The theme is ‘’Crear en Libertad’’ – ‘’Finding freedom through creation’’. Addressing the extraordinary times we are living through now, the contest is intended to offer a space to explore how artists are still creating art during these very restricted times that we have never seen before in our generation in Canada.


  • Shorts made by independent Latin-Canadian filmmakers or Canadian filmmakers engaging Latin American themes or content
  • Maximum running time: 5 minutes
  • Ages 18+
  • Experimental, narrative, documentary or animation
  • Created during the COVID-19 emergency period* 

DEADLINE: Extended to Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Submissions are FREE! Submit your short through the VLAFF section “CREAR EN LIBERTAD: SHORT FILM CONTEST” on FilmFreeway:

A selection of the submitted films will be screened online during the 18th Vancouver Latin American Film Festival, August 27 – September 6, 2020.

The winning film will receive a cash prize of $300 CAD (Three hundred) 

*All projects must be created while adhering strictly to the social distancing, travel restrictions and health guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19 set forth by the Public Health Agency of Canada and the specific guidelines from your home Province or Territory: