The Boston Latino International Film Festival (BLIFF), "Bridging Communities through Movies," is in its 19th year. BLIFF will screen the best current films in Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, and Narrative and Documentary Short Film categories.

Since its inception in 2001, the Boston Latino International Film Festival has been committed to using the power of film to break stereotypes, bring cultures and communities together and reveal the complex issues that affect the Latinx community in the United States and the cultures of Latin America and Spain.

Best Narrative Feature Film
Best Narrative Short Film
Best Documentary Feature
Best Documentary Short
Audience Award – Short (narrative or documentary)
Audience Award – Feature (narrative or documentary)

Our preference is online submissions. In rare cases, we will accept blu-rays, but online is always preferred and a way to guarantee that the film will be viewed by numerous panelists.

The BLIFF Selection Committee will choose the films to be screened at this year's festival. The committee will look for innovative works that are by or about the U.S. Latino community, Latin America and Spain. They must have been produced between 2018 and 2020.

All entries will be pre-screened for eligibility by the Selection Committee; however, not all entries will be programmed. If your work is selected, you will be notified no later than July 10, 2020 to send the film in its original format.

Films must be postmarked by the submission deadline date.

All fees are nonrefundable.

To enter your film, please submit each of the following:

1. Completed Submission Form
2. One copy of your film in one of the accepted formats
3. Brief synopsis (40 words) in English or Spanish. Any synopsis in Spanish should also have an English translation.
4. Biography information (director, producer, actors, or writer)
5. Press kit and/or still photos (300 dpi if submitted electronically)
6. Entry Fee

Due to the large number of submissions, the Festival cannot return any submission materials that are submitted with your entry form.

Participants are responsible for paying their own shipping costs.


Please send your submissions to:

Boston Latino International Film Festival
1510 Centre Street
Boston, MA 02131

Overall Rating
  • Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi

    Thank you Boston Latino Int. Film Festival for a great screening. Our film Bakosó: Afrobeats of Cuba brought out a great crowd and I really enjoyed the Q&A. I look forward to coming back with my next film.

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Eli. Thanks for your feedback – we'd love to have you here again!

  • Great festival, great comunication, great networking, it was great to had my shortfilm in this festival and be part of this wonderful festival,
    best to all! :D!

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Gracias, Juan!

  • Thank you BLIFF for accepting Hyphen! Excited filmmakers and community members attend the fest. Volunteers help make the fest great. Looking forward to its growth.

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    We LOVED hosting you – and supporting local filmmakers! Gracias!

  • Ellen Brodsky

    I love BLIFF! I have attended in the past as an audience member, and was so pleased with the screening this year of my film, "25 Texans in the Land of Lincoln." It was the first year BLIFF collaborated with the the Boston Public Library and their incredible screening space, and I am so glad they did! I love the curation, the outreach, the facilitated Q&As, the communication, and all the great people BLIFF brings together. And yes, the festival's director Sabrina Aviles is truly amazing, and she brings together an incredible team of volunteers!

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    What can I say, Ellen? We are humbled by your review! We aim to please, and hope to grow each year with even more exciting programming! Gracias!!

  • janice rogovin

    I was delighted to attend BLIFF this fall, as a filmmaker with a film screening. The venues for the screenings were excellent and the audiences enthusiastic. Besides locally produced films, many other films originated in Central and Latin America, making the contents rich in culture and of social interest. Participants I met - other fillmakers, staff and volunteers - were warm and fun to be with. The Director, Sabrina Aviles, works hard to expand the quality and reach of the Festival with good results!

    October 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks, Janice. We love supporting local filmmakers!