Inclusion Fellowship

Submissions are open for the LALIFF Inclusion Fellowship until October 14, 2021.

LALIFF’s Inclusion Fellowship Series, sponsored by NETFLIX, is an ongoing program focused on building a more inclusive and equitable industry for all members of the Latino community. This year we are doubling the number of fellows and the Fellowship will be awarded to five visionary directors that identify as Indigenous Latino and five visionary directors that identify as Afro Latino.

The ten selected participants will receive $20,000 each and mentorship from industry professionals to complete their films. Completed films will premiere at LALIFF 2022.

For the purpose of this program:

  • Indigeous Latino will be defined as any filmmaker living in the United States who self-identifies as Indigenous from a community in a Latin American territory or as Chicano/Xicanx or Mexican Native American.
  • Afro Latino will be defined as any filmmaker living in the United States who self-identifies as Afro Latino.
  • Applicants must be 21 years of age or older.
  • Applicants must be allowed to work in the United States.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Professional Merit: Open to emerging filmmakers who have completed at least one short film, have not yet completed a feature film and are ready for the next step in their career.
  • Artistic Merit: Have a clear vision of what they want to execute and accomplish, with a powerful voice.

Required Materials for Submission

  1. Project Treatment 
    Must include:  Working title, Plot synopsis, and,  Development
    • Must be written in English (although the final film can be in a different language)
    • Must be 3 pages or shorter (single space, Arial font)
    • Must be for a short film (less than 15 minutes) of any genre
    • Must be the original work of the submitter created solely for the purpose of this competition
  2. Director’s statement 
    Elaborate on your motive and vision behind your proposal for this fellowship. (Max. 2 pages - Single space, Arial font)
  3. Identity Statement 
    Provide a short statement on your connection to your Indigenous Latino or Afro Latino identity and community (max. 300 words)
  4. Samples of previous work
    It can be a director’s reel or excerpts from previous work (Max. 5 minutes)

For any questions related to the application, contact


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Inclusion Fellowship: In The News

Dec 4, 2020

LALIFF Grant Recipients Unveiled


In response to the economic impact of COVID-19, the Native American Media Alliance and Netflix have established the Native Americans in the Entertainment Industry COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Dec 3, 2020

LALIFF Selects Five Visionary Afro-Latinos For Their Inaugural Latinx Inclusion Fellowship Series


When it comes to representation and diversity on the screen, festivals have a big responsibility. From selection, screening, and dissemination, their platforms are today — especially during a pandemic — one of the fundamental tools for changing the tone of the visual narrative.

Dec 2, 2020

5 Afro-Latinx Filmmakers Receive Grants as Part of LALIFF’s Inclusion Fellowship Series


This week, the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) selected five Afro-Latinx filmmakers to receive a $20,000 grant each to produce a short film through its inaugural Latinx Inclusion Fellowship Series. The series is sponsored by Netflix.

Dec 1, 2020

Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival Selects Filmmakers for Netflix-Sponsored Fellowship

Hollywood Reporter

The fellows will be awarded a $20,000 grant to produce a short film while being mentored by industry professionals.

Dec 1, 2020

LALIFF anuncia a los becarios afrolatinos de su primera serie de inclusión

LA Times

Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) anunció hoy a los cinco directores afrolatinos que fueron seleccionados para su primera Serie de Becas de Inclusión Latinx, auspiciada por Netflix. La asociación fue creada para desarrollar oportunidades para grupos poco representados de la comunidad hispana.