Call for Submissions: Media Arts Center San Diego's 4th Annual Film Festival Poster Competition

Be a part of film history! Help us celebrate our 20th Anniversary! Media Arts Center San Diego is now accepting submissions for our 4th annual Film Festival Poster Competition. Submissions are free of charge! The deadline for all submissions is October 5, 2012.

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Media Arts Center San Diego will be presenting the 20th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival (SDLFF), March 7-17, 2013. This prestigious and internationally recognized festival celebrates films and videos by Latinos and/or about the Latino experience, screening over 150 works from across Latin America and throughout the United States. For the third year in a row, the Festival is putting a call out to artists and graphic designers for its annual poster artwork. Artists and Designers are encouraged to submit work for the Film Festival Poster Competition by October 5, 2012.

Late submissions will NOT be accepted.

Guidelines: The competition is open to all artists and graphic designers. All submissions must be received by the deadline of October 5, 2012 at 5:00pm. There is no limit to the number of submissions entered. There is no cost to submit. Entries will be accepted from individuals, collaborative teams, or design firms, with prize money being split between the entrants listed. No additional prize money will be awarded.

We are looking for images that depict Latin American Cinema in an interesting, relevant and visually innovative way that avoids stereotypes and cliches. Entries will be judged using the following criteria:

*Overall impact of the display for eye-catching appeal, visual attractiveness, and its ability to draw the viewer in

*Clarity of the message's demonstration of Latino cinema/film festival

*Appropriateness of the graphics for the festival


*Entries must be mounted on an 8 1/2" w x 11" h board.

In the artwork, be sure to include "20th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival, March 7-17, 2013" Entries may be in the form of photography, painting, graphic art, and illustration, in color or black and white. The design should be easy to translate into a range of print materials such as 30" x 36" size posters, newsprint ads, t-shirts, film, street banners, bus advertisements, etc.

Place your name, address, email and phone number on the back of each submission. All submissions will be judged based on content, appeal and marketability. The decisions of the judges will be final. Media Arts Center San Diego does not take on liability for submissions. Please provide a self-addressed stamped envelope if you would like your design(s) to be returned to you.

All submissions become the shared property of the artist and San Diego Latino Film Festival. By submitting an entry, the entrant agrees that San Diego Latino Film Fesitval has permission to use the image for purposes including, but not limited to:





-souvenir programs

-festival badges & tickets


Copyrighted material: Material that is not original or the property of the artist is prohibited.

If your poster design is selected, you will win USD$1,000 and your design will contribute the look of the Festival by appearing on Festival posters, invitations, t-shirts, and much more, providing significant and immeasurable exposure to your artwork/design. Finalists will be announced in mid-December, and the winning poster will be revealed in January 2013 in San Diego, CA. All posters that advance to the final round will be exhibited during the 2013 San Diego Latino Film Festival, March 7-17, 2013.

*Click here for Submission Form

Send submissions to:
Attn: San Diego Latino Film Festival 2013
2921 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92104-1204

For further information, please contact Media Arts Center San Diego at (619) 230-1938 or email

Click here to see last year's finalists.