In its first year, the program will offer a production grant to 5 visionary directors who identify as Afro Latino to create a short film.

Each filmmaker will receive $20,000 cash and individualized mentorship, meetings with industry leaders and networking opportunities. The completed films will be premiered as a part of a special program during the 2021 version of LALIFF, where filmmakers will also have the opportunity to participate in the Festival’s Industry Week, to further develop their careers and gain industry access needed to succeed as working artists.

The 5 participating filmmakers will be selected through an open call for submissions. Applicants will be required to submit a short treatment, samples of their work and a director’s statement. Strong consideration will be given to those whose work samples and statements demonstrate talent, responsibility and collaborative effort.

For the purpose of this program, Afro Latino will be defined as any filmmaker from the United States that self-identifies as both Black and Latino.

Furthermore, the criteria for eligibility for this program will be as follows:

Applicants must identify as Afro Latino and be permanent residents or citizens of the United States.

Professional Merit: Open to emerging filmmakers who have completed at least one short film, have not yet completed a feature film and are ready for the next step in their career.

Artistic Merit: Have a clear vision of what they want to execute and accomplish, with a powerful voice.


Applicants must submit the following documents for consideration:


  • Must be written in English.
  • Must be 4 pages or shorter (single space, Arial font).

  • Must be for a short film (less than 15 minutes) of any genre.
  • Must be the original work of the submitter created solely for the purpose of this competition.

  • Must include: Working title, Logline, stage of Development

Samples of previous work:

It can be a director’s reel or excerpts from previous work.
Maximum 5 minutes.

Director’s statement:

Elaborate on your vision for the short film you want to create. Maximum 2 pages (single space, Arial font).

Each fellow will receive $20,000 towards the production of their short film

Important dates

Call for submissions: September 14 to October 14
Selected participants are notified: November 16
Public screenings of Fellow’s films: LALIFF 2021

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