The only festival of its kind in Southwestern Arizona and Northwest Mexico making quality films available at the reach of the masses. The mission of the San Luis Film Festival is to promote the culture and the arts through regional and internationals films from new and renowned filmmakers.

This year, activities are extending to include a filmmaking and Cinematographic Workshop Open to anyone, an International Short Film Competition for independent creators, and a Yuma County, Arizona, Imperial County, California, Mexicali, Baja (Mexico), San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora (Mexico) Short Film (Regional) Competition for local and regional artists.

(A) For the International Short Film Competition, projects may originate from anywhere in the world. All genres accepted including Narrative, Documentary, Animation, Experimental, etc. We will not consider porn or bestiality projects.

(B) For the Regional Short Film Competition, projects may originate from within the specified area. All genres accepted including Narrative, Documentary, Animation, Experimental, etc. We will not consider porn or bestiality projects. (PLEASE NOTE: This category may also submit under the “International Short Film Competition”, but can only compete in one of the two categories).

The event will be at the Cesar Chavez Cultural Center 1015 N. Main Street, San Luis, AZ 85349, Phone: (928) 341-8535. There is no fee admission to the event and it will be from 6:00 -9:00 pm on 11/13 – 11/16/2018.

Regional Short Film Competition
First place - $300.00
Second place - $200.00
Third place- $100.00

International Short Film Competition
First place - $300.00
Second place - $200.00
Third place- $100.00

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
Open to independent works between 3 minutes to 10 minutes long made by Amateurs or current students, and Professionals creators.

WHAT ARE THE RULES?
1. Short films entered in the festival must have been completed between and NOVEMBER 19, 2017 and OCTOBER 6, 2018

2. International works entered must be able to attend an Arizona premiere, PREFERRED. In case your project is selected as a winner there will be a premiere during our festival to show the winner's films.
3. Regional works entered must be able to attend an Arizona premiere. In case your project is selected as a winner there will be a premiere during our festival to show the winners' films.
4. Entries must be in English or have English subtitles.
5. Entries may originate from any film or video format.
6. For pre-screening, on-line screeners (Vimeo) and/or DVD screeners are accepted.
7. For festival screenings, finalists must supply a Blu-Ray and/or DVD formats.

If the pre-screening committee judges that it is in the best interest of the filmmaker to change the category of an entry, the committee reserves the right to do so. Awards will be made to the BEST in each category.

JUDGING
All submitted entries are reviewed by media panels and evaluated according to content, form and technical aspects. Panel members and the festival director will determine the finalists for screening at the festival. Entrants will be notified by email as to the status of the entry.
Filmmakers, journalists, artists, educators and critics will select festival award recipients from all entries. Winners’ works will be screened during the festival November 12-16, 2018. Judges reserve the right not to select a winner in any given category. Judges decisions are final.