The Des Moines Latino Film Festival (DMLFF), established in 2021, is presented annually by the Latino Center of Iowa (LCI). LCI is a nonprofit organization that promotes cultural awareness, develops leadership skills, and foster connections with the Latino community in central Iowa. The DMLFF supports and celebrates the rich cultural diversity in Iowa by featuring films from Latin America, Spain, Portugal, and the United States. DMLFF is made possible through a partnership with the Chicago Latino Film Festival. The 2024 festival will be held from April 16 – 20 in the Greater Des Moines area.

DMLFF is non-competitive. However, an Audience Choice Award will be given for one feature film and one short film.

Any fiction film, documentary, experimental, or animation in any genre will be considered that meets at least one of the following criteria:
• Made by Latino filmmakers
• Subject matter directly related to Latino culture

Features and shorts will be accepted. Limited to one film submission per filmmaker.

We make efforts to provide an accessible festival to our community and the filmmakers. Thanks to our generous sponsors and partners, we do not charge attendees to see the films. There is a $25 fee for submitting your film for consideration. This fee helps offset festival expenses.

The 4th DMLFF will be hosted in person.

Make your submission to:
Submission deadline is Thursday November 30, 2023 at 5:00pm Central Standard Time.
The DMLFF Technical Committee selects all features and shorts. If your work is in a language other than English, your submission must include English subtitles.
A secure online screener with a password (Vimeo) is the accepted format for pre-selection. Other formats will be considered.
Include your email, phone number, and mailing address.

All participants must have all rights and permissions of every kind necessary for the film, including use of names, trade names, service marks, titles, formats, ideas, characters, character names, characterizations, plots, musical compositions, performances, slogans, program material or any similar material.

Acceptance Notification and Terms
All participants will be notified via email by Thursday February 1, 2024 whether they are selected or not.
Selected films must provide:
• Synopsis of film in English and Spanish. Provide original title, English title, and running time.
• High-resolution photos of the film
• Film trailer
• Filmmaker bio in English and Spanish and photo
• Film in DCP and .mp4 formats

DMLFF reserves the right to screen all films at the date, time and location of its choice.
Shipping costs will be paid by the participant.

Filmmaker Participation
DMLFF encourages question and answer discussions with the filmmaker following in-person film screenings. We also encourage pre-recorded discussions from the filmmaker is attendance is not a possibility. DMLFF will coordinate directly with the filmmaker to develop a plan.

For more information, please contact Latino Center of Iowa at or visit

Overall Rating
  • Nice festival y nice people. I am very happy to be part of the official selection

    June 2022