13th Annual LACLA Student Film Festival: 03 May 2020
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
DEADLINE: Friday, 13 March 2020

The Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles (LACLA) is happy to announce its call for submissions for the 13th Annual Student Film Festival to be held at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex on the campus of California State University, Los Angeles on Sunday, 03 May 2020.

As a means of encouraging and acknowledging young artists, our festival features short films by students from various middle and high schools and media programs of the greater Los Angeles area: from the Valley to South L.A.; and from East L.A. to Venice.

OUR MISSION:
The Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles (LACLA) is a leading institute of cinema exhibition with the year-round programming of Chicanx, Latinx, and Latin American films. Each component of LACLA is firmly committed to the cultivation of cultural expression and exchange among students, educators, filmmakers, and community members of diverse backgrounds through the art of cinema. LACLA was founded in 1997 by a group of Los Angeles-based Latinx cultural activists and cinéastes in response to the lack of local, as well as national, exhibition spaces for Latinx and Latin American cinemas. The group began by screening classic Latin American films in the historic downtown Los Angeles theatre district. Since then, LACLA has grown to encompass various programs providing youth and adults opportunities to engage with the vibrant and innovative bodies of Chicanx, Latinx, and Latin American filmmaking.

RULES & TERMS:
The Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles Student Film Festival is a diverse, community & family-oriented event.
We are looking for films that are firmly committed to the cultivation of cultural expression among students of diverse backgrounds through the art of cinema.
Submitting Your Short Film:
Please submit your film through LACLA’s Student Film Festival site on FilmFreeway.

• For the 2020 Festival, we are accepting ONLY SHORT FILMS 5mins OR LESS.
• Must be a High School & Middle School students in the greater Los Angeles area with consent of teachers or mentors.
• Submission to the LACLA Student Film Festival is Free.
• Film length 5 min. or less
• Film must be made during 2017-2019
• Film must be provided in the following formats: MOV, WMV, MP4
• Accepted Genres: Animation, Commercial, Documentary, Experimental, Music Video, Narrative, Newscast, Public Service Announcement (PSA)
• Please contact us if you have questions before submitting your film.
• You may submit more than one film, each one with its own entry form.
• Films in a language other than English must have English subtitles.
• No film re-submissions, unless the work has been significantly changed.

Accepted Films:
All filmmakers are encouraged to attend along with family members, friends and peers; all of our programs include Q&A time for filmmaker/audience engagement.
As years in the past, LACLA will provide every student in the program with a commemorative t-shirt and a $25 stipend to directors of a film screened and who are present. Three winners will be selected for Best Film, Best Documentary, and Most Creative. Prizes will be announced at a later date. We will also be continuing our college and film program fair and a filmmakers discussion. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided to all who attend during the program’s intermission.

Legal:
By submitting to the Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles (LACLA) Student Film Festival, you agree that you have the authority & rights to submit the film. You guarantee that you have obtained all rights & clearances that are necessary for a film festival screening and indemnify and hold harmless the LACLA Student Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses which may be incurred by reason of any type of claim whatsoever involving film entered.
The LACLA Student Film Festival is also granted the right to utilize an excerpt & stills from any film accepted for current & future promotional purposes. LACLA Student Film Festival may reject the film if digital file for screening is not received by posted deadline.

Kind regards,
Vera Amaya, Assistant Program Coordinator
Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles
info@lacla.org