Twenty four years ago, the San Diego Latino Film Festival (SDLFF) was originally established as a student film festival focusing on works by Latinos and/or about the Latino Experience. Since then, the SDLFF has developed into one of the largest, most respected and enduring Latino film festivals in the country. Over 260,000 people have attended during the past seventeen years, and over 2,450 films/videos from across Latin America and the United States have been screened.

The SDLFF’s distinct legacy can be attributed to the combination of the programming and operational team’s unwavering persistence of finding the very best Latino content and the continuous support from our long-time patrons, sponsors, and community partners. Our Call for Entries is our official launch of the 2017 SDLFF season, and we are eager--and honored-- to screen your work.

Past festival guests have included renowned individuals as Kate del Castillo, Edward James Olmos, Plutarco Haza, Hector Jimenez, Gustavo Sánchez Parra, Cassandra Ciangherotti, Fina Torres, Armando Casas, Juan Manuel Bernal, Alejandro de la Madrid, Sergio Tovar Velarde, Carlos Bolado, Marimar Vega, Gaspar Scheuer, Eduardo España, Gustavo Moheno, Erick Elías, Juan Pablo Medina, Demián Bichir, America Ferrera, John Leguizamo, Bruno Baretto, Roselyn Sanchez, Alfonso Cuarón, Diego Luna, Gael García Bernal, Carlos Carrera, and hundreds of other emerging and established Latino filmmakers.

Awards & Prizes

Top Prize: $1,000.00 dollars and promotional exposure in ALL marketing festival related marketing materials

10 Finalists - 2 tickets to the 24th San Diego Latino Film Festival & limited promotional exposure!

Rules & Terms

***Please submit your artwork under the Photography category***

This is an international competition, open to designers of all professional levels.
There is no entry fee.

A panel of distinguished judges (composed of artists, graphic designers, and art educators) will vote on the winning poster and finalists.

Please review the guidelines below very carefully. Failure to adhere to any of stipulations made below may disqualify your submission.

1 - Poster design must appeal to general audiences (all age groups). Poster may not include: nudity, weapons, offensive imagery, and derogatory text. We expect artists to exercise their best judgement in making creative decisions.

2 - Important: Your artwork must be free of any generalizations about the Latino culture. This includes but is not limited to: stereotypical imagery, icons specific to one country, and uninspired stock visuals.
Icons that may not be represented in the design include: chiles, nachos, skulls, papel picado, piñatas, cactuses, sombreros, etc.

3 - The San Diego Latino Film Festival is first and foremost a CELEBRATION of Latino culture. Our legacy endures year after year because we have maintained our focus on giving underrepresented perspectives of the Latino experience the opportunity to be showcased cinematically.

In designing your artwork, think of what types of Latino experiences you would like to see more of. As an artist, you are a vanguard of culture and should propose new and exciting interpretations of the Latino experience.

Some keywords to guide your design:

San Diego - Baja California Region
Honoring Latino Filmmakers

4 - Two (2) versions of the poster must be submitted for consideration:
a. Image only (without festival name and dates)*
b. Image WITH festival name and dates**

*Note, if your "Image only" design is selected, the San Diego Latino Film Festival will be responsible for creating a festival logo and determining the typography.

**Festival name and dates:
24th San Diego Latino Film Festival
March 16 - 26, 2017

5 - Computer graphics, as well as paintings, may be used to compose the design.

6 - Poster design must be functional - Your design will be used in advertisements, catalogue, website and other marketing materials.

7 - Format:
JPEG | 18 inches wide x 24 inches high | 150 DPI (RGB) | 4 MB

In addition, if you make it past the preliminary round of entries:
Digital Format 18 x 24 inches at 300 DPI (CMYK).

8 - Specifications:
When submitting artwork please include [Artist Name]_[Name of Poster]. Example: Name_postername01.jpg

Include a brief description of your artwork

Poster designer authorizes Media Arts Center San Diego to use all the components of winning artwork. Artists can keep and use original artwork.

For more information visit: or call 619-230-1938.