Call for Entries: Cortos Y Fuertes / Short & Strong Student Film Competition

The Cortos Y Fuertes / Short & Strong student film competition, sponsored by the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and UNITE HERE, a union representing hotel, hospitality, and food service workers, and the Los Angeles Latino Film Festival announce its Call for Entries for short films created by students about the immigrants in their lives.

Students are encouraged to submit films no more than three minutes long. Submissions are due by September 20, 2013. Each film will be judged within one of the three age categories: 18 years old and over, 13-17 years old, and 13 years old and under.

Films will be judged by an esteemed panel, including former U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and actor/producer Rosario Dawson, who will select the most thought and emotion provoking telling of the immigration story. First and second place winners will be chosen in all three age categories, and “Best Overall” and “Most Viewed” prizes will also be awarded. Winners will receive cash prizes up to $2,000.

Filmmakers are encouraged to be creative and resourceful and may use video cameras, digital cameras, or cell phones to shoot their films.

The United States has over 40 million immigrants and approximately 11 million are undocumented. As the nation is on the brink of creating a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, Short & Strong’s mission is to encourage students across the country to share stories about immigrants and be a part of this nationwide discussion.

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