Presented by HBO, The New York Latino Film Festival (NYLFF) is widely hailed as the premier Latino event in the country. The festival proudly returns home, Summer 2022!

* Please note festival event dates listed are NOT final. Please follow our social platforms for all updates including dates of the festival.

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 21 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 our priority is for premieres of any form.

The submission does not have to be about the Latino experience or directed by a Latino. A Latino or person of color however, must be in a lead creative position. i.e. Director, Actors, Producer.

All films must be completed by no earlier than late 2020.


• Narrative (U.S. Domestic Features)

• International Features (Latin America, Mexico & Spain-must be a co-production) *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)

• Short Film (Narrative)

• Futuro (Web Series, Pilots-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.

Film Presentation:

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

Awards are presented in all categories


For Those Submitting Short Film:
The HBO Max Latino Short Film Competition is a short film competition open to eligible filmmakers who submit a 8 to 20 minute film, with the theme of “Community”. By submitting to the Film Festival, you will be automatically entered into the HBO Max Latino Short Film Competition. The Film Festival will judge all submissions received to determine the top 10 Finalists. The Finalists selected in this and five other Film Festivals will then be judged by HBO Max to determine 6 winners whose films HBO Max and WarnerMedia OneFifty will then license to premiere on the platform at a later date. See Official Rules for complete details at The competition is open to Latino/a/x filmmakers (writers, directors or producers) who are legal residents of the 50 U.S./DC or PR 18+ (19+ in AL & NE, 21+ in MS). Submission must be received by at 11:59 p.m. PT on 5/2/22.”

For all films submitted:
Under contact and submission info, we request that the filmmaker or person responsible for ALL communication moving forward on this submission, will be the point of contact. If selected, the person as the contact on the application will be the only person the festival communicates with.

I have read and agree to the festival submission and participation requirements and certify that I am authorized to submit this film to The 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 DCP or Print en-route or otherwise during the course of the festival’s possession of the film.

Overall Rating
  • Thrilled to have been a part of NYLFF! Super fun festival, great community and beyond inspiring to experience the artistry that the festival brings together. Thanks for having us!

    December 2021
  • Amazing! It was an absolute pleasure to have my film play at New York Latino Film Festival. The passion of the whole festival crew really shines through in every aspect; I was especially thrilled with how incredibly well they handled the video chat Q&A sessions with the filmmakers after each screening block. I highly recommend submitting to New York Latino Film Festival to filmmakers everywhere!

    December 2021
  • Sergio Monserrate

    This was a great experience! I had a great time during my digital screening of my original series LA 143. It was a wonderful Q&A and it was great meeting the other filmmakers in my block. Because of the pandemic I did not get to join in person or take advantage of any in-person events but I look forward to next year and being able to watch films and network in New York. Thank you NYLFF!

    October 2021
  • What a fantastic festival Maria Akay and all their team put together this year, and I am overjoyed, as always, to have participated.

    October 2021
  • Gabriel de Varona

    What a fun and exciting festival! I had my short film screen with a Q&A afterwards. The moderator, Raf Morales, was very passionate about the films and had great insightful conversations with the filmmakers. I felt like all of the films and filmmakers were treated with genuine warmth and affection. Great event for Latino filmmakers and artists around the world. Will definitely be submitting our net project to this festival. Hope to be there again next year!

    October 2021