The San Diego Union-Tribune and Media Arts Center San Diego’s 2019 San Diego Latino Film Festival invite international media artists and journalists to participate in a unique and timely cross-border project: The “Migrant Voices Today” Film Challenge​​ (Voces de los Migrantes).

With the current humanitarian crisis unfolding along the San Diego-Baja California border, we are seeking honest, thought-provoking works that give voice to the migrants who have arrived at the border, the realities of their everyday lives and the struggle of being caught in the crosshairs of a binational debate. The project will spotlight stories from people living on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border and the real-world consequences the crisis is having on those who live in the border region.

$6,000 in cash prizes to be awarded.

Deadline: ​​Feb. 1, 2019

Media Arts Center San Diego’s San Diego Latino Film Festival team will oversee the selection of nominees and winners; the jury will include a selection of cross-border scholars, filmmakers, journalists and photographers. Finalists will be announced ​on Feb. 28, 2019, and their works screened ​​at the ​26th annual San Diego Latino Film Festival​​ as part of the “Frontera Filmmakers” showcase (March 14-24, 2019).

Winners​​ will be announced at the “Frontera Filmmaker” screening on ​March 18, 2019, at the AMC Fashion Valley. ​​

Entries must be uploaded via FilmFreeway and accompanied with synopsis of work, stills of video project, and bio(s) of key artists/filmmakers. International filmmakers, journalists, and media artists are welcome to participate.

Finalists’ work will be highlighted online at sandiegouniontribune.com.
​Enter your video here: www.filmfreeway.com/migrantvoices​.
Info: 619-230-1938 / i​ nfo@mediaartscenter.org

Categories include:
Emerging Filmmaker/Artist (under 25)​​ -​ $1,000 prize
Professional (Journalist/Filmmaker/Media Artist - 25 years old & up) ​​- $5,000 priz​e

Videos must be under 3 minutes and can be in English or Spanish. Short documentaries and digital stories are encouraged, but all genres will be accepted. We are seeking honest, thought-provoking works that give voice to the migrants who have arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border, the realities of their everyday lives and the struggle of being caught in the crosshairs of a binational debate. The project will spotlight stories from people living on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border and the real-world consequences the crisis is having on those who live in the border region. Videos must have been produced in 2018 or early 2019.