Film Festivals

article-new-ehow-images-a01-ui-dd-plan-documentary-film-festival-800x800There are lots of festivals out there which means there are lots of possible premiere possibilities for your short or feature film.  A few things worth considering when you  begin to send out your film for the first time are deadlines, eligibility issues, entry fees, festival mission, is it competitive?  is there a cash money prize?, community or industry driven, etc?)  This page will be my ongoing list of select U.S. festivals, from reputable Latino themed or other niche genre fests – of which there are many to choose from – to mainstream that have previously supported US Latino films.  Submit early!  Want more specific advice?  Hit me up on chicanafromchicago@gmail.com

JANUARY

Sundance Film Festival, January 16-26, 2014

Submissions open in July

Slamdance Film Festival, January (2014 tba)

FEBRUARY

**San Antonio’s Cinefestival 

CineFestival en San Antonio, the nation’s original and longest-running Latino film festival, will celebrate its 35th anniversary February 23-March 2, 2013

Deadlines:

MARCH

Miami International Film Festival

30th Edition March 1-10, 2013
June 25, 2012 | Early Deadline | $45.00 (SOS) | $65.00 (DVD)
July 23, 2012 | Regular Deadline | $55.00 (SOS) | $75.00 (DVD)
August 27, 2012 | Late Deadline | $65.00 (SOS) | $85.00 (DVD)
September 28, 2012 | Extended Deadline | $100.00 (S0S) | NO DVD ACCEPTED AFTER AUG. 27TH

San Diego Latino Film Festival

20th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival March 7-17, 2013
155 feature and short films to be screened
Early Entry Deadline: September 7, 2012
Entry Fees: Short Film ($15), Feature Film ($25)
Normal Entry Deadline: October 5, 2012
Entry Fees: Short Film ($25), Feature Film ($35)
Late Entry Deadline: November 9, 2012
Entry Fees: Short Film ($40), Feature Film ($60)

South by Southwest (Austin, TX), March 8-17, 2013

Early Deadline – Thursday, October 4th, 2012
Features – $40
 Shorts – $25 
Music Videos
Late Deadline – Thursday, Nov 1, 2012
Features – $60
 Shorts – $40
 Music Videos – $40
Last Minute Deadline – Thursday, Nov 15, 2012
Features – $100
 Shorts – $50 
Music Videos – $50

APRIL

Chicago Latino Film Festival presented by the International Latino Cultural Center

29th edition April 4-11, 2013
Deadline:  December 21, 2012
Submission fee:  $50

Xican Indie, Denver

16th Edition April 4, 2013

16th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival April 16 – 21, 2013 (Austin)

Deadline: January 15, 2013 at 5:00pm (Non-refundable entry fee US$20)

Late Deadline: January 31, 2013 at 5:00pm (Late entry fee US$40)

Tribeca Film Festival, April 17-28

  • Early Entry Deadline (10/19/12) – Shorts: US$30; Features: US$45
  • Official Entry Deadline (11/30/12) – Shorts: US$45; Features: US$65
  • Late Entry Deadline (12/28/12) – Features only: US$100

MAY

JUNE 

LA Film Festival, June 13-23

Early Bird Deadline:   December 7, 2012  $50 features
Official Deadline:   January 11, 2013  $60 features
Late Deadlines: Short films and music videos: February 8, 2013
Feature-length narrative and documentary films: February 15, 2013  $70 features

Marfa Film Festival, June 26-30

Regular Deadline March 11, 2013
Features         60
Shorts           45
Music videos  30
Late Deadline March 17, 2013
Feature           80.00
Short             50.00
Music Video   40.00
Extended Deadline March 25, 2013 (WAB only)
Feature           95.00
Short             70.00
Music Video   35.00

JULY

AUGUST

**HBO Presents New York International Latino Film Festival

Deadlines:  TBA

SEPTEMBER

Cine + Mas Film Festival, September 13-28, 2012

Mexican Film Festival of the Americas, September 20-28, 2012 (Chicago, IL)

Fantastic Fest, September 20-27 (Austin)  If you’ve made a genre film – and there’s nothing more sweaty than a latino genre flick, this might be the best fit for it

FEATURE FILM DEADLINES:
Earlybird Deadline: February 20, 2013 Regular Price: $35 / Discounted Price: $30
Regular Deadline: April 24, 2013 Regular Price: $40 / Discounted Price: $35
Late Deadline: May 29, 2013 Regular Price: $45 / Discounted Price: $40
WAB Extended Deadline: June 28, 2013 Regular Price: $60 / Discounted Price: $45
SHORT FILM DEADLINES:
Earlybird Deadline: February 20, 2013 Regular Price: $25 / Discounted Price: $20
Regular Deadline: April 24, 2013 Regular Price: $30 / Discounted Price $25
Late Deadline: May 29, 2013 Regular Price: $35 / Discounted Price: $30
WAB Extended Deadline: June 28, 2013 Regular Price: $50 / Discounted Price: $35

OCTOBER

Seattle Latino Film Festival, October 5-14, 2012

Portland Latin American Film Festival 12-18, 2012

Boston Latino International Film Festival October 25th – 28th 2012

Chicago International Film Festival  October 10-24, 2013 – yikes pretty hefty entry fees!

Early Bird Rates (Postmarked by March 29, 2013)
Feature-length Narrative $90
Feature-length Documentary  $70
Shorts   $40
Regular Deadline (Postmarked by June 21, 2013)
Feature-length Narrative $100
Feature-length Documentary  $80
Shorts              $50
Late Deadline (Postmarked by July 8, 2013)
Feature-length Narrative  $200
Feature-length Documentary $150
Shorts – under 40 minutes $70

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