Launched in 1999, Presented by HBO and Time Warner, the New York Latino Film Festival (NYLFF) is widely hailed as the premier Latino event in the country. After a hiatus, the festival proudly returns home October 11-15th.

The New York Latino Film Festival is dedicated to producing culturally relevant and entertaining experiences that build audiences for Latino cinema, support the film community with professional development and foster relationships for Latino talent. The festival is committed to showing the best our rich and diverse community has to offer.

Over the past 14 years, NYLFF has been the setting for many breakout indie and studio releases, serving as a marketing bridge to this targeted, cross-cultural and influential audience. The result is acquisition and box office success.

We are seeking New York, U.S., World or East Coast premieres. Films that have already played in a New York festival will be considered, but priority is for premieres of any form.

All films must be completed by no earlier than 2016.


• Narrative (U.S. Domestic Features)

• International Features (Latin America, Mexico) *All films other than English must be subtitled

• Spectrum (Multicultural-Urban, films beyond the Latino experience)

• Documentary (Long and Short Form)

• Midnight (Horror/Genre, Experimental/Off-Beat)

• Shorts

• Futuro (Webseries, Scripted and Unscripted) *For submission you must enter the pilot of the series. You can submit ONE other episode for further consideration. You will need submit separately.

Rough cuts and works-in-progress are eligible for submission if the completed film will be ready for QC by October 1, 2017. Please label the screener “Rough Cut” and specify what is missing (i.e. temp sound, needs color correction, etc.)

Awards & Prizes

Awards are presented in all categories

Rules & Terms


I have read and agree to the festival submission and participation requirements and certify that I am authorized to submit this film to New York Latino Film Festival. This film is not subject to litigation nor is it threatened by any litigation.
I hold New York Latino Film Festival harmless from damage to or loss of the print en-route or otherwise during the course of the festival’s possession of the film.

6 Reviews

Overall Rating
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    La Monte Edwards

    NYLFF never disappoints!! I'm so glad and fortunate that Calixto and company are back in business. I had a wonderful time being part of this festival for the second time. The communication was top notch. Diana, Samantha and Martin were beyond helpful. I made a mistake with my screener format and they allowed me to switch it at the last minute. Mind you there were like 200 other films at this festival, but they made me feel like I was #1! The information given to filmmakers and the events were all top notch. Can't wait to go back! Mi gente!!!

    January 2018
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    Jon Navarro

    Hands down my favorite Latino Film Festival! Great Venues, Great After Parties, Great Audiences, Panels, and Networking Events! Met a lot of cool filmmakers and really enjoyed how helpful the staff and volunteers were. Hope I'll be back again!

    November 2017
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    Miguel J. Soliman

    I had an amazing time at NYLFF 2017! It was great seeing this festival up again after a 4 year hiatus and it was stronger than ever this year. Had amazing sponsors and other festival directors helping out, great networking opportunities, and Exec. Director Calixto Chinchilla made this the VIP experience I was secretly hoping for out of a NYC festival. NYLFF is a proper festival experience and I am glad my team and I selected it as our NY Premiere Festival of choice. We even took home a beautiful prize for Best Short, and honestly it's something I will cherish forever for not only what it symbolizes in our work but because of how amazing the treatment at this festival was and how amazing the people were. Shoutouts to Liz, Imani, Martin, and the volunteers and photographers who made this not only possible, but extremely fun! Definitely hope to return to this festival with future submissions.

    October 2017
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    Jon Ayon

    The New York Latino Film Festival is my first festival experience and has set the bar so high, I’m worried the next couple of festivals I am to attend may not compete. From the beginning, the volunteers and Festival producers and promoters were nothing short of professional, courteous, and welcoming. I met so many wonderful filmmakers and creatives and had the wonderful experience of attending two amazing lectures at HBO Headquarters in New York. My short film played on a giant screen at the Chelsea to a sold-out audience in Manhattan in an amazing line-up of brilliant filmmakers. I am thrilled to recommend this festival to any Latino filmmaker wanting a positive and exciting experience in NYC. Thanks to Omar, Calixto, Samantha, and all the programmers, directors, and volunteers that made this amazing festival a wonderful experience for me and my crew.

    October 2017
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    Bobby DeJesus

    As a NYC born and bred Latino filmmaker, it has long been a dream to this festival and it was finally realized. It did not disappoint!! So many great films and so many great people! The staff is awesome. You can tell they're all passionate about what they do and the venue was dope. I finally saw my film for what it was originally intended to look like on that big screen. I loved it and I'll be back!!

    October 2017