Calling all artists and graphic designers!

The San Diego Latino Film Festival is now accepting entries for our 2015 SDLFF Poster Competition. This is your opportunity to be a part of our festival’s history! We are looking for submissions from artists from all over the world. Check out the details below:

Media Arts Center San Diego will be presenting the 21st Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival (SDLFF), March 12-22, 2014. 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. Artists and Designers are encouraged to submit work for the Film Festival Poster Competition by December 1, 2014.

Late submissions will NOT be accepted.

Who can participate?:
Every artist, photographer, graphic designer, painter, etc…With whatever canvas pleases the artist.


The competition is open to all artists and graphic designers. All submissions must be received by the deadline of November 29, 2013 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.

Things that we are looking for in a winning poster.
1. Aesthetics and transcendence. The poster has to be better and better every year, so we are expecting a winning poster that can transcend.
2. Functionality. The Art has to be functional in every scenario, because the art or elements of it will be used for animation, PR/Marketing, internet graphics (i.e. bullet icons, etc) and physical items such as posters (of course!) program booklets, and other physical marketing materials.
3. Symbology. Should be related with the region of San Diego, should embrace all of the latino cultures, (not only one), has to be related to cinema, and here are the big themes to think about:

A) Film as an act of dissent

B) Rebellion


Click here to see last year’s finalists.


How to enter?
Send your file to ian@mediaartscenter.org preferably through wetransfer.com so you can send large files.

The Format of entry:

Digital Format in in JPG format. on size 11×17 at 300dpi. RGB
with the Name at the beginning followed by the name of the poster.
the email should contain a brief description of the work.

In addition, if you make it past the preliminary round of entries:
Digital Format 11×17 at 300dpi on CMYK.

What will the selection process look like?
The Selection Process will comprise of the following percentages: 70% regional, 20% international Judges, and 10% fan selection on Facebook.
We are going to select 10 finalists, (that will win 2 tickets for the event or a movie) and then after further deliberation we will select one artist who will get $1000.00 and an artist spotlight at the San Diego Latino Film Festival.

When will winners be notified?
Finalists will be notified no later than December 18, the winner will be determined by Dec. 22.

And if you are the winner!
We need the full art in its original file (adobe photoshop in layers or In vectors in case of Illustrator, as well the font that was use in the same document. If the font was created, our team will handle the best way to use another typography that goes accordingly to the art.

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 Festival 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 2015 in San Diego, CA. All posters that advance to the final round will be exhibited during the 2015 San Diego Latino Film Festival, March 12-22, 2014.

Send submission via wetransfer.com to

Ian Virgilio
Marketing/PR Associate
San Diego Latino Film Festival

For further information, please contact Media Arts Center San Diego at (619) 230-1938 or email Ian Virgilio |  ian@mediaartscenter.org