Categories

Entries may qualify in the following categories:

Film

  • Best Feature Film: Feature length film released or exhibited at a U.S. film festival, theatrically, or by a streaming/subscription service or cable channel.
  • Best Director – Feature Film: For outstanding direction of a film with a focus on Latino themes or characters and/or a director of Latino descent.
  • Best Actor – Feature Film: Actor of Latino descent and/or portraying a Latino character in a lead or supporting role in a feature film. The supporting cast member in a film must appear a minimum of 5% of the total film run time.
  • Best Actress – Feature Film:Actress of Latino descent and/or portraying a Latino character in a lead or supporting role in a feature film. The supporting cast member in a film must appear a minimum of 5% of the total film run time.
  • Best Short Film: Short films with a max length of 30 minutes. All short films must be submitted in their final format. A special reduced fee of $100 per entry applies only to this category.

Informational

  • Best Documentary*: Long format (minimum 30 minutes in length) non-fiction program/series produced for film, television, or streaming/subscription service focused on the Latino community or a Latino theme.
  • Best Informational Program: Local or national news stories or news specials (non-documentary) focused on the Latino community or a Latino theme. Individual news segments or compilation of news segments can be submitted.
  • Best Commercial Advertisement or Social Awareness Campaign: Public service announcements, promotional campaigns, and commercials geared toward a Latino audience originally aired or transmitted on a network, cable, or streaming/subscription service.

Television

  • Best Primetime Program: Must have originally aired or transmitted on a major network, cable network, or streaming/subscription service.
    • Drama: Programs can be either half-hour or full-hour format and includes limited series programs.
    • Comedy: Programs can be either half-hour or full-hour format and includes limited series programs.
    • Specials & Television Movies: Programs can be either one-time specials or movies made for television or streaming/subscription services.
  • Best Director: For outstanding direction of a comedy, drama, variety, limited series, or movie for television or a streaming service. Director must be of Latino descent
  • Best Youth Programming: Programming with Latino characters or themes aimed at children under the age of 12. 
  • Best Young Adult Programming: Programming with Latino characters or themes aimed at children over the age of 12. 
  • Best Variety or Reality Show: For programs or series composed of musical acts, comedic acts, sketches, or unscripted content.

Television Performances

  • Best Actor – Drama: Actor of Latino descent and/or portraying a Latino character in a main role with a significant storyline where the overall tone of the program is dramatic.
  • Best Actress – Drama: Actress of Latino descent and/or portraying a Latino character in a main role with a significant storyline where the overall tone of the program is dramatic.
  • Best Supporting Actor – Drama: Actor of Latino descent and/or portraying a Latino character in a supporting role where the overall tone of the program is dramatic. The supporting cast member in a program must appear a minimum of 5% of the total program run time.
  • Best Supporting Actress – Drama: Actress of Latino descent and/or portraying a Latino character in a supporting role where the overall tone of the program is dramatic. The supporting cast member in a program must appear a minimum of 5% of the total program run time.
  • Best Actor – Comedy: Actor of Latino descent and/or portraying a Latino character in a main role with a significant storyline where the overall tone of the program is comedic.
  • Best Actress – Comedy: Actress of Latino descent and/or portraying a Latino character in a main role with a significant storyline where the overall tone of the program is comedic.
  • Best Supporting Actor – Comedy: Actor of Latino descent and/or portraying a Latino character in a supporting role where the overall tone of the program is comedic. The supporting cast member in a program must appear a minimum of 5% of the total program run time.
  • Best Supporting Actress – Comedy: Actress of Latino descent and/or portraying a Latino character in a supporting role where the overall tone of the program is comedic. The supporting cast member in a program must appear a minimum of 5% of the total program run time.
  • Best Voice-Over Actor: For voice-only performance by an actor/actress where a character is portrayed no matter how the visual is produced.
  • Best Young Actor: Female or male actor under the age of 18 in a main or supporting role

Music

  • Best Music Composition for Film or Television: For outstanding original music composition by music composer of Latin descent, and/or for a Latin-themed project.
  • Best Music Supervision for Film or Television: For outstanding original music supervision for a Latin-themed project, and/or by a music supervisor of Latin descent.

* Independent documentary producers are eligible for the $150 fee only in the documentary category. Independent feature film productions do not qualify for this fee.

