Call for Applications

Be part of the 22nd VLAFF Youth Jury!
Deadline to Apply: Saturday, June 1

Youth from across BC and Latin America between the ages of 18 – 30 are invited to be part of a youth-run film jury at the
22nd Vancouver Latin American Film Festival
September 5 – 15, 2024

Please note we are also accepting applications from Latin American students outside of BC who are currently attending a film school.  

The Youth Jury will choose one film out of seven feature-length films by new directors, and present the Youth Choice Award for Best New Director at the Closing Ceremony on September 15 (either in-person or virtually).

Jury Members will be recognized on VLAFF’s website and will receive a full Festival Pass (for those in Canada) or online access to the New Directors section (for those in Latin America). The members of the jury must make a commitment to:

  • Attend a hybrid orientation session with the Youth Jury Coordinator August 23, 2024
  • Attend a “Film Critique and Jury Deliberation” workshop on August 23, 2024
  • Watch each of the seven films in the New Directors Competition
  • Attend and participate in virtually recorded Q&As with our New Directors prior to the festival (to take place August 26-29 in the evenings, Pacific Standard Time). Take a look at past dialogues at VLAFFTV on YouTube
  • Attend a two-hour hybrid deliberation on August 30 to make the selection of the winning film
  • Maintain all information and films private 

Applicants must be between 18 and 30 years of age inclusive.

NOTE: if you live in Vancouver, you will be expected to be present at the festival as much as you can; we hope you can bring your communities out to the festival and enjoy with everybody. We want to ensure that everyone in the Jury is enjoying their time and getting the most out of this experience.


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Ana Tonso, Youth Jury Coordinator, at 

We look forward to meeting you!! 


The 2023 Youth Jury awarding the Best New Director at #VLAFF21