Photographers, artists, graphic designers! It's that time of year again. $1000 cash prize. Media Arts Center San Diego's 28th #SanDiegoLatinoFilmFestival (March 11-21, 2021) Annual Poster Competition is now open for submissions. Submit an iconic design that captures the essence of our annual celebration of Latino film, music, and art for a chance to be the face of the festival. The 28th edition in 2021 will feature both in-person screenings (at movie theaters, drive-ins, etc.) and virtual screenings. Artwork should celebrate this 2021 hybrid edition! Deadline: Dec. 15, '20. Submit your entry here - https://filmfreeway.com/28SDLFFPosterContest

SELECTION PROCESS

A panel of distinguished judges (composed of artists, graphic designers, marketing professionals and art educators) will select the winning poster according to the following criteria:

1 - Unique, positive, and non-stereotypical representation of Latino Culture
2 - Clarity and originality of message
3 - Impact, memorability, and appeal to general audiences
4 - Versatility for application on various mediums (web banners, postcards, etc)
5 - Design (type, color, composition, craft)

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HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR ARTWORK:

Option 1: Via FilmFreeway https://filmfreeway.com/festival/28SDLFFPosterContest
2: Via dropbox at - https://www.dropbox.com/request/YS2Bm2SjiBfMA7sF0w2C

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR ARTWORK VIA FilmFreeway:
1 - Create a profile by Signing Up to become a member with your email address.

2 - Go to the submission website: https://filmfreeway.com/festival/28SDLFFPosterContest

You will find rules and guidelines on this page.

3 - Click on the green button "Submit Now" on the right hand side of the page.
- Under "Project Type", select "Photography"

4 - Submit your artwork as a project.

Top Prize: $1,000.00 dollars and promotional exposure in ALL marketing festival related marketing materials (national and international press exposure, the cover of the Official SDLFF 2020 Program book, print ads, TV commercials, social media posts, ads and web banners, etc.)

10 Finalists - 2 tickets to the 28th San Diego Latino Film Festival & limited promotional exposure

Deadline

Artwork must be submitted by December 15th, 2020. The announcement will be on Thursday January 14th, 2021

Specifications
Artwork must be submitted in: JPEG, 18″ wide x 24″high, 72 DPI (RGB), max. 4 MB
Top 10 Finalists are required to submit artwork in vector format, 300 DPI (CMYK).
Design must state: 28th San Diego Latino Film Festival
Design must include the festival dates: March 11-21, 2021
Only original artwork will be accepted. Copyrighted characters, images or clip art will not be accepted.
A brief description of artwork, artist’s name & nationality are required

Guidelines
Please review the guidelines below very carefully. Failure to adhere to any of stipulations made below may disqualify your submission.

Computer graphics, as well as paintings, may be used to compose the design.
Poster design must be digitally submitted via links via FilmFreeway; or upload to dropbox at: https://www.dropbox.com/request/YS2Bm2SjiBfMA7sF0w2C

**File must be named in the following manner: firstlastnamesdlff2021posterentry

Your design must address the following prompt:
The pandemic has changed the way the festival screens films. For 26 years, we screened films at movie theaters. COVID-19 forced us to postpone our in-person 27th edition in 2020 and pushed us to move our offerings to a virtual platform.

The 28th edition in 2021 will feature both in person screenings (at movie theaters, drive-ins, etc.) and virtual screenings.

Your design must reflect the new hybrid format of our festival and visually represent what this experience might be. Think about groups of people watching films from home (sitting in front of a TV, popcorn on the coffee table, etc) and what an in-person experience might be-- socially distanced patrons? Masks? The poster design should reflect the realities of the world. We encourage you to be creative in the interpretation of this prompt!

Your poster design will be judged according to the following criteria:

1. Unique, positive, and non-stereotypical representation of Latino Culture:
- Important: Your artwork must be FREE of any generalizations about the Latino culture. This includes but is not limited to: stereotypical imagery, icons specific to one country, and uninspired stock visuals.

- Icons that may NOT be represented in the design include: chiles, nachos, skulls, papel picado, piñatas, cactuses, sombreros, etc.

2. Clarity and originality of message:
- Our judges will be looking for innovative and creative designs that illustrate San Diego Latino Film Festival’s tradition, as well as its forward-thinking and inclusive values.

3. Impact, memorability, and appeal to general audiences:
- Poster design must appeal to general audiences & corporate Sponsors (ALL age groups & gender).
- Design must NOT include: nudity, weapons, offensive imagery, and derogatory text. We expect artists to exercise their best judgement in making creative decisions.

5. Design (type, color, composition, craft):
- Colorful designs are preferred.

6. Versatility for application on other media:
- Your poster design must be functional - Your design will be used in advertisements, catalogue, website and other marketing materials.

KEYWORDS TO GUIDE YOUR DESIGN:
San Diego - Baja California Region
**NEW - Virtual & In-Person events/screenings.
Latino culture, movies, art, history, movement.
Inviting, warm, joyful, connection, celebration.
Modern, innovation.
Passion, identity, family, home, memories
Traditional, inclusive
Honoring Latino Filmmakers, movies & actors

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR ARTWORK:

Option 1: Via FilmFreeway https://filmfreeway.com/festival/28SDLFFPosterContest
2: Via email: https://www.dropbox.com/request/YS2Bm2SjiBfMA7sF0w2C

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR ARTWORK VIA FilmFreeway:
1 - Create a profile by Signing Up to become a member with your email address.

2 - Go to the submission website: https://filmfreeway.com/festival/28SDLFFPosterContest

You will find rules and guidelines on this page.

3 - Click on the green button "Submit Now" on the right hand side of the page.
- Under "Project Type", select "Photography"

4 - Submit your artwork as a project.

Disclaimer

Media Arts Center San Diego’s San Diego Latino Film Festival shall have an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, royalty-free, worldwide license to alter, use, copy, exhibit, publicly display and distribute their submitted entry for any activity, reproduce and distribute to third parties that are associated or sponsored activities. Artists will retain all rights to their original posters art. Poster designer authorizes Media Arts Center San Diego to use all the components of winning artwork. By submitting a poster design to the San Diego Latino Film Festival, artist agrees that artwork is original to the designer. Failure to adhere to any of stipulations made above may disqualify your submission.

For more information visit: http://sdlatinofilm.com or call 619-230-1938 x 101.