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Official HBO Latinx Short Film Competition
We are open for submissions!
The Official Latino Film and Arts Festival is proud to accept entries via FilmFreeway, the world’s premier platform to enter film festivals and creative contests. Ready to submit your work? Click below.

THE EVENT

The 6th Annual Official Latino Film and Arts Festival will take place this year in the City of Palm Springs, California. Due to COVID-19 health concerns, the festival will be shortened to one day: Saturday, October 24, 2020 (subject to change).

Last year, via the HBO Latinx Short Film competition, we were able to coordinate 3 licenses from our screening films directly to HBO. Three talented filmmakers will see their films stream on HBO this fall. This is a dream come true, not only for the filmmakers, but also for our organization.

WHO WE ARE

Filmmaker Danny Hastings (www.dannyhastings.com) created the Festival in 2015, in response to the lack of Latinx representation in Hollywood films and TV shows. Our mission is to showcase, nurture and support the emerging creative Latinx filmmakers who produce, direct and/or write their films in the United States.

See Official Rules for complete details. Open to Latinx filmmakers (writers, directors or producers) who are legal residents of the 50 U.S./DC or PR 18+ (19+ in AL & NE, 21+ in MS). Ends 11:59 p.m. PT on 8/21/20.

OUR FOCUS FOR 2020

Location

This year, we are going to highlight our American spirit and only accept films that were made in the 50 United States, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.
Since this is the first American Domestic Film Festival of its kind, we wanted to stand out from the many International Latino Film Festivals out there and do something different. Whether you filmed in the bustling New York streets, in the majestic Grand Canyon, or near the beaches of Hawaii, we want our amazing nation to be the backdrop of your films.

Theme

This year’s theme is Community. We want to see our neighbors, our family and our people portrayed in your films. For years, Latinx filmmakers have been writing, directing and producing short films here in the U.S. For reasons that we know too well, we still struggle to get any type of proper representation. We want to see our people in your stories; we want to see our community come together—to tell our stories.

Production Dates

For this year’s contest, we will be accepting films that were produced from January 1, 2019 through August 21, 2020. If your film has started to collect dust, send it our way. It might have a chance to get in!

Awards & Prizes

TOP AWARD:


  • BEST FILM

ADDITIONAL CATEGORIES:


  • BEST DRAMA AWARD
  • BEST COMEDY AWARD
  • 
BEST DOCUMENTARY AWARD
  • EXCEPTIONAL ARTISTRY AWARD (Animation/Stop Motion/Experimental)
  • BEST MUSIC VIDEO AWARD
  • BEST WEBISODE
  • BEST SKETCH COMEDY
  • BEST VIDEO BLOG
BEST OUT OF THIS WORLD AWARD (Horror and SCI-FI)
    BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
  • BEST SCRIPT

TALENT AWARDS:


  • BEST ACTRESS
  • BEST ACTOR

Rules

  • All films must be created in the United States.
  • All films must be written, directed and/or produced by a Latinx filmmaker.

Submissions

  • Short films should be recorded and edited in 16:9 aspect ratio with a minimum resolution of 720p and be encoded in h264 Quicktime MOV format.
  • Films should be 8–20 minutes in length.
  • Short films produced from January 1, 2019 through August 21, 2020.
  • Previous submissions are accepted.
  • Previous winning films are not eligible for consideration.
  • Limit 1 submission per person.
  • A film may only be submitted by 1 person.
  • Submission does not guarantee screening or acceptance. Notification of acceptance will be sent to participants by email from the Official Latino Office.
  • The submission fee is non-refundable.
  • The Competition is open to Latinx filmmakers (writers, directors or producers) who are legal residents of the 50 U.S., DC or PR. Entrants must be 18 years of age or older (19+ in AL & NE, 21+ in MS). Competition ends 11:59 p.m. PT on 8/21/20.
  • See Official Rules for complete details.

Please note: We are accepting online submissions only through FilmFreeway. WE WILL NOT ACCEPT DVDs. Please do not send them as they will NOT BE VIEWED.