BlackBerry Presenting Sponsor of Hispanicize 2012 National Latino Film Showcase

Hispanicize 2012 today announced BlackBerry® as the presenting sponsor and official handheld mobile device of its National Latino Film Showcase . Hispanicize 2012 (http://www.HispanicizeEvent.com), the third annual Latino trends event, will take place in Miami, April 10-13.

As part of its film showcase sponsorship and in support of its U.S. Hispanic Q’Viva The Chosen platform, BlackBerry will host the official Black Carpet of the event’s main film premier night on April 12 and will also award the best independent feature film of this year’s historic showcase with a $10,000 check. In addition, BlackBerry will be hosting a series of activities for Latino bloggers and media to showcase the newest line up of BlackBerry 7 smartphones and BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablets.

“Support from BlackBerry is a tribute to their track record for supporting bold events and innovations like our unique National Latino Film Showcase,” said Manny Ruiz, organizer and creative director of Hispanicize 2012. “The sponsorship BlackBerry is providing is laying a strong foundation for many U.S. Latino filmmakers to show their work to national media and bloggers.”

“With the brimming creativity that Latino Film makers have to offer, and to assist in the endeavor of bringing their art into the spotlight, we feel it is a privilege to sponsor the National Latino Film Showcase at Hispanicize 2012,” said David Anon, Sr. Director of Marketing for Latin America at BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM).

The Hispanicize 2012 film showcase is being produced in conjunction with the venerable Latin Heat Media, LLC and Getty Images Hispanic, two leading entertainment content platforms.

This year’s film showcase (http://www.hispanicizeevent.com) is expected to highlight more than a combined 40 feature length films, documentaries and short films by Latino filmmakers. The deadline for filmmakers to submit movies for the showcase was February 21.