Do I have to be a student to apply? 

No, however the stories must be about how students transition from high school graduation. 


Does my concept have to be Latino-themed?

No, however, concepts with innovative and compelling storylines, and offer a fresh take on the Latino experience will be highly considered.
Latino Lens does not support short narrative concepts based upon stereotypes and/or storylines which portray Latinos in a negative light; must avoid including anything that is offensive to a specific race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or socioeconomic group; can not include any defamatory statements; anything which has already been submitted to other programs; completed projects already in post, streaming, or premiered; previously sold or optioned; cannot violate any local, state or federal laws; cannot violate or threaten any business, person, place or group.

Am I allowed to submit more than one project?

First, we encourage you to submit the strongest concept possible.
Second, if you are part of multiple submissions, we highly suggest you to hold a different role on another team’s project.


Do you accept late submissions?

Unfortunately, due to the nature of the submission and evaluation process, all submissions MUST be received by the deadline date.


What are the entry fees?

There's a $45 fee to apply. NALIP members get their fee waived.


When will I be notified about my submission status?

NALIP will notify applicants via e-mail no later than Feb. 16, 2018.


Are Non-English Language Entries allowed?

For the short narrative script must be submitted in English. If parts of the script are in Spanish, please provide English translation.

For the short un-scripted concept, your short can be in Spanish, however you will need English subtitles.

Are there any stipulations on how to produce the short if I am selected?

Participants will work with the Latino Lens and NALIP staff, crew and mentors to work out the best plan on how to produce the short film.
NALIP reserves the right to withhold portions of the support if, during a required update or review of the project, certain goals and guidelines previously set are not met.
It is required that each Latino Lens team have all consent, release forms, rights and permissions before moving to the next phase. If the team does not meet this requirement by the end of the pre-production period, then the team will be disqualified.
Selected finalists must provide a financial production report that details the costs and usage of the budget and account for all support. Grantees must also acknowledge NALIP and Latino Lens in the opening and end credits, all promotional material and publicity of the short film project.


Could the final project be disqualified?

Final projects may be subject to disqualification if NALIP reasonably believes there is third party content – not owned by the content creator – that may be the subject of copyright protection or for any other reason at Sponsor’s reasonable discretion. Content that may not be used without prior permission includes, but is not limited to photographic images downloaded from public sources; drawing or images; music of any kind that is not in the public domain (i.e., any music produced after 1926); and voice-over material. Contestant is solely responsible for securing permission to use any copyrighted material and may be required, upon request, to submit proof of ownership or license to NALIP.