Call For Entries 2014 (Closed)

CALL FOR ENTRIES are now closed for the 2014 San Diego Latino Film Festival.

Early Entry Deadline: September 13, 2013
Entry Fees: Short Film ($15), Feature Film ($25)

Normal Entry Deadline: October 11, 2013
Entry Fees: Short Film ($25), Feature Film ($35)

Late Entry Deadline: November 8, 2013
Entry Fees: Short Film ($40), Feature Film ($60)

For entry form, click here.


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Media Arts Center San Diego is now seeking films and videos for 21st Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival (March 13-23, 2014) Media Arts Center San Diego’s prestigious and internationally recognized San Diego Latino Film Festival, soars into its’ 21st year with impressive and exhilarating new activities, special events and initiatives.

The 21st Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival (SDLFF) is now accepting entries for the 2013 festival. SDLFF will take place March 13-23, 2014 at the Digiplex Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center located in beautiful San Diego, California. Last year’s festival was attended by an audience of 20,500 actively-engaged film lovers, filmmakers, actors, programmers, distributors, industry representatives and journalists. The San Diego Latino Film Festival has used the unique geographical and cultural position of the San Diego Border Region to make the festival a premiere venue for the exhibition of international and U.S. Latino features, shorts and documentaries.

The 2013 San Diego Latino Film Festival will include expanded opportunities for participating filmmakers and their films/videos to take the spotlight. The following is just a taste of what filmmakers and attendees can experience by participating at the upcoming San Diego Latino Film Festival:

* 155 feature and short films to be screened
* over 100 guest filmmakers and actors
* SDLFF Awards Competition
* Latino New Media & Entertainment Sidebar
* Workshops/Seminars with industry representatives and filmmakers (i.e. “Financing”, “Distribution”)
* Cine’mation showcase
* SDLFF’s “Top Ten to Watch”
* Celebrity Guest Curator
* annual showcase of “Latinos in TV”
* “Tributes” to acclaimed filmmakers/actors
* Concerts @ the Fest
* Pre-Fest Launch Parties
* “Best of Fest” showcase
* Opening, Centerpiece, and Closing Night Gala Celebrations
* the SDLFF Awards Ceremony
* Free Student Outreach Screenings
* “Meet the Filmmaker” Dialogues
* SDLFF’s Annual “Border Visions” Sidebar


Twenty years ago, the San Diego Latino Film Festival was originally established as a student film festival focusing on works by Latinos and/or about the Latino Experience. Since that time, the San Diego Latino Film Festival has developed into one of the larger and most well respected Latino film festivals in the country.

Over 220,000 people have attended during the past seventeen years, and 1,900 films/videos from across Latin America and the United States have been screened. Past festival guests have included such renowned individuals as Eduardo Verastegui, Barbara Mori, Alfonso Arau, Robert Young, Miguel Littin, Angelica Maria, Dayanara Torres,  Demian Bichir, Kate del Castillo, America Ferrera, John Leguizamo, Bruno Baretto, Barbara Mori, Roselyn Sanchez, Alfonso Cuaron, Diego Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal, Carlos Carrera, Rodrigo Prieto, Alex Lora, Lupe Ontiveros, Bruno Bichir, Carmen Salinas, Luis Mandoki, Danny Trejo, Adal Ramones, Tony Plana, Elpidia Carrillo, Humberto Solas, Dennis Leoni, Arturo Ripstein, Paul Rodriguez, Patssi Valdez, Luis Valdez, Gregory Nava, Edward James Olmos, Lourdes Portillo, Moctesuma Esparza, Ray Bradbury, Jacob Vargas, Patricia Velasquez, Fernando Sarinana, Lucia Murat, Nancy de los Santos, Vanessa Bauche, and hundreds of other emerging and established Latino filmmakers.

Selection Process (Important Information)

SDLFF 2014 is seeking innovative works that are ‘by’, ‘about’ or ‘for’ the Latino community, that have been completed between 2012-2014. Work previously exhibited in the San Diego / Tijuana Border Region – whether theatrically at another local festival or broadcast on television, – is not eligible to apply. A panel of distinguished curators from the San Diego and Tijuana community will select the films and videos to be screened during the “Official Selection” of the festival. All entries will be pre-screened for eligibility by curators, however, not all entries will be programmed.

Films must be submitted with English subtitles if the dialogue is in a language other than English. Films must have been completed after January 2012. Because we use entry fees to make grants to filmmakers, fee waivers will not be granted. Exceptions will only be made for non-profit organizations and international governmental organizations.

*DVD screeners and press kits will not be returned.

Upon acceptance to the festival, a press kit is required, to include the following:

Features: 100 word synopsis in English, 2 hi-res film stills (300dpi, CMYK color), digital trailer
Shorts: 50 word synopsis in English, 1 hi-res film still (300dpi, CMYK color)
Optional: digital trailer

For exhibition the following formats will be accepted:
Features: 35mm, HDCam, Blu-ray, DCP. Features must be received by March 1, 2013
Shorts: must be received by February 1, 2013 in Digital format via USB or email. USBs will be returned.

*Submitters will be notified by January 23, 2014. Judges’ decisions are final. Due to the large number of films we receive, feedback on individual films will not be provided. Films entered after the November 9 deadline will not be reviewed or returned.

An additional panel of distinguished filmmakers, film critics, and actors will sit on this year’s Awards Jury. Awards are given for excellence in form and content. Films to be considered for competition will be determined by the Festival Curator.

Entry Categories:

Narrative Feature (40 or more minutes)
Documentary Feature (40 or more minutes)
Short (under 40 mins)
Local Film
Youth Short (no entry fee)

Awards Categories:

Best Narrative Feature
Best Documentary Feature
Audience Award Narrative Feature
Audience Award Documentary Feature
Best Short Film
Best Local Film
Best Youth Film

For questions, please EMAIL (no calls please) Glenn Heath at