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 2019!

* 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 16 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 2017.


• 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)

• 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


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
  • Perfect if you are a international filmmaker and want to get into the New York Latino network. Great experience! Great panels!

    October 2019
  • David Tripler

    I can’t say it enough but the energy of the NY Latino film festival was amazing. It was amazing to see how many emerging creators were so supportive of one another. That ice breaker in the theater networking event really helped everyone open up with each other and I mean it when I say that a lot of us are still keeping in touch. The energy was contagious and I know there’s an amazing wave of talent on its way and it wouldn’t be possible if we didn’t have real champions shining a light on our stories. So thank you NYLFF

    September 2019
  • Thiago Dadalt

    To all filmmakers out there making films that matter, NY Latino is an awesome Festival in N.Y. with wonderful Latin people running it! I can't wait to be back soon :)

    September 2019
  • Glenís Hunter

    This was hands down one of the best experiences I’ve ever had as a content creator. I left this festival feeling like I belonged to a family. Great networking events and special guests as well! Staff was incredible and the quality of films screened were stellar. Great job y’all!

    September 2019
  • I can't say enough about this festival. It was inspiring, moving, encouraging. This festival turns the spotlight on Latinx creatives has created opportunities for so many filmmakers like myself. It's by-passing the gate keepers and opening the door for unknown talent to be seen. I am so humbled we were included and can't wait to see what these talents come up with next!

    September 2019