25th Annual

San Diego Latino Film Festival

March 15, 2018 to March 25, 2018


Best Documentary Short (under 30 min.),


Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
September 8, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 15.00 *
Regular Deadline
October 13, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 25.00 *
Late Deadline
December 1, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 40.00

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 30.00.

Category Details

Approximately February 1, 2018

Shorts: maximum 30 minutes

Projects completed after January 1, 2015

Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

No premiere requirement

Projects may have distribution

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

  Secure Online Screener
REGION 0    
REGION 1    
Media Files
  .MOV (QuickTime)

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Media Files
  .MOV (Quicktime)

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Press Kit Requirements

A press kit is required, but only after acceptance.
> Production Still Photos - Digital
> Photo of the Director - Digital
> Biography/Filmography - Director
> Biography/Filmography - Producer
> Biography/Filmography - Writer

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

Best Documentary Short

Category Rules

SDLFF 2018 is seeking innovative, original, and thought-provoking works that are ‘by’, ‘about’ or ‘for’ the Latino community, that have been completed between 2016-2017. Please register your films through one our submission platforms, Film Freeway or Withoutabox. Do not send screening link directly to the Programmers’ inbox, unless instructed to do so. We use our platforms to keep track of our entries and links sent directly to our inboxes may be hard to localize given the high volume of emails we receive during our festival season. If you decide to forego the registration, your film will not be placed into consideration. Links, digital uploads, and physical copies must be received by the deadlines stipulated below.

Early Bird Submission Deadline:
September 8th

Official Submission Deadline:
October 13th

Late Submission Deadline:
November 10th

Fees must be paid before festival programmers screen your work and must be paid by the deadline. We do not give preferential treatment to entries submitted early BUT we advise that filmmakers take advantage of the Early Bird Submission Deadline since it is the lowest price point to register your film.

Submitted films must be San Diego Premieres and must not have been been screened at another film festival, theater chain, television, VOD or S-VOD platform, or be available on Blu Ray or DVD before the end dates of our festival in the San Diego area. Work exhibited in the Tijuana or Baja California region may be accepted but have to fulfill the criteria of being San Diego Premieres.

A panel of distinguished curators from the San Diego and Tijuana community will select the films to be screened in this year’s special 25th Anniversary “Official Selection” for the 2018 festival.

All entries will be pre-screened for eligibility by curators and selection committee; however, not all entries will be programmed.

The festival will not pay an exhibition fee for any accepted entries initially submitted through our general Call for Entries.

There are no refunds for submission fees for either selected or declined entries. The SDLFF may screen any accepted entries up to three times during the festival dates (March 15-25, 2018) at ANY of our exhibition venues. The section or program the film is scheduled for is at the discretion of Festival Programmers.

Documentary Short
Any non-fiction work with a running time of 30 minutes or less. Scripted re-enactments within the film are acceptable. Film must be ‘by’, ‘about’ or ‘for’ the Latino community