The Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) is produced every April by the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago (ILCC), a pan-Latino, nonprofit, multidisciplinary arts organization dedicated to developing, promoting and increasing awareness of Latino culture among Latinos and other communities by presenting a wide variety of art forms. The Chicago Latino Film Festival is considered the largest, most comprehensive and best Latino film festival in the United States, and presents over 100 films of cultural and social significance from Latin America, Spain, Portugal and the U.S. The Festival stresses the importance of the artistic and educational value of film.

The Festival is non-competitive. However, the most popular feature, documentary and short are given the Audience Choice Award.

An entry fee of $50 USD for features & $30 USD for short films
is required per work. Features must have a running time of 70 minutes or above & shorts must be less than 20 minutes. Films from Latin America, Spain, Portugal
and the United States are considered as well as works from other
countries if the director is of Ibero-American descent, or the
subject matter is directly related to Latino culture. Preference
is given to premieres. Films with an educational value, strong
historical and artistic importance are also considered. The
Festival presents all forms of filmmaking including, animation,
documentaries, experimental, narrative, etc. The Festival encourages the submission of works for young audiences as they are presented for students during matinees.

The Festival’s Film Selection Committee selects all features and
shorts. The following formats are acceptable for pre-selection:
- Secure online screener (Vimeo)

If your work is in a language other than English, your
submission should include English subtitles.

Acceptance Notification
All participants will be notified through email by early February
2020 whether or not the work submitted was accepted into the 36th
Chicago Latino Film Festival.

Acceptance Terms
Selected films must be a Chicago premiere. Films that have screened
publicly or theatrically in the Chicago area, have aired on US television, or
are available for public viewing (DVD or online) prior to the Festival dates
are NOT eligible.

Upon acceptance to the film festival, you must provide the
Festival with the following materials:
- Synopsis in English and Spanish (Portuguese for films from Portugal or
- High-resolution photos of the film
- Film trailer available online
- Press kit, social media links, & website (if available)
- Principal cast and crew information
- List of festivals film has participated in (if any)

The Festival reserves the right to schedule all films at the date,
time and location of its choice. All films will be screened at least
twice during the Festival.

Screening Copy Requirements
Films are screened in DCP (Digital Cinema Package). The
Festival will provide you with server information, if applicable.
Costs of generating KDMs will be the responsibility of the
film’s representative. Blu Ray will not be accepted as a screening
format except for short films and only when you have notified
the Festival in advance. The Festival won’t screen a film that
is technically unsuitable for a successful exhibition. Films are
presented in their original language. All films in a language
other than English must be subtitled in English. Clearly label the
film with its original and English title and running time.

Shipping costs of all submission materials to the Festival will be
paid by the participant, including customs fees and taxes. Mark
packages clearly with the title of film, the Festival’s address, and
sender’s return address. For international shipping, the customs
declaration must read: “Cultural material of no commercial
value.” Send the Festival the airway bill number by email: film@ For films selected, the Festival will only
cover one-way shipping costs for the return of the exhibition

Guest Participation
The Festival holds discussions following film screenings with
visiting representatives or filmmakers. Everyone is encouraged
to attend but the festival can only cover travel and hotel
expenses of a limited number of feature film guests. Guests
are expected to attend the public screenings of the film they
represent. Invited filmmakers will be notified by email.

Overall Rating
  • Great festivals, great team, great films.

    July 2019

    May 2019
  • Jessica Siqueiros

    This experience was above and beyond anything I imagined. Daily luncheons with amazing filmmakers. Beautifully crafted films from filmmakers at the top of their game, changing the landscape actively for Latino films. Maria and her team have a keen eye, and we felt so lucky to be a part of this festival. Endlessly recommend submitting!

    April 2019
  • I love this festival. I love the people that run it. I love the other filmmakers that I have become friends with. Their programming is super high quality. They really now how to take care of the participating filmmakers and create a real sense of community. I hope to be a part of it again.

    April 2019
  • Extraordinary Festival! Truly supportive team. What a fantastic experience sharing time with other filmmakers at daily networking lunches! A lot of great films from around the world. Highly recommend!

    April 2019