New Directors 2021

The Call for Submissions for the 19th Vancouver Latin American Film Festival, August 26 – September 5, 2021, opens on February 15, 2021.

Submission Guidelines:
 NEW DIRECTORS COMPETITION

  • First or second feature-length films by Latin American directors 
  • Fiction, documentary, animation, experimental, hybrid
  • Running time: 60 minutes and longer
  • Year: 2020-2021
  • Earlybird Deadline: Monday, March 15, 2021
  • Final Deadline: Friday, April 30, 2021

Procedure:


  1. Register and complete the online application via FILM FREEWAY.
  2. Submit an electronic link with English subtitles.
  3. Pay the $10/$15 (CAD) submission fee.

If you have any questions, please write to us at: programming(at)vlaff.org

Selection Process:

The Programming Committee will review all films and select the films for competition. The selected films will be announced on VLAFF’s website in mid-July 2021. Due to the volume of submissions that we receive, only the directors who are selected will be contacted.

Selected Films:


Exhibition copies in DCP with English subtitles must be sent to the VLAFF office by Friday, July 30, 2021. Filmmakers will be responsible for the cost of shipping. If requested, VLAFF will cover the cost of return shipping after the festival.

Jury:


The Jury will be composed of film industry and media arts professionals. They will select the winner of the Best New Director Award with a cash prize of $650 (CAD).

Youth Jury:


The Youth Jury will select the Youth Choice Award for Best New Director. The Youth Jury will be composed of 15-25 youth (ages 18-30) from across the Lower Mainland.

Prize:


Best New Director Awards:

2020 Best New Director: Things We Dare Not Do (Cosas que no hacemos) (dir. Bruno Santamaría)
2020 Jury Special Mention: Fendas (dir. Carlos Segundo)
2020 Youth Jury Award: Fendas (dir. Carlos Segundo)

2019 Youth Jury Award: Los Silencios (dir. Beatriz Seigner | Brazil/Colombia)

2018 Youth Jury Award: Retablo (dir. Alvaro Delgado Aparicio | Peru)

2017 Youth Jury Award: Panamerican Machinery (Maquinaria panamericana) (dir. Joaquín del Paso | Mexico)
2017 Youth Jury Special Mention: Bad Influence (Mala junta) (dir. Claudia Huaiquimilla | Chile)

2016 Youth Jury Award: Ixcanul (dir: Jayro Bustamante | Guatemala)

2015 Best New Director Award: Juan Martín Hsu for La Salada
2015 Special Jury Mention: Héctor Gálvez for NN2015 
2015 Youth Jury Award: I Stay With You (Me quedo contigo) (dir. Artemio Narro | Mexico)

2014 Best New Director Award: Manolo Nieto for The Militant (El lugar del hijo)
2014 Special Jury Mention: José Luis Valle for Workers
2014 Youth Jury Award: The Quispe Girls (Las niñas Quispe) (dir. Sebastián Sepúlveda | Chile)

El Vancouver Latin American Film Festival está recibiendo largometrajes para la sección en competencia Nuevos Directores. La edición número 19 del festival se llevará a cabo del 26 de agosto al 5 de septiembre del 2021.

Lineamientos de la convocatoria:


  • Se aceptan trabajos de ficción que incluyan temática latinoamericana.
  • Directores que hayan realizado un máximo de dos largometrajes de ficción.
  • Duración mínima: 60 minutos
  • Año: 2020-2021
  • Fecha límite de registro: El viernes, 30 de abril, 2021

Proceso de Selección:

El comité de programación de largometrajes revisará todos los trabajos que se hayan inscrito. Los trabajos seleccionados serán anunciados en el sitio web del festival a mediados de julio del 2021. Debido al número de trabajos que recibimos, solamente los directores seleccionados serán contactados.

Largometrajes Seleccionados:


La copia de exhibición en formato DCP deberá ser enviada a la oficina del festival antes del 31 de julio. Los directores cubrirán el costo del envío. El festival cubrirá el regreso de la copia.