Latino Lens FAQ

No; however, short narrative concepts with complex lead characters, 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.

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


There is no entry fee for initial profile and concept submission; however, you must be a NALIP member to submit.

$55 USD if you are invited to apply for second round.

Between 50 to 75 will be encouraged to apply to the second round.


NALIP reserves the right to exclude any submission that it believes, in its sole discretion, doesn’t meet the above criteria or for any other reason at NALIP’s reasonable discretion.

NALIP cannot offer personalized feedback or legal advice.

The questions listed below are for the second round of Latino Lens.

If invited, you will receive an email confirmation with a list of all the materials and information needed for your participation in the Second Round.  

Your second round application will not be considered.

All submissions will be considered.


We will only consider original short narrative concepts.


We highly encourage the submission of supporting materials. Materials should enhance an entry and provide additional evidence to aid the evaluation committee in its deliberations. Any corrections or retractions following the original submission should be noted on the entry form.


Yes. First round will be a short narrative concept in logline format.

If invited to apply for the Second round, we will only consider short narrative scripts between three (3) and ten (10) pages.

For the first round, short narrative concept in logline format must be submitted in English.

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

No, we will be unable to return any of your submitted materials.

Tuesday, March 6th 2018 at 11:59pm. 



All rounds of evaluation will be conducted by a selection of qualified industry professionals. The identity of these committee members will remain anonymous.


If your project progressed to the second round, pre-production or beyond, we will request a budget summary, top-sheet or complete breakdown from you. An actual or estimated budget top-sheet is preferred, and the more detailed a budget you can provide, the better. These allow NALIP staff and the Latino Lens Committee to better evaluate your project and the strength of your plans for seeing it realized.

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.

Final short narrative projects must not have had a theatrical release, US broadcast airing or be available for online viewing prior to the premiere event at the Latino Media Festival on fall of 2018 in Los Angeles, CA.

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.

Latino Media Festival on fall of 2018 in Los Angeles, CA.