Filmmaker Danny Hastings created the Festival in 2015 in response to the lack of Latino representation in Hollywood films and TV shows. Our mission is to showcase, nurture, and support the emerging creative American Latino filmmaker in the United States as well as supporting films and filmmakers that showcase our true American Diversity by inclusivity in their films.
This year’s theme is “The Awakening of the Sleeping Giant”. For many years Latinx Filmmakers and Filmmakers of Color have been writing, directing, producing short films here in the U.S.A., that for whatever reason struggled to get any type of attention or recognition. Our actors usually get the one or two lines and most of them just get the supporting roles to the supporting actors in a film. This year more than ever, we are thirsty to see more diverse projects and we are doing it ourselves. No longer are we waiting for “the powers that be” to tell our stories. We are the powers that Be.
We want to see the Female Hero/Shero, the African American Excellence, The Latina Doctor, The Latino Family Man or Good Guy. We are tired of Stereotypes, its 2018 are we are not having any of that non-sense anymore from writers, directors and producers who only see people of color as a menace to society or housekeeping help. We want to see films that change the narrative. At the Official Latino Short Film Festival we intent to focus on inclusivity and diversity and bring that awareness as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with our brothers and sisters of Film from all different backgrounds .
Another Big Important detail is that we take films that have been produced from January 1, 2016 to July 2018. So if you have a film that started collecting dust, for a year or two, send it our way, it might have a chance to still get in.