40th Chicago Latino Film Festival Announces Call for Submissions

The oldest Latino film festival in the United States, the Chicago Latino Film Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2024. Produced by the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago, the Chicago Latino Film Festival showcases and introduces audiences to the latest trends and newest voices in Iberoamerican cinema as well as feature the latest work by the masters of this cinema. Over 100 short and feature films are presented over the 10-day event which will take place next year from April 11-21, 2024. The Chicago Latino Film Festival has also an educational component in the form of late morning and early afternoon free student screenings offered to public and private schools with a high concentration of Latino students across the Chicago metro area.

Submissions are now open to the Festival. Features must have a running time of 70 minutes or above and shorts must be less than 20 minutes. Films from Latin America, Spain, Portugal and the United States are considered, as well as works from other countries if the director is of Ibero- or Latin American descent, or the subject matter is directly related to Latino culture. FILMS THAT DO NOT MEET THESE CRITERIA WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM CONSIDERATION UPON SUBMISSION.

Films with an educational value, or a strong historical and artistic importance are also considered. The Festival presents all forms of filmmaking including animation, documentaries, experimental, narrative, etc. The Festival encourages the submission of works for young audiences.

Selected films must be a Chicago premiere. Films that have screened publicly, theatrically, or streaming in the Chicago area, have aired on US television, or are available for public viewing (DVD or online) prior to the Festival dates are NOT eligible. Films must be submitted by December 19, 2023.

You submit your film via FilmFreeway.