FAQs/Frequently Asked Questions - LFF Grant Program

Do I have to be Latino to apply?
No. As long as your project aligns with our mission and presents a “unique and truthful portrayal of Latinos,” you can apply.

Will my budget affect my consideration for a grant?
No. Your budget doesn’t entirely affect your project’s consideration. The quality of your story and plan of execution does.

Does the applicant have to be the Writer and/or Director of the film?
No. We accept applications from Producers, and, in fact, we welcome them! In addition, the applicant can wear more than one hat (ie, Producer/Director/Editor).

What are the language requirements for the project I submit for a grant?
The LFF supports projects in all languages, yet we recommend all completed films include English subtitles to ensure a wider range of distribution opportunities. We also welcome the Video Pitch be delivered in languages other than English, yet we require it include English subtitles.

Please explain the film categories.
A feature is a film over 40 minutes once completed. A short is a film under 40 minutes once completed. A documentary film is a nonfiction motion picture dealing creatively with cultural, artistic, historical, social, scientific, economic or other subjects. It may be photographed in actual occurrence, or may employ partial reenactment, stock footage, stills, animation, stop-motion or other techniques, as long as the emphasis is on fact and not on fiction. A narrative film is a live-action film that tells a fictional story or a narrative. Narrative films are contrasted with documentaries.

How can I possibly pitch my film in less than 1 minute?
A strong logline is only two sentences long. Follow the logline with four or five sentences on what makes your film Latino and how your film is perfect for the LFF Seed Grant Program.

What are references?
References are individuals that will vouch for you, either personally or professionally. Do not include your Mom's phone number, thank you.

Can I submit a project based on another writer's material?
Yes, you can, as well as submit a story based on a person's life, but ONLY if you submit proof of rights to the material or a copy of a signed and legal option agreement.

How many copies of everything do I send?
We request a total of 2 copies of the entire application, which includes the signed LFF application, and supporting visual material and written material.

Do I get my materials back?
The LFF will keep all materials submitted. We will only send materials back if you provide a pre-paid and addressed return envelope with your submission.

How do I send it?
Please protect your submission from damage, including bubble wrap on your DVD or a cardboard envelope. We accept mailings both requiring and not requiring signature. Just make sure your submission is postmarked by the due date. No exceptions.

If my screenplay needs a revision, should I leave it out of my submission packet?
No. We love screenplays, in all stages of development. Including your treatment, work-in progress or polished screenplay helps us learn more about your project.

Why am I giving the LFF rights to use my image?
The LFF promotes its grant recipients. We want the option to promote you and your passion for filmmaking to our community.

Should I email the LFF to check on my application?
We will contact you once your application is received. Additionally, we will contact you once a decision is made regarding your submission. All applicants will know the status of their submission by September 3, 2012.

When will the grant winner be announced?
The 2012 LFF Seed Grant recipient(s) will be announced around mid-September 2012.