Entry Submission Requirements

The following guidelines apply to both the PDF and Online Entry Form:

  • Entry Form: Fill out one (1) entry form per category submission. For example, if you are submitting one production in multiple categories, i.e. Best Picture, Best Actor, each category needs to have its own entry form. Select only one category per form.
  • Primary Contact:
  • The Primary Contact will be the main point of contact for all matters related to the submission. The Imagen Foundation will inform the Primary Contact listed on the entry form of nomination. The Primary Contact agrees to notify the nominee(s) and to provide the Imagen Foundation with contact information for each nominee or the nominee’s representative.
  • If nominated, nominees will be listed as described on the official Imagen Awards entry form. The accuracy of the information provided on the entry form is the responsibility of the submitter and is not the responsibility of the Imagen Foundation.
  • For Television Series/Programs & Television Acting Categories: Select ONE episode that aired during the qualification period that best represents the series and/or talent that you are submitting for consideration.
  • For Actor Submissions:
    • Headshot & Resume: You MUST include a headshot and resume (IMDB printout is acceptable) and the name of the character on the Entry Form.
    • For an actor in a television program/series, please select one episode that best showcases the actor’s character and talent. A DVD/Blu-ray or online screener to the full episode must be included with the submission.
    • Description: Include a short description on the actor’s character and role.
  • For Music Submissions: Include the final cue sheet for the project and a brief description of the candidate’s involvement in the project, along with a screener of the project
  • Synopsis: A brief written summary describing the entry and episode (if applicable) must be included with the Entry Form to be considered. If submitting in a Performance or Music category, include a description of the candidate’s involvement and/or role.
  • Broadcast Network/Service, Production, and Distribution Company: The companies named under Broadcast Network/Service and Production/Distribution Companies in the Production Information section, will be listed next to the name of the nominated program. Make sure to write in the companies exactly as they should appear, in the event the production is nominated. The submitter needs to ensure to provide accurate information regarding network, production, and distribution companies.
  • Online Screener: An online screener or file download link is required for all entries. Links for online screeners must be active and accessible through September 15, 2021. Links and any viewing instructions should be included with the Entry Synopsis. In the event we have difficulties with your links, we will make our best efforts to inform the Primary Contact listed on the entry form as soon as possible. Physical DVDs or Blu-Rays will not be accepted.
  • Signed Waiver & Release: The Waiver and Release is located on the bottom of the Entry Form. Each Entry Form must be signed in order to be considered for the Imagen Awards. If you have questions regarding the Waiver & Release, please email Yanira Leon at yani@imagen.org.
  • Payment: Each entry must include the appropriate payment for the category. Payment can be made via check (made out to “Imagen Foundation”), by credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express accepted) using the attached Credit Card Authorization Form, or online at www.imagen.org/awards. If your company requires an invoice, please contact us at awards@imagen.org.  Entries submitted with a personal check must be received two weeks before the submission deadline. All fees must be paid by the Call for Entries deadline or your entry will be disqualified.
  • Nominees Announcement: Nominees will be listed as described on the official Imagen Awards entry form. The accuracy of the information provided on the entry form is the responsibility of the submitter and is not the responsibility of the Imagen Foundation. Please ensure that all information is accurate before submitting.

All requirements must be fulfilled to be considered for the Imagen Awards.

Where to Submit

ONLINE: The Online Entry Form submission form is available here. Carefully read the Online Entry Form Guidelines to ensure that your entry is properly submitted and processed.

EMAILED ENTRIES: Download the PDF Entry Guidelines and Form. On page 10 of the packet you will find the PDF Entry Form. Email the completed form, along with the Credit Card Authorization or invoice request to awards@imagen.org. All required materials must accompany your PDF Entry Form for your submission to be processed.

MAILED-IN ENTRIES: You may print and complete the PDF Entry Form on page 10 of this packet. Mailed-in entry forms must also include online screener information. No physical DVDs or Blu-Rays will be accepted. Mail or send via messenger your completed form and all required materials to:

Imagen Awards Consideration Committee
18034 Ventura Blvd., #261
Encino, CA 91316

Deadline

Deadline to submit to the Imagen Awards Competition is May 1, 2021.

Questions about the Imagen Awards

If you have any questions regarding the Imagen Awards that are not answered in this document, please contact the Imagen Foundation by phone at (626) 376-9751 or by email at awards@imagen.org.