December 2, 2005

Media Arts Center San Diego Announces Call For Entries for 13th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival (March 9-19, 2006)

Media Arts Center San Diego’s prestigious and internationally recognized San Diego Latino Film Festival, soars into 2006 with an impressive and exhilarating schedule of activities, special events and initiatives. The 13th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival (SDLFF) is now accepting entries for the 2006 festival. SDLFF will take place March 9-19, 2006 at the UltraStar Theaters Mission Valley at Hazard Center located in beautiful San Diego, California.

The 2006 San Diego Latino Film Festival will include many opportunities for participating filmmakers and their films/videos to take the spotlight.

Twelve years ago, the San Diego Latino Film Festival was originally established as a student film festival focusing on works by Latinos and/or about the Latino Experience. Since that time, the San Diego Latino Film Festival has developed into one of the larger and most well respected Latino film festivals in the country.

The festival is seeking innovative works that are ‘by’, ‘about’ or ‘for’ the Latino community, that have been produced between 2004-2006.  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. If your work is selected, you will be notified by mail no later than January 31, 2006 to send the work in its original format.

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.  Awards Categories include: Best Narrative Feature (40 min. and longer), Best Documentary Feature (40 min. and longer), Best Documentary Short (under 40 min.), Best Narrative Short (under 40 min.), Best Experimental Work, Best Youth Work (For film and video works shot, directed and produced by youth under 18 years old), Best Local Work (produced or directed by a current resident of San Diego / Tijuana Border Region), Best Student Work, and “Audience Award” (popular ballot). 

Deadline for submissions to the festival is December 15, 2005

Entry fee: $15 (shorts) and $25 (features). Payable by check or money order to: “Media Arts Center San Diego”.

To enter a work, please submit each of the following:

1. Completed Entry Form

2. Brief synopsis (100 words or less)

3. Bios (actors, producer, & director)

4. VHS or DVD video copy of entry (NTSC)

5. Still photos (300 dpi if submitted electronically)

6. $15 entry fee for Shorts / $25 entry fee for Full length (payable to: “Media Arts Center San Diego”). Or, pay on-line with a credit card at:

Send all Entries to:

San Diego Latino Film Festival 2006, c/o Media Arts Center San Diego, 921 25th Street, San Diego, CA 92102, U.S.A.

E-mail: Telephone: 619-230-1938 x 101 / Fax: 619-230-1937

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