The Official Latino Film and Arts festival is proud to host for the second year The HBO Latinx Short Film Competition

We are open for submissions!

THE EVENT

The 6th Annual Official Latino Film and Arts Festival will take place online this year due to COVID-19 health concerns. The festival will take place during Dia De Los Muertos Weekend from October 30 to November 2, 2020

Last year, via the HBO Latinx Short Film competition, we were able to coordinate 3 licenses from our screening films directly to HBO. Three talented filmmakers will see their films stream on HBO this fall. This is a dream come true, not only for the filmmakers, but also for our organization.

WHO WE ARE

Filmmaker Danny Hastings (www.dannyhastings.com) created the Festival in 2015, in response to the lack of Latinx representation in Hollywood films and TV shows. Our mission is to showcase, nurture and support the emerging creative Latinx filmmakers who produce, direct and/or write their films in the United States.

See Official Rules: http://officiallatino.com/hbo-latinx-short-film-competition/ for complete details. Open to Latinx 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). Ends 11:59 p.m. PT on 8/21/20.

OUR FOCUS FOR 2020

Location

This year, we are going to highlight our American spirit and only accept films that were made in the 50 United States, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.
Since this is the first American Domestic Film Festival of its kind, we wanted to stand out from the many International Latino Film Festivals out there and do something different. Whether you filmed in the bustling New York streets, in the majestic Grand Canyon, or near the beaches of Hawaii, we want our amazing nation to be the backdrop of your films.

Theme

This year’s theme is Community. We want to see our neighbors, our family and our people portrayed in your films. For years, Latinx filmmakers have been writing, directing and producing short films here in the U.S. For reasons that we know too well, we still struggle to get any type of proper representation. We want to see our people in your stories; we want to see our community come together—to tell our stories.

Production Dates

For this year’s contest, we will be accepting films that were produced from January 1, 2019 through August 21, 2020. If your film has started to collect dust, send it our way. It might have a chance to get in!

TOP AWARD:

BEST FILM

ADDITIONAL CATEGORIES:

BEST DRAMA AWARD
BEST COMEDY AWARD

BEST DOCUMENTARY AWARD
EXCEPTIONAL ARTISTRY AWARD (Animation/Stop Motion/Experimental)
BEST MUSIC VIDEO AWARD
BEST WEBISODE
BEST SKETCH COMEDY
BEST VIDEO BLOG
BEST OUT OF THIS WORLD AWARD (Horror and SCI-FI)
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
BEST SCRIPT

TALENT AWARDS:

BEST ACTRESS
BEST ACTOR

Rules

All films must be created in the United States.
All films must be written, directed and/or produced by a Latinx filmmaker.

Submissions

Short films should be recorded and edited in 16:9 aspect ratio with a minimum resolution of 720p and be encoded in h264 Quicktime MOV format.
Films should be 8–20 minutes in length.
Short films produced from January 1, 2019 through August 21, 2020.
Previous submissions are accepted.
Previous winning films are not eligible for consideration.
Limit 1 submission per person.
A film may only be submitted by 1 person.
Submission does not guarantee screening or acceptance. Notification of acceptance will be sent to participants by email from the Official Latino Office.
The submission fee is non-refundable.
The Competition is open to Latinx filmmakers (writers, directors or producers) who are legal residents of the 50 U.S., DC or PR. Entrants must be 18 years of age or older (19+ in AL & NE, 21+ in MS). Competition ends 11:59 p.m. PT on 8/21/20.
See Official Rules http://officiallatino.com/hbo-latinx-short-film-competition/ for complete details.

Please note: We are accepting online submissions only through FilmFreeway. WE WILL NOT ACCEPT DVDs. Please do not send them as they will NOT BE VIEWED.

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  • Great festival! The founder, Danny, works so hard to give filmmakers distribution opportunities. I highly recommend this festival. The experience was exceptional!

    April 2021
  • Luis Quintero

    Danny Hastings is a passionate person who cares about the filmmaking community. This year's online festival is unforgettable and can't wait to attend future live events! I would highly recommend this festival!

    December 2020
  • This festival was really well organized. Danny has such a great heart and focus on promoting films that are screened at his festival. It was a fun online event!

    December 2020
  • Angela Pedraza

    The Official Latino Film and Arts Festival was the best festival I could have ever wanted for my short film!! Danny Hastings and his team worked endlessly to shift his entire festival to a virtual one due to Covid. He invested his time in connecting with the filmmakers and created virtual spaces for us to network. The team's love for film and passion for uplifting Latinx filmmakers was evident in every detail they did, from the personalized emails to the interviews and specially in the awards and prices! This festival was beyond amazing and I will definitely submit to future ones to come!

    December 2020
  • Albert Beltrán

    The Best Film Festival HANDS DOWN! For us, by us for sure! Danny is the best and really cares about the art form and moving the culture forward. Can't wait for next year!

    December 2020