Founded by pioneer Josefina Lopez (Real Women Have Curves) we are thrilled to bring back the innovative Latina film festival with a new look and venue.

The Mission of the Latina Independent Film Extravaganza is to celebrate Latina Directors and their contributions to cinema. The festival is a showcase and networking event to create a community that supports and helps connect Latina Filmmakers inspiring them to continue to make authentic Latina stories and most importantly to get hired.

Awards will be presented but the ultimate goal is to lift up our community collectively!

Best Director Feature
Best Director Short
As well as other awards that will adjust to the program each year.

All films have to be directed by a Latina Director.

(Latina identifying is US born and Immigrants/Foriegn born Cis or Trans Women with family roots from Latin America, i.e. Mexico, Caribbean, Central America and South America. Latinas residing in the mentioned regions are welcome to apply as well.

Films which have not premiered in Los Angeles are given preferences.

ATTENTION STUDENT SUBMISSION: In order to receive the student submission fee you must email in a copy of your student ID and proof of school enrollment for spring 2022.

Overall Rating
  • Angela Pedraza

    Powerful community leaders coming together to create a festival hub for connecting and expanding female identifying Director's reach in the industry. Great festival to meet fellow directors and creatives, to get motivated and inspired and to potentially find fellow future collaborators. Highly recommend anyone to experience the love and care with which everything is put together, from the director's gift bags, to their workshops and the networking opportunities.

    August 2022
  • My heart was full! It was a magnificent event where one could feel the love and beautiful energy all around. Their hospitality level was excellent and I learned so much from all the guest speakers and was inspired by such talented filmmakers. I am so grateful that they had our feature film Altitude Not Attitude as their official selection and awarded us the most inspirational film.

    July 2022
  • Anette Diep Rodríguez

    Incredible! Thanks for the opportunity and for making this networking possible :D

    May 2022
  • Pilar Adara

    I can not say enough tremendous things about this festival! Absolutely empowering and wonderful to meet creative filmmakers of all levels. Can not wait until next year.

    May 2022
  • sherezada caballero

    Wow!! What an amazing display of talent, beauty, and culture! I felt scene, heard and embraced. I learned so much from the talented individuals who were honored, the hardworking professionals speaking in the workshops and the incredible creative films that were showcased.

    But what I really enjoyed the most was meeting other Latina's who care about the stories and people they are reaching through their films. It's simple a beautiful thing that this film festival is doing.

    I truly enjoyed every minute of it and I can't wait for next year!

    Thank you LIFE Team!!

    May 2022