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September 22, 2012 (San Diego) --Be a part of film history! Media Arts Center San Diego is now seeking films and videos for 20th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival (March 7-17, 2013)! Come celebrate our landmark 20th year with an even broader program of exhilarating new activities, special events, and initiatives. The 20th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival (SDLFF) is now accepting entries for the 2013 festival. SDLFF will take place March 7-17, 2013 at the Ultrastar Cinemas Mission Valley at Hazard Center located in San Diego, California. 

Last year's festival was attended by an audience of 20,500 actively-engaged film lovers, filmmakers, actors, programmers, distributors, industry representatives and journalists from around the world. The San Diego Latino Film Festival has used the unique geographical and cultural position of the San Diego Border Region to make the festival a premiere venue for the exhibition of international and U.S. Latino features, shorts and documentaries. 
Never participated in SDLFF before? Become apart of San Diego's proud celebration of the best in Latino film.
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)
For entry form, click here.
The 2013 San Diego Latino Film Festival will include expanded opportunities for participating filmmakers and their films/videos to take the spotlight. The following is just a taste of what filmmakers and attendees can experience by participating at the upcoming San Diego Latino Film Festival:

* 155 feature and short films to be screened
* over 100 guest filmmakers and actors
* SDLFF Awards Competition
* "Country of Focus" showcase
* Workshops/Seminars with industry representatives and filmmakers (i.e. "Financing", "Distribution")
* Special 20th Anniversary Spotlight
* Celebrity Guest Curator
* "Tributes" to acclaimed filmmakers/actors
* Concerts @ the Fest
* Pre-Fest Launch Parties
* Opening, Centerpiece, and Closing Night Gala Celebrations
* SDLFF Awards Ceremony
* Free Student Outreach Screenings
* "Meet the Filmmaker" Dialogues
* SDLFF's Annual "Border Visions" Sidebar

Selection Process (Important Information)

SDLFF 2013 is seeking innovative works that are 'by','about' or 'for' the Latino community, that have been completed between 2012-2013. Work previously exhibited in the San Diego / Tijuana Border Region - whether theatrically at another local festival or broadcast on television, - is not eligible to apply. A panel of distinguished curators from the San Diego and Tijuana community will select the films and videos to be screened during the "Official Selection" of the festival. All entries will be pre-screened for eligibility by curators, however, not all entries will be programmed.

Films must be submitted with English subtitles if the dialogue is in a language other than English. Films must have been completed after January 2012. Because we use entry fees to make grants to filmmakers, fee waivers will not be granted. Exceptions will only be made for non-profit organizations and international governmental organizations.

*DVD screeners and press kits will not be returned. Upon acceptance to the festival, a press kit is required, to include the following:

Features: 100 word synopsis in English, 2 hi-res film stills (300dpi, CMYK color), digital trailer
Shorts: 50 word synopsis in English, 1 hi-res film still (300dpi, CMYK color)
Optional: digital trailer
For exhibition the following formats will be accepted:
Features: 35mm, HDCam, Blu-ray, DCP. Features must be received by March 1, 2013
Shorts: must be received by February 1, 2013 in Digital format via USB or email. USBs will be returned.

*Submitters will be notified by January 4, 2013. Judges’ decisions are final. Due to the large number of films we receive, feedback on individual films will not be provided.Films entered after the November 9 deadline will not be reviewed or returned.

An additional panel of distinguished filmmakers, film critics, and actors will sit on this year's Awards Jury. Awards are given for excellence in form and content. Films to be considered for competition will be determined by the Festival Curator.

For entry form, click here.

Entry Categories:
  • Narrative Feature (40 or more minutes)
  • Documentary Feature (40 or more minutes)
  • Short (under 40 mins)
  • Local Film
  • Youth Short (no entry fee)
  • Awards Categories:
  • Best Narrative Feature
  • Best Documentary Feature
  • Audience Award Narrative Feature
  • Audience Award Documentary Feature
  • Best Short Film
  • Best Local Film
  • Best Youth Film

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