The LASA (Latin American Studies Association) Film Festival is organized in unison with the annual LASA Congresses. The Film Festival has been a major attraction of the LASA Congresses since 1983. Its trajectory and importance are reflected by the increased number of submitted films to its annual call and the constant allusion to the prizes awarded by the Festival in national and international cinema catalogs.
From its 2017 edition, the Festival will strive to exhibit audiovisual materials from around the world related to the multiple and diverse perspectives encompassing Latin American: its history, its socio-political and cultural development, the ongoing reality of its inhabitants, and the discourses that bound its nations and the region in general. In this way, the Festival integrates the aims of exhibiting and publicizing fictional and documentary audiovisual productions from Latin American countries, functioning as an outlet for films emblematic of the countries, new productions and even recently re-discovered works, thanks to restoration work done by film afficionados or archivists. In third place, since the Festival is part of a wide-spread academic activity, it intends to encourage links with researchers and members of LASA who are experts in a wide spectrum of the cultural and political life of the continent -- encouraging them to be part of the presentations and conversations about the films and other special activities.


From the three axes outlined, the Film Festival has the following objectives:

Establish the LASA Film Festival as a cultural event dedicated to the promotion of Latin American fiction and nonfiction audiovisual productions, as well as films about Latin America emanating from other geographic points of the globe.
Create a space for the exhibition and promotion of current and former Latin American audiovisual productions, highlighting their prowess and their aesthetic contribution to the medium
Highlight the participation of the LASA Congress' host country in the festival, particularly its cultural, audiovisual and photographic productions
Promote the study of Latin American Film in universities around the world, especially in Latin America and the United States
Promote bonds between Film Festival and members of LASA, involving them in its activities

The selected films will compete for the LASA2017 Film Merit Award and for two honorable mentions. It is not a requirement to be a member of LASA to participate.

The LASA2017 Film Festival is delighted to invite filmmakers from around the world to submit their Latin American productions. Featured and short films produced in 2015 and 2016 will be accepted. They can be in the form of a documental, a fiction, an animation and an experimental film. Music videos are not accepted. The purpose of the Festival is to bring to light the wide range of global film productions regarding Latin-American so we will ONLY ACCEPT LATIN AMERICAN FILMS AND/OR FILMS OF LATIN AMERICAN THEMES/CONTENT. ALL FILMS SUBMITED MUST PROVIDE A DOWNLOAD OPTION.

The film selection process will take into consideration the artistic and technical quality of the film, its contribution to the Latin Americans’ reflection and discussion of their political, social and cultural affairs; its contribution to the birth of the film industry in the region; and its relevance to the themes of the congress.

The submission of films for consideration must be sent between the 1st of August and the 10th of November of 2016. The selected films will be announced on the 15th of January of 2017. The filmmakers will receive an email to let them know the next steps.

Process of submission:

To submit the films, you must download, complete and send the submission form ( via email to A link to the film in consideration must be included in the form, with the corresponding password to access it. If there are any questions, please email: FilmFreeway SUBMISSIONS THAT ARE NOT ACCOMPANIED BY THIS FORM WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

If the submitter would prefer to send the DVD via mail, they can print the form and send the DVD with the form via FedEx or DHL to:

Ana Laura Lusnich
José Bonifacio 865, piso 7, dto. 2
CP 1424, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires

Please include on the envelope, the following text: “Sin valor comercial. Material cultural”.

It is up to the filmmaker to determine whether they will send their submission via email or mail.

If any filmmaker has any issues with the submission options, please email us to be able to put a plan together for an alternative way of receiving the films.

If a DVD was submitted for review, the DVD will not be returned and it will be deposited in the Festival’s archives.

The selected films will be shown in digital support.