The LALIFF Works in Progress, sponsored by Amazon Studios, is intended to support independent US based Latine filmmakers in the completion of a feature film (fiction or documentary), by granting them financial support through the final stages of post-production. The fund will support films with high production value, a distinctive directorial voice, culturally significant and commercially viable.

The fund will allocate $50,000 between three projects selected through an open call. A jury of industry professionals will divide the funds among the projects, based on their post production needs.

Submissions for the 2023 Works In Progress are now closed. Please check back for more updates soon!

Eligibility criteria:

  • Open to USA productions directed by a filmmaker who identifies as Latine.
  • The applicant (director or producer) must be 18+ years of age.
  • Directors need to reside in the USA (including continental USA, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands).
  • Applications can be completed by:
    • Individuals
    • Production companies based in the USA
  • Projects must submit a picture locked cut. Funds will be awarded for final stages of post-production (VFX, color correction, sound design, final sound mix, packaging, deliverables).
  • Projects must be independently produced.
  • Projects must be feature length (minimum 70 min), fiction or documentary. Selected projects commit to completion within 9 months from fund allocation.
  • If allocated funds are not enough to cover the cost of finishing the project, LALIFF monies will be released upon submission of proof of additional funding.
  • Student films or TV/Web pilots are not eligible.

The awarded funds CAN be used for:

  • Costs associated with color correction and final grading
  • Costs associated with sound completion (including soundtrack)
  • Costs associated with master outputs and deliverables

The awarded funds CANNOT be used for:

  • Above the line fees
  • Costs not directly associated with post-production as described above
  • Legal and accounting costs
  • Re-shoots, stock footage, picture editing costs
  • Capital expenditure
  • Film festival submission or screening costs
  • Retrospective costs (already endured by the film)