SUBMISSIONS OPEN ON MARCH 1st 2017!!!

The 3rd Annual Official Latino Short Film Festival will take place October 6-8, 2017 in New York City. The films will be screened at the Teatro LATEA. For more information visit our website www.officiallatino.com

Filmmaker Danny Hastings created the Festival in 2015 in response to the lack of diversity among Academy Award nominees. Our mission is to showcase, nurture, and support the emerging creative American Latino filmmaker in the United States. With the evident lack of American Latino representation in studio films and TV, it's up to us -- the American Latino -- to tell our stories from our perspective. This Festival is created, funded and organized by American Latino filmmakers just like you. We believe that by supporting emerging talent we will begin to see a real representation of us on the BIG SCREEN.

This year's theme is "AMERICAN DIVERSITY" and we're excited about the Festival's new additions aimed at improving the overall experience for filmmakers and attendees.

Awards & Prizes

TOP AWARDS:
"GRAND PRIZE" = $ 2,000.00
"BEST INTERNATIONAL" = $ 1,000.00
****NEW*** AMERICAN DIVERSITY AWARD = $1,000.00

ADDITIONAL CATEGORIES AND AWARDS FOR U.S. SHORTS:

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 (Horros and SCI-FI)

BEST ACTRESS
BEST ACTOR
BEST LATINO VIDEO BLOGGER
BEST LATINA VIDEO BLOGGER

Rules & Terms

All films created in the United States submitting for the following categories: U.S. DRAMA, U.S. COMEDY, U.S. DOCUMENTARY, U.S. EXCEPTIONAL ARTISTRY (Animation/Stop Motion/Experimental), U.S. MUSIC VIDEO, U.S. WEBISODE, U.S. SKETCH COMEDY, U.S. VIDEO BLOG AND U.S. OUT OF THIS WORLD AWARD (Horros and SCI-FI) will compete for the GRAND PRIZE of $ 2,000.00. These films must be written, directed or produced by an American Latino filmmaker and must feature at least one Latino or Latina LEAD actor, but the content should not be limited to the Latino culture. For example, it could be a film set in outer space with the last NASA astronauts, who all or at least one happen to be Latino, searching for signs of life. Let your imagination run wild!

All Films produced outside of the United States can only submit for the "CORTOMETRAJE INTERNACIONAL" Category.

All Films submitting for the "AMERICAN DIVERSITY" category must be created in the United States and should be written, directed or produced by filmmakers of any race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identification, people over 40 and/or individuals with disabilities and should reflect a cast from a diverse background.

SUBMISSIONS

The short films submitted should be recorded and edited on 720 or 1080 HD format. The length of the films should be no shorter than 3 minutes and no longer than 45 minutes. Short films must have been produced between January 1, 2015 and July 4, 2017.

If you've previously submitted a short film to our festival, you can submit it again this year. Filmmakers can submit multiple entries throughout the Festival's various categories.

Previous winners of the Official Latino Short Film Festival cannot re-submit the same 'winning' films, but can submit new work.

We are only accepting online submissions trough FilmFreeway. WE WILL NOT ACCEPT DVD's so please do not send them as they will NOT BE VIEWED.

Submitting your short films does not guarantee screening or acceptance. A notification of acceptance will be sent by written email from the Official Latino Office. Submission fee is non-refundable.

AGE REQUIREMENTS:
U.S. filmmakers must be 14 and older. All U.S. filmmakers under the age of 18 must include the contact information for a parent/guardian. Filmmakers outside of the U.S. submitting short films for the International category must be 18 and older.

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    Victor Grullon

    Great experience, good vibes festival!!!

    October 2017
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    Liz Neptune

    Really fun time, was my first time attending a festival for my work and it definitely gave me a glimpse into the life and it was awesome. Really great to see tons of other upcoming filmmakers and feel like I'm on the right track. Organizers were very patient and helpful. I really appreciate the experience! See you next year!

    October 2017
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    Reynier Molenaar

    Hands down one of the best festivals I've ever had the pleasure to be a part of!! Danny Hastings and his dedicated team showed love and respect for the filmmakers at every stage of the process, making me and my producer feel welcomed and supported.

    It started with a warm email welcoming us to the festival, but grew to include graphics and banners that were tailor-made for my film, STRAIN. Then the festival used all of their social media power to highlight STRAIN's trailer and behind the scenes. Danny even went as far as to film interviews with me and other filmmakers, to get the word out. Every film and filmmaker was given the utmost respect and honor.

    There were press releases in major publications, there were television segments highlighting the fest, podcast shoutouts -- these guys do everything in their power to get people to know your film and to foster community between filmmakers.

    The festival itself was awesome too. They live-streamed all the Q&As and parties, so all my friends and family who couldn't attend got to participate too. And the parties were LIT -- filled with the passion of filmmakers and fans coming together! Not to mention great partners who sponsored an open bar!!

    I walked away not only with an incredible experience as an artist, but also, I was able to expand my creative community with some inspiring new friends.

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this festival!! Do yourself a favor and submit your next film!!

    October 2017
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    Felix Martiz

    This festival truly stands behind every independent filmmaker. It gives love to all POC and allows an excellent platform for all of our shorts to shine. The community of diverse artists that this festival brings together from all over the country is truly amazing. The films selected are all top notch and speaking as a short filmmaker who makes long shorts, its comforting to know that they look beyond time duration. They care about what matters like quality, story and great performances. Their communication is excellent and the hospitality is what you expect from a loving familia. I can't wait until the next Official Latino Short Film Festival!

    October 2017
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    oldren Romero

    Amazing. thank you very much

    October 2017