2023 Call for Submissions

Submissions to the 22nd Edition of LALIFF Are Now Open! The festival will take place from May 31 - June 4, 2023.

We invite all Latino artists to participate in LALIFF 2023 by submitting their work for consideration.

Submissions are open in the following categories:

U.S. Feature Films

Any fiction film, documentary or animation in any genre made by Latino filmmakers in the United States with a total running time of more than 50 minutes are eligible for feature submission. World premiere must have occurred no earlier than January 1, 2022, and we will NOT be accepting feature films that have had commercial, theatrical, television or internet distribution in the United States.

Submission Deadlines & Fees:

  • Early Submission Deadline: January 8, 2023 | Fee: $40.00
  • Regular Submission Deadline: February 6, 2023 | Fee: $50.00
  • Late Submission Deadline: February 28, 2023 | Fee: $60.00

U.S. & International Short Films

Any fiction film, documentary or animation in any genre made by Latino filmmakers (in the U.S, Latin America and the diaspora) with a total running time of less than 50 minutes. World premiere must have occurred no earlier than January 1, 2022, and we will NOT be accepting short films that have had commercial, theatrical, television or internet distribution in the United States.

Submission Deadlines & Fees:

  • Early Submission Deadline: January 8, 2023 | Fee: $30.00
  • Regular Submission Deadline: February 6, 2023 | Fee: $40.00
  • Late Submission Deadline: February 28, 2023 | Fee: $50.00

U.S. & International Episodics

Scripted or non-scripted series in any genre made by Latino writers/filmmakers. Applicants may submit single or multiple episodes of the same project, provided that the total running time does not exceed 90 minutes, including credits.

Multiple episodes should be submitted as one continuous video file. Individual episodes may not exceed 60 minutes in length. Open submissions in this category are not eligible for the Festival if the submitted content has been made available to the general public via any platform (broadcast television, Blu-ray, DVD, streaming, VOD, etc.) in the United States. If the submitted content is a continuation of an existing series, only new episodes are eligible for open submission to the Festival.

Submission Deadlines & Fees:

  • Early Submission Deadline: January 8, 2023 | Fee: $30.00
  • Regular Submission Deadline: February 6, 2023 | Fee: $40.00
  • Late Submission Deadline: February 28, 2023 | Fee: $50.00

U.S. & International New Media and Interactive Projects

Eligible projects include but are not limited to virtual reality, 360ยบ films, augmented reality, web projects, multi-media installations and multi-platform projects.

Submission Deadlines & Fees:

  • Early Submission Deadline: January 8, 2023 | Fee: $30.00
  • Regular Submission Deadline: February 6, 2023 | Fee: $40.00
  • Late Submission Deadline: February 28, 2023 | Fee: $50.00

Please note:

  • Submissions are only accepted via FilmFreeway
  • If your film is selected (features, shorts and episodics) they need to be submitted on DCP for projection.
  • Submissions for the Music Series will open in early 2023.

We look forward to showcasing your talent and creativity!