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Attention filmmakers! Apply and participate in Santiago Wild 2024: Rules available

The first Wildlife and Environment Film Festival in Latin America, organized by Ladera Sur with the support of Jackson Wild, National Geographic and Explora.

In its fourth version, we invite filmmakers to submit their audiovisual productions in the categories “New Latin American Voices” and “Latin America from the eyes of the world”, in the subcategories of micro-films, short films and feature films.

Here we share the bases of the categories to which it is possible to apply.

By applying, each participant is competing for the opportunity to exhibit their films at this festival, to be held between May 9 and 23, 2024.

This year the Santiago Wild Festival will have for the first time two categories:

1.- “New Latin American Voices”

This is a competition that invites all Latin American talents to apply with their wildlife and environmental productions filmed around the world. 

This competition has tree subcategories: micro documentary, short and long forms. 

Prizes will be awarded to the winners of the micro documentary, short and long form subcategories. 

The films must have been made by Latin Americans.

2.- “Latin America through the eyes of the world”.

This is a mention that invites talents from all over the world to apply with their wildlife and environmental productions, filmed in Latin America. 

This mention has three subcategories: micro documentary, short and long forms.

Recognition will be given to outstanding productions in the subcategories of micro documentary, short and long forms.  

To participate in either of the two categories:

  • Participants will have until March 17, 2024, to apply and finalists will be announced during the month of April 2024, through Film Free Way and our social media.
  • Productions must be limited to wildlife, environmental and community themes only.

What is meant by “wildlife”? 

  • All subjects that relate to the flora, fauna, fungi and other organisms that inhabit the Earth.
  • It includes films that tell stories about wildlife species, natural ecosystems and, ultimately, biotic (living) and abiotic (non-living) factors that are part of our planet.

What is meant by “environment and communities”? 

  • Themes that revolve around the environmental contingency and human actions that impact biodiversity or the planet to varying degrees, either positively or negatively. Phenomena such as the climate crisis, global change, national and/or local socio-environmental conflicts, and threats to specific species or ecosystems are some examples. 
  • Initiatives that seek to conserve, recover and/or restore some component of nature (such as an endangered species or ecosystem), or generate environmental awareness. 
  • Productions that address the relationship between humans and their environment, focusing on health, psychological, reflections and learning, among other issues. For example, healing through nature, forest baths and healing, etc. 
  • Works that cover