ShortsHD Hispanic Heritage Foundation



Hispanic Heritage Short Film Award

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the filmmaker have to be Hispanic?

A: At least the producer, director or writer must be Hispanic.

Does the subject matter have to do with Hispanics or Latinos?

A: No. You may submit any storyline or genre appropriate for the competition.

When will I know if I have won?

A: The final 5 films will be announced and posted on our website on September 1st, 2016. The five finalists will be contacted directly.

What is your contact information?

A: Email: Phone: 310-452-1400, 2716 Ocean Park Blvd, Suite 1091, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Will I get a TV License Deal?

A: Each and every film submission will be reviewed for the possibility of a paid TV broadcast license agreement on ShortsHD under its standard terms and conditions. However, only the five (5) finalists will be guaranteed a TV license deal for consideration.

Is there a fee to enter?

A: No. There is no fee to enter the competition. If the filmmaker incurs a fee during delivery (i.e. US mail, etc.) or upload (i.e. broadband fees from personal providers, etc.), then those are not covered. Neither ShortsHD nor the Hispanic Heritage Foundation will charge an entry fee.

What’s required to receive a prize?

A: Clearance paperwork for your film in forms acceptable to us in order to be considered for any prize. In addition, a script and still images of the short must be submitted.

May I use still photographs in the film?

A: Still photographs are permitted, provided that the entrant has the rights to them.

How many films may I enter?

A: There is no limit of entries per person. Each entry must be substantially different from any other entry submitted by one given entrant.

How long is a short film?

A: The finished film must be a minimum of two (2) minutes in duration and a maximum of forty (40) minutes in duration—including credits.

Will any “type” or “genre” be accepted?

A: Yes, however the film submission may not be pornographic in nature or inappropriate for a TV audience (Mature TV is acceptable).

What happens to my film after submission?

A: All films are reviewed and categorized for voting. You will be notified that the submission has been accepted. The five (5) finalists will be notified by September 1st and best efforts will be made by ShortsHD to contact all filmmakers entered to advise them on their film’s status.

Does the film have to be in English?

A: The film may either be in English (with or without Spanish Subtitles) or in Spanish with English subtitles.

Are there any music restrictions?

A: Song parodies (i.e., use of identifiable pre-existing compositions with new or altered lyrics or music) may not be included in the film without a signed release from the composition’s rights holder. This rule applies without regard to whether the song parody arguably constitutes "fair use" under US or international copyright laws. All music must be cleared for usage in the film.

Can any film be submitted?

A: Yes, the film is allowed to have been made any year provided the final media is in High Definition (720 or 1080 lines of resolution).

Can previously made films be entered?

A: Yes, the production can be from any year previous or current provided it meets the High Definition requirements.

May I use animation, special effects or stock footage?

A: Animation and special effects are permitted (stock footage as part of a special effect in a third party special effects program is permissible).

The Finalists

In the Clouds

(En Las Nubes)

Marcelo Mitnik - Writer/Director

Los Angeles

Blast Beat

(Blast Beat)

Esteban Arango - Director

Los Angeles

Happy Birthday

(Feliz Cumpleaños)

Carlos Mendoza Guillén - Director

Monterrey, Mexico



Francisco Lorite - Writer/Director

Los Angeles

The Fare

(Le Viaje)

Santiago Paladines - Writer/Director

Los Angeles

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