Inclusion Fellowship

Applications are now closed.

For any questions related to the application, contact inclusionfellowship@latinofilm.org

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 inclusionfellowship@latinofilm.org.

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Inclusion Fellowship: In The News

Sep 15, 2021

LALIFF and Netflix Join Forces on Latinx Inclusion Fellowship

BELatina Daily

LALIFF remains focused on its unwavering goal of pushing the voices of Latinx creators as far as possible in the film industry.

Sep 14, 2021

Ten Latino directors will receive $20,000 grants from LALIFF and Netflix

Reel 360

LALIFF announced today the call for submissions for its second annual LALIFF Inclusion Fellowship which aims to champion underrepresented filmmakers within the Latinx community.

Sep 14, 2021

The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival Partners With Netflix To Expand Latinx Inclusion Fellowship

Deadline

LALIFF announced a call for submissions for its second annual Laliff Inclusion Fellowship which aims to champion underrepresented filmmakers within the Latinx community. With support from Netflix, Laliff is doubling the number of fellows for the program’s second year

Sep 14, 2021

The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival Expands on LatinX Inclusion Fellowship

Five Visionary Indigenous Latino And Five Visionary Afro Latino Directors Will Receive A Production Grant And Premiere Their Films At LALIFF 2022

Dec 4, 2020

LALIFF Grant Recipients Unveiled

Variety

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.