Canada Looks South 2018

The Call for Submissions for the 16th Vancouver Latin American Film Festival, August 23 - September 2, 2018, opens on February 15, 2018.

Canada Looks South is a special section of the festival that showcases the work of Latin-Canadian, Canadian, and Indigenous filmmakers.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Fiction and documentary feature-length and short films with Latin American content
  • Made by independent Canadian/Latin-Canadian/Indigenous filmmakers
  • Running time: all lengths accepted
  • Year: 2016-2018
  • Earlybird Deadline: Thursday, March 15, 2018
  • Final Deadline: Monday, April 30, 2018


  1. Complete the online submission form at FILM FREEWAY.
  2. Submit an electronic link with English subtitles (if applicable).
  3. Pay the submission fee $6 USD (earlybird) or $9 USD (standard).

If you have any questions, please write to us at:

Selection Process:

The Programming Committee will review all films. The selected films will be announced on VLAFF's website in mid July 2018. Due to the volume of submissions that we receive, only the directors who are selected will be contacted.

Selected Films:

Exhibition copies in Blu-ray or DCP with English subtitles must be sent to the VLAFF office by Friday, August 3, 2018. Filmmakers will be responsible for the cost of shipping. If requested, VLAFF will cover the cost of return shipping after the festival.


Thank you for your interest in the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival!