Imagen Awards Student Short Film Competition

Deadline to Submit Extended to May 10, 2019!

The Imagen Foundation invites Latino college and high school students from all across the United States and Puerto Rico to submit their student films to the Imagen Awards Student Film Competition. This special competition is geared towards showcasing the best short films created by the young talent within our Latino community. Winners of the competition will have the opportunity to have their film screened at the 34th Annual Imagen Awards, in front of many of Hollywood’s movers and shakers!

Students will be able to enter in either the College or High School Competition.

Rules and Requirements

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

  • All content must be original, and must have been entirely made by either an individual college or high school student or by a group of college or high school students
  • Entrants under the age of 18 must have parental permission. A signature from a parent or legal guardian must accompany the submission form
  • Films can only be submitted in one of two categories: College Film Competition or High School Competition
  • Films must have been completed between August 28, 2017 and March 31, 2019
  • Films should be no less than 1 minute and no longer than 30 minutes long, including credits
  • Films completed outside of school, such as through an extracurricular or after-school program or club, are eligible so long as they meet all other requirements
  • All audio/film/graphic content must be original, copyright-free
  • All projects must be submitted in their final format

College Film Competition Requirements

  • Entrants must be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university in the United States or Puerto Rico
  • Film must have been completed while enrolled in college or university
  • First-year students who completed their film while in high school can only submit their film in the High School Film Competition

High School Film Competition Requirements

  • To be eligible for this category, entrants must be one of the following:
    • Currently enrolled in high school (9th to 12th grade) in the United States or Puerto Rico
    • A first-year college student who completed their film while in high school

Entry Procedures

The Imagen Awards Student Short Film Competition is open to all current college and high school students in the United States and Puerto Rico. To be considered in the competition, entrants must submit one full and complete online entry form along with an online link where the short film can be reviewed. Only one online entry form can be completed per entrant. The entry fee is $50USD for the College Competition and $25USD for the High School Competition, due upon entry submission. Entry fees are non-refundable.

Entries are accepted from April 1st to May 10th. Deadline to submit EXTENDED to May 10th at 11:59pm PDT.


The winning films will be screened at the 34th Annual Imagen Awards, which is attended by celebrities and some of Hollywood’s major industry players, as well as showcased on the Imagen Foundation website and social media.

In addition, the winners will receive:

  • College Competition: $500USD cash prize and one complimentary ticket to attend the 34th Annual Imagen Awards Gala in Los Angeles, CA. Please note that transportation to and from Los Angeles and accommodations are not included. 
  • High School Competition: $250USD cash prize

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 EXTENDED to May 10, 2019.


If you have any questions about the competition or encounter any issues when submitting online, please contact our office via email at or call (626) 376-9751.