Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival
Feature films, documentaries and short films, must have been completed after January
Feature films must not have had any public or festival screenings in the greater Los
Angeles area, including Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura counties.
Feature films and short films must not have had any commercial theatrical or television
play in the US before presentation at the festival.
Films must not have been broadcast on the internet.
Films must be a LA premiere to be considered for competition.
For feature films, without US distribution, world and US premieres are not required but
are strongly preferred, and premiere status will be one of the factors considered when
determining a film’s inclusion in the Festival and in scheduling.
For documentaries, premiere status is not required but is strongly preferred, and
premiere status will be one of the factors considered when determining a film’s
inclusion in the Festival and in scheduling.
For short films, premiere status is not a factor in the selection process. Short films must
not have been broadcast on the internet.
Feature films, documentaries and short films in a language other than English must be
subtitled in English for Festival presentation.
For submission purposes, DVD screeners may be of works-in-progress, films with
temporary soundtracks, or digital outputs.
Filmmakers must deliver final format (as indicated) for Festival screenings. No
exceptions will be permitted.
High school films must be works shot, directed, and produced by high school or
secondary school (pre-college) students. Adult supervision must be limited to an
Select narrative features, documentary features, and short films participate in the Festival’s
three competitive sections, the winners of which are chosen by special juries.
In the Short Film Competition, awards are given for Best Animated and Best Narrative Short.
All features and documentaries are eligible for Audience Awards, which are chosen based on
ballots submitted by Festival audiences and are presented in the following categories: Feature
The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival is a qualifying festival for the Narrative and
Animated Short Film categories of the Academy Awards®.
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