NEW YORK — Showtime and Jeff Valdez of Si TV have partnered to create the Latino Filmmaker Showcase to support up-and-coming Latino filmmakers.

The annual showcase will be held in conjunction with a competition in which three to five finalists will have their work featured in a Latino Short Film Festival on Showtime.

The winning filmmaker will be given a $30,000 award and the opportunity to work with Showtime development execs to use the prize money toward the production of a short film that will premiere on the cable channel.

Opportunity awaits

The panel that will select the finalists includes director Gregory Nava (“Mi Familia,” “Selena”), actor Edward James Olmos (“Gossip,” “Mi Familia”), actor Nestor Carbonell (“Suddenly Susan”), producer David Valdes (“The Green Mile”) and producer Moctesuma Esparza (“Selena”).

“The creation of this Latino Filmmaker Showcase reinforces Showtime Network’s continuing efforts to help up-and-coming filmmakers showcase their talents,” said Pancho Mansfield, VP of development of original programming at Showtime. “There is a tremendous pool of Latino talent out there, and Showtime is looking forward to introducing them to the industry and our subscribers.”

For information concerning the Latino Filmmaker Showcase and its short film competition, contact: Showtime’s Latino Filmmaker Showcase Program, Showtime Networks Inc., 10880 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1600, Los Angeles, CA 90024, Attn: Lorie Hope.