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1) What are the submission deadlines and what are the fees?

Film Festival dates: October 9 – October 16, 2023

Early Bird Entry: May 1 – May 31, 2023

Regular Entry: June 1 – July 1, 2023

Extended Entry: July 2 – August 2, 2023

Student Film Fee: Early Entry – Free, Standard Entry – $10, Late Entry -$15

Standard Submission Fee: Early Entry – Free, Standard Entry – $20, Late Entry – $25

2) What are the submission themes?

This year there are just 4 categories.

Films are a powerful medium for representing the diversity of the human experience. When we see someone on screen that looks like us, it can be a deeply affirming experience and remind you that your story matters too! The Latino/a voice has been one of the most underrepresented voices in film – so many opportunities exist with this theme. That is why CYF wants to give emerging filmmakers the opportunity this year to REPRESENT, through their films, in the following 4 categories:

Animated Short: Animated pieces written by Latinos/as and inspired by Latino culture or storytelling.

Music Video: Music videos featuring Latinos\as artists or artistry. (Must have the rights or written permission for the music.)

Politics Today: Pick 1 of the 2 subcategories (Politics/Climate Change):
Politics Today Films description: – The current political landscape, & how it affects Latino communities – Stories that analyze the history & culture of politics, focus on Latino representation in politics, or the impact of policies on our communities. – Topics related to systemic racism, economic inequality, environmental injustice & more through a Latino lens.

Climate Change Film Description: – Highlighting the impact of climate change on Latino communities. – Exploring topics such as natural disasters, pollution, water availability, food insecurity, ecosystem degradation from a Latino/a perspective. – How extreme weather events have disproportionately affected people in Latin American countries/communities. – Possible solutions to climate change, including renewable energy sources & sustainable development practices in our communities/countries.

Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Designed to transport viewers to other worlds – ones they may only have ever seen in their imagination.

3) What is the length of submission required?

Only films 30 minutes or shorter are eligible.

4) May I submit my project as a rough cut?

No, we are only accepting finished projects/films.

5) How old can my project be and still qualify for submission?

The project needs to have been produced and completed within 2020 till now.

6) If my project includes non-English dialogue, do you require English subtitles?

Yes, English subtitles are required.

7) Is my project eligible if it has aired on television or digital/streaming services?

Yes, within the last 3 years to be consistent with submission.

8) Do I need to meet a minimum age requirement in order to submit a project?

The minimum age requirement is 16 years old. All legal responsibilities of a Minor under the Official Rules will be assumed by his/her Parent, and a Minor winner’s prize will be awarded in the name of the Parent for the benefit of the Minor. In the event a potential prize winner is a Minor, the Minor’s Parent may be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Release on behalf of themselves and/or the Minor, and any other legal documents that Sponsor may require, including documentation to have an agreement affirmed by a Surrogate’s Court. To be eligible to win the Student Prize (defined below), you must be enrolled in high school or enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at a community college or four-year college or university (a “Student”). If you enter the Contest as a Student, you are eligible to win only the Student Prize.

9) Which video formats do you accept?

A Film must be submitted to the Sponsor in one of the following formats: .mov, .mp4, or .m4v. There is an upload size limitation of 100MB per Film. If your film is larger than 100mb, please contact us directly at

10) How do I submit my film?

During the Contest Period, submit through or enter tu cuentas cine youth fest on Filmfreeway’s website and submit there.

11) Are scholarships/waivers available?

Residents of the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, and Vermont should contact directly to obtain an Entry Fee Waiver. There will be no refunds of any Entry Fees, regardless of whether a Film is selected or not, except at the Sponsor’s sole discretion.

12) How do I know you received my submission? How will I be notified?

All notifications will be sent out from

13) If applicable, can I submit my film to more than one theme?

Yes, however, each entry must be a different film, not multiple entries for the same film.

14) Is there a geographical qualification?

Films may only be submitted by legal residents of the 50 United States, Washington D.C. or Puerto Rico.

15) Still have questions?

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