3rd Annual Imagen Awards
College Student Film Competition

The Imagen Foundation invites Latinx college students from across the United States and Puerto Rico to submit their student films to the 3rd Annual Imagen Awards Student Film Competition. This special competition is geared towards showcasing the best short films created by the young talent within our Latinx community.

The Imagen Foundation will award student films as follows:

  • 1st Place: $1,000 cash prize
  • 2nd Place: $500 cash prize
  • 3rd Place: $250 cash prize

Submitted films will be judged by entertainment industry creatives and executives, who will determine the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place winners.

Rules and Requirements

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

  • All content must be original and copyright-free. This includes the writing, audio, graphics, and any other element used to produce the film.
  • The film must have been entirely created by either an individual college student or by a group of college students.
  • Films must have been produced by a Latinx student.
  • Entrants under the age of 18 must have parental permission to submit. A signature from a parent or legal guardian must accompany the submission form.
  • Films must have been completed between April 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021.
  • Films should be no less than 1 minute in length 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 projects must be submitted in their final format.
  • Entrants must be enrolled in an accredited college or university in the United States or Puerto Rico or have been part of the graduating class of 2021.
  • Film must have been completed while enrolled in an accredited college, community college, or university.

Entry Procedures & Fees

The Imagen Awards Student Film Competition is open to all current college students or 2021 graduates. 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 due upon entry submission. Entry fees are non-refundable.

The submission period ends September 15, 2021.


The Imagen Foundation will award student films as follows:

  • 1st Place: $1,000 cash prize
  • 2nd Place: $500 cash prize
  • 3rd Place: $250 cash prize

In addition, the 1st Place winner will receive an Imagen Awards statue. The 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive award certificates acknowledging their accomplishments. The winning films will also be showcased on the Imagen Foundation website and social media.

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 September 15, 2021.


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