The Chicanx Latinx Film Festival is a premier event dedicated to showcasing the entirety of human experience from the Latine perspective, whether through film, digital, music, art, or any other vehicle, regardless of platform. We seek to showcase, strengthen, and celebrate the richness of Latine lives by providing a pipeline, platform, and launching pad from our community into the entertainment industry.

Based in Los Angeles, California, a city known for its appeal as the ‘Hollywood’ industry capital of the world, the festival encourages interaction and engagement through film and events. The festival features in-person live screenings, filmmaking and industry panels at the University Student Union Theatre at California State University, Los Angeles.

We are looking forward and remain highly excited to see the passion projects you have been working on.

Dr. Lani Cupchoy

Filmmakers whose work is accepted into our festival will receive a laurel as well as free passes to screenings, invitations to networking events and are eligible for awards consideration.

Rules: Your film will be eliminated from selection if it is not representative of the Chicanx Latinx community.

The Chicanx Latinx Film Festival programs films made by creatives (directors, producers, screenwriters, designers) of Latine heritage and of all levels of experience. In programming work for the Festival, the Chicanx Latinx Film Festival strives to represent a diversity of ideas, themes, and genres, in addition to a diversity of Chicana/o/x and Latina/o/x (people connected to Latin America - Mexico, Central America, South American, Cuba, Puerto Rico, etc).

The Chicanx Latinx Film Festival's priority and focus is to present media artworks that reflect the artistic vision of a person of Chicane-Latine heritage while also providing a space for the artist to have their work presented to the public. We give preference to students, faculty and alumni from California State University Los Angeles but are also open to films emerging from the Chicanx-Latinx community.

The Chicanx Latinx Film Festival only considers works that meet the following criteria:

For Film:
The director, producer or screenwriter is of Chicane-Latine heritage (people connected to Latin America - Mexico, Central America, South America, Cuba, Puerto Rico, etc); If the director, producer or screenwriter is not of Chicane-Latine heritage, then joint creative positions (co-director, co-writer, co-producer) may also be considered with detailed submission requirements for creative role and decision-making involvement.

All projects must be complete at the time of submission; works in progress are not accepted.

Projects must have been completed after 2022 to be eligible for submission.

All films must be in English or have English subtitles.

Multiple film or video projects may be submitted separately per category.

Electronic submissions must be made through The Chicanx Latinx Film Festival FilmFreeway page.

Additional Materials and Exhibition Format
If your film or video project is chosen for exhibition, additional materials may be required, including:

Headshots of cast and crew
1-5 promotional stills of production, behind-the-scenes, Film screenshots

These should be high-resolution digital images in .JPG or .TIFF format, minimum of 300DPI, and should be accompanied by a separate document with captions, identification of subjects, and photo credits as necessary. You may also be requested to provide posters, trailers or other video clips, as well as additional promotional and marketing material.

Exhibition Format
Depending on the quality of your project screener, a higher resolution or format may be required. Our preferred exhibition file format is Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) 1920×1080 24p 48KHz or H.264 format.

The following is acknowledged by the individual submitting the film or video project for consideration:

I hereby certify that I am an individual with the authorization to act on behalf of the creator(s) of this film or video project, with respects to the submission of information to be considered for public screening to the Chicanx Latinx Film Festival; that I have fully read and understand Submission Instructions, and that should my project be selected for screening, it will be made available in one of the specified Exhibition Formats (Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) 1920×1080 24p 48KHz or H.264 format, no later than two weeks after Official Selection notification, that all additional required materials will be provided upon request; and that I will work with staff to support festival promotional and marketing efforts as related to my submitted project. I understand that by submitting this Submission Form, I am allowing the Chicanx Latinx Film Festival to contact me via the provided email address for occasional marketing and information sharing purposes, that my information will never be sold or rented to a third party without my prior consent, and that I may opt out of electronic communications at any time.

By providing your Submission Fee, you are certifying your understanding that payment of the Submission Fee is non-refundable and represents NO GUARANTEE of inclusion in the Chicanx Latinx Film Festival event programming.

Overall Rating
  • It was an amazing experience to showcase our work we slaved over and worked hard on this semester. Definitely one I will remember for a lifetime.

    May 2023
  • Gregory Esparza

    The Chicanx Latinx Film Festival is the son jarocho of film festivals where the intergenerational community participates by speaking from the silver screen.

    May 2023