SDLFF 2022 is seeking innovative, original, and thought-provoking works that are ‘by’, ‘about’, or ‘for’ the Latinx community, that have been completed between 2020-2021.


Twenty-nine years ago, Media Arts Center San Diego‘s San Diego Latino Film Festival (SDLFF) was born out of desire to take a stand against the status-quo of cinema, to challenge the reigning and ever-present stereotypes about the Latinx experience in movies, and to give Latinx filmmakers the power of telling and sharing their stories, first-hand, about what it means to be Latinx. After all these years, the SDLFF is proud to remain linked to these ideals, constantly advocating for inclusive, diverse, and progressive cinematic storytelling about the Latinx identity. We invite you and all other visionary filmmakers to be a part of the twenty-ninth anniversary by submitting your project for consideration.


Like many other festivals around the world, SDLFF was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Its two most recent editions in 2020 and 2021 took place on virtual platforms. It is our intention to produce our 29th edition as an in-person event. The festival will continue monitoring developments pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic and will make modifications regarding in-person exhibitions following local and statewide health statutes to ensure the safety of its public. Any changes to our festival’s format will be communicated.


Check out the video recap of our most recent festival here:


Early Bird Deadline is Nov 13


View rules, guidelines, important dates + submit your film here: