Last year our documentary short “Hombre Vs Meteorito” (Man vs. Meteorite) was selected to participate in SLAFF and we wanted to pass on the news that the competition is now accepting entries. It’s a great festival because it shows films to the large Argentine/Chilean immigrant community in Sydney, Australia and also values films that are crowd pleasers over “art-house” fare. Read below to see how your film can enter!

The Sydney Latin American Film Festival (SLAFF) is pleased to inform you that their call for entries for the 5th Sydney Latin American Film Festival is now open. The deadline for submissions is 30 April 2010.

The 5th Sydney Latin American Film Festival will take place in Sydney, Australia between the 1st and the 19th of September and once again this year will recognise the Best Feature Film, Best Documentary and Best Short as voted by our audiences with cash prizes. The Festival will also once again feature Australian-based films in a local filmmakers’ session and present the prestigious the local filmmaker award and accompanying prize.

2009 Audience Award winners were:

Feature Film: Pachamama, Toshifumi Matsushita – $1500 cash prize

Documentary Film: The Circle (El Circulo) – José Pedro Charlo & Aldo Garay – $1000 cash prize

Short film: La Oroya: Full Metal Air (La Oroya: Aire Metálico. Respirando contaminación y promesas), Alvaro Sarmiento Pagan – $500 cash prize

Local Filmmaker Award: Amanecer, Alvaro Ruiz – $3000 prize

Films must be contemporary Latin American or International and related to Latin America in terms of content, production or co-production. This includes feature films, documentaries, animations, shorts and videos produced in the last 2 years. Films that have already screened in Sydney, Australia are not eligible to enter. We have had the pleasure of guest filmmakers such as Juan Carlos Cremata (Cuba), Jorge Carmona (Peru), Juan Fischer (Colombia), Mauricio Arriagada (Chile), Vinicius Reis and Gisela Camara (Brazil) who all presented their films.

Aa not-for-profit community organisation, proceeds from the Festival are directed back into Latin American community organizations through our Community Support Program.

Submissions can be made until 30 April 2010 using the online submission system on the festival website: All instructions and forms are available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.


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