The film industry in Latin America is rapidly evolving to a world-class level. Increasingly, works from this region are not only finding their way to the world's most prestigious festivals, but garnering top critical recognition as well. The same can be said for U.S.-based Latinx projects. This festival, designed to cast a spotlight on the emerging Latino film industry features works by up and coming and well-established filmmakers from the area and seeks to build professional and artistic exchanges between Latin America and the Hollywood film world.

The Volunteer Application for the 2021 PIFF/LA is now OPEN! Without your support, this festival wouldn't be possible so thank you for your interest! Please, fill the following form:

A panel of industry judges comprised of producers, filmmakers, writers and others review all submissions and select winners in Directing, Acting and Writing categories. Awards are given for Best Feature, Best Documentary and Best Short. An Audience Award, based on polling of audience members during screenings, is also awarded.

Latinx Filmmakers from the U.S. and across the globe are encouraged to submit their work. English and subtitled Spanish language work welcome.

PIFF/LA is an inclusive festival and interested in a range of Latinx experiences including work from Central American filmmakers, Student Films, Female and LGBTQ Filmmakers, to name a few.

You may submit more than one film, but each one must be submitted separately and must be accompanied by its own completed submission form and entry fee.

All non-English films must have English subtitles.

Entries will not be viewed without entry fee payment.

Screeners should be labelled with the title, running-time, contact email and phone number.
Please do NOT send stills or press kits. If your project is selected we will request additional information at that time.

All fees are non-refundable.

The Panama International Film Festival/LA is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that they are authorized to commit the film for screening, and understand and accept these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless The Panama International Film Festival/LA from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered. Entries will not be returned. The Competition reserves the right to refuse entries.

Overall Rating
  • Loren Escandon

    This festival is a gem. I was so honored to screen my short Los Patines. The organization really cares for high-quality storytelling, diversity, equity, and inclusion. It is a lot of fun as well. They have the perfect balance between networking and pachanga!!!

    October 2021
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    Response from festival:

    I think you've given us a new slogan!

  • mariana parma

    Great festival, so honored that my short film was selected and screened live in a theater. Thank you so much.

    October 2021
  • Sarey Martin Concepcion

    I love this festival. Such good vibes, and such an authentic supporter of Latinx voices in filmmaking. Really great people too!

    October 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Keep up the good work!

  • Mike Wavrecan

    Great communication from the festival, awesome screening @ Raleigh Studios on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. Great Experience.

    October 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Mike. We look forward to welcoming you again.

  • Que gran placer haber sido parte de este festival que año a año sigue creciendo!!

    November 2020