Imagen Awards Short Films & Web Series Competition 2017-07-09T01:16:52+00:00

Objective & Invitation

The Imagen Foundation seeks to recognize and reward positive portrayals of Latinos in all forms of media. Content creators, filmmakers, and students are invited to submit their short films, student films, and web series to the Imagen Awards Short Films & Web Series Competition. This special competition is geared towards showcasing the best of short form content created by or featuring talent from our Latino community or that touches on Latino themes/subject matter.

Eligibility Requirements

Please read the eligibility requirements below carefully to ensure that your film or program qualifies for this competition.

  • All content must have first been released online or participated in a U.S. film festival between May 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017.
  • Short and student films and web series that have been submitted for consideration previously in the Imagen Awards are not eligible.
  • Content must meet at least one of the following:
    1. Portray Latinos and/or the Latino culture in an authentic and accurate manner
    2. Demonstrate outstanding creative achievement by Latinos
    3. Serve to provide a better understanding of Latinos cultures, communities, or issues
  • All content must be produced and/or distributed in the United States
  • Student filmmakers are eligible to submit content in any of the categories so long as the content meets that category’s qualifications.
  • Each entry must include either a link or a DVD where the film or series can be screened.
  • Short and student films and web series must be submitted in their final format.

2016 Winners

Entry Procedures

The Imagen Awards Short Films & Web Series Competition is open to all filmmakers, students, and content creators whose work was released between May 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017. To be considered in the competition, entrant must submit one full and complete online entry form for each qualifying entry along with an online link where the film or series can be reviewed.  You also have the option of mailing in a DVD instead of a link, but the entry form must be completed online. One online entry form must be completed per category. The entry fee is $75USD per entry per category and is due upon entry submission. Entry fees are non-refundable.

If you are submitting a DVD, please mail the DVD and email confirmation of your submission to:

Imagen Awards Short/Student Film & Web Series Competition
18034 Ventura Blvd. #261
Encino, CA 91316

The call for entries period is open from June 1 through June 30, 2017. The deadline to submit is June 30, 2017.


Eligible films and programs can be submitted in one of the following categories.

  • Short Film: Short films with a max length of 30 minutes.
  • Student Film: Short film with a max length of 30 minutes.
  • Web Series: Series that is created by or features Latino talent. Each episode can be no longer than 10 minutes. A minimum of 2 episodes must be submitted for consideration.

How to Submit

All submissions must be made online. Click here to go to the entry form. All required fields in the form must be filled out and the entry fee paid upon submitting. Deadline to submit is June 30, 2017.

Finalists & Voting

Submissions will be reviewed by panels of distinguished entertainment industry executives and Latino community leaders to select the Finalists in each category. Finalists will be announced in mid-July.

Winners in each category will be selected through public voting on the Imagen Foundation website, which will start immediately once the finalists are announced. Finalists will be encouraged to engage their social media followers to vote in the competition.

Winners Announcement

Winners of the competition will be announced on or about August 1, 2017 and will be provided with one ticket to attend the 32nd Annual Imagen Awards on Friday, August 18 at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills. Please note that transportation to and from Beverly Hills and accommodations are not included. Winners will be responsible for their own travel arrangements.


If you have any questions about the competition or encounter any issues when submitting online, please contact Yanira Leon at