personalities, Sunny Hostin (The View, Truth About Murder), Andrea Navedo, (Jane the Virgin, Bright) and Alana de la Garza (FBI, FBI: Most Wanted) will serve as the judges of the second annual Jeff Lima Production Award — a grant of $10,000 awarded to a Latinx graduate student or alum from the Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts to help advance the Hispanic image in Hollywood.

Hostin, Navedo, and de la Garza will have the challenging task of picking a one-of-a-kind person to be the winner among a talented group of applicants. “I am thrilled to have the talents of Sunny Hostin, Andrea Navedo, and Alana de la Garza — amazing and talented Latinas — to help us find the best new Latino voices at NYU Grad Film,” said Jeff Lima, the grantor of the award who is best known for his roles on NBC’s primetime drama Chicago Fire and the HBO miniseries, Show Me A Hero. “We are looking for unique projects that describe a market validation and how this film advances the Latinx image on-screen,” explained Lima to BELatina.

Last year’s award went to MFA candidate Max Walker-Silverman for his film Chuj Boys of Summer — a story about a group of Guatemalan people living in small-town Colorado. “Max Walker Silvermans’ Chuj Boys of Summer tells the story of a group of young men who have left their native land behind, and in doing so aim to find this concept of ‘home’ in rural America. These men take refuge in each other’s company,” Lima told Social Life Magazine. “This film is imbued with cultural specificities and a rich sense of humanity, which can often be overshadowed on the merit of our predisposition toward immigrants.”

This year the Jeff Lima Production Award started accepting submissions on December 10th, and NYU will announce the winner of the award during the Spring 2020 semester. Applicants must submit a proposal, a bio, a short screenplay, synopsis, and a director’s artistic statement of intent, which will also include the film’s market validation and a budget for the film. To be eligible for the award, you have to be a Graduate Film Program thesis student (3rd year and above), or alumni who graduated from the program within the past six years (those who graduated after January 2014). Eligible NYU Tisch Grad Film alumni interested in applying should send an email to

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