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
  • Aristotle Torres

    As an indy filmmaker, NYLFF is one of the best festivals I've been a part of. Everything from the programming to the A/V, the panels, all of which were executed with precision and care.

    I've also made substantial relationships with fellow filmmakers, the programmers and even the founder himself.

    Well worth your submission fee!

    March 2019
  • Millie Torchetti

    I am forever grateful for the incredible connections I made at the NYLFF. I cannot recommend it enough!

    February 2019
  • Wesley Rodriguez

    The best festival I've been to. Very organized and fun. They really know how to take care of their filmmakers. The venue, HBO panels and screenings were top notch. Looking forward to coming back again very soon!

    January 2019
  • Bobby Ashley

    A lot of creative people all in one room. The quality of films that was screened here and the amount of networking, it’s definitely worth it!

    September 2018
  • Laura Somers

    This festival is a class act! The staff is so cool, so organized, SO MUCH FUN to be around. The venue this year was amazing, a huge AMC theater in the heart of Times Square and they packed our TWO screenings - TWO! Lots of red carpet interview opportunities, a filmmaker's lounge at the theater where you can network, and amazing panels everyday with top HBO executives at the HBO headquarters. There was such an emphasis placed on building community for the long haul - we loved it - a really fantastic festival.

    September 2018