HBO Max Amplifies LatinX Voices


Warner Media and HBO Max have announced an expansion of their Latino Short Film Competition, partnering with six festivals across the US in order to elevate diverse voices on HBO Max’s streaming app.

From the Warner Press Release:

This year, the competition will seek films that explore the theme of “Community” from the unique perspective of a Latino American cinematic storyteller. Candidates interested in participating in the competition can enter via any of the six festivals listed below. The competition will culminate with seven winning films, which HBO Max and WarnerMedia OneFifty will license to premiere on the platform at a later date. Participating film festivals include:

  • Georgia Latino Film Festival
  • Houston Latino Film Festival
  • Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF)
  • Miami Film Festival
  • New York Latino Film Festival (NYLFF)
  • Philadelphia Latino Film Festival

See Official Rules for complete details at The competition is open to Latino/a/x filmmakers (writers, directors or producers) who are legal residents of the 50 U.S./DC or PR 18+ (19+ in AL & NE, 21+ in MS). Submission ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on 5/2/2022.

Previous winners of the HBO Latino Short Film Competition films including: “Slipping Into Darkness,” “La Serenata,” “Pepito,” “1,2,3 All Eyes On Me,” “Rizo,” and “Princess Cut,” are currently available to stream on HBO Max. This month, HBO Max has added the the 2021 winners:

Crabs in a Barrel
Director: Michael León
Writers: Ashley Alvarez, Michael León
Summary: A jaded writer discovers that she has been robbed of her career-changing opportunity while attending her frenemy’s congratulatory event.



Mi Casa
Director: Kristina Arjona
Writer: Jocelyn Rick
Summary: Two sisters have been trapped haunting their former home for over a century. When a new young man moves in and tries to communicate with them through an ouija board, the sisters are at odds on how to proceed.



When You Clean a Stranger’s Home
Director / Writer: Sharon Arteaga
Summary: A first-generation high school student describes what she and her mom learn about people when cleaning their homes for a living. House decor and items left around convey a privilege that unveils her imagination, jealousy, and frustrations.


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