Monty Lapica is the founder and managing partner of Coloma Ventures, a seasoned technology entrepreneur, and award-winning film director. Monty is also the founder and director of Thought Division, a leading production company responsible for creating television commercials and creative content for many of the world’s most recognized brands.
Born and raised in Las Vegas, Monty was the recipient of two academic scholarships and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television. Monty has merged his film background and passion for technology to create numerous web and ecommerce initiatives.
“Self-Medicated,” Monty’s debut feature film, which he wrote, directed, and co-produced at age 24, was the winner of 39 international film awards – the most of any independent film in its year of release – including the top prize at the Australian International Film Festival, the Grand Jury Prize at the Rome Film Festival, and the PRISM Award. “Self-Medicated” went on to be acquired by Lionsgate and was released in theaters nationwide and overseas.
Monty’s work has been recognized by publications such as the New York Times, TechCrunch, The Huffington Post, USA Today, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Times of India, and The Boston Globe. He has been invited to lecture at a variety of institutions including the University of Utah, Loyola Marymount University, Santa Monica College, and UNLV. Las Vegas Mayor, Oscar Goodman, honored the achievements of Monty and his producing partner by formally declaring August 31st to be “Monty Lapica and Tommy Bell Day.”
Monty is firmly entrenched in the arts community and is the founder of the Las Vegas Film Festival, which he built into the Nevada’s largest film festival before selling the event in 2012. He is an Executive Academy member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences and an official judge for the Webby Awards.
Monty serves as the President of the United States Tennis Association – Nevada (USTA) and is an advisory board member of the Marty Hennessy Junior Tennis Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides scholarships and educational opportunities for underprivileged youths through tennis.
In his free time, Monty enjoys snowboarding at Mammoth Mountain, California, where he was a competitive ski racer as a child. He’s an avid tennis player, and his favorite television show is “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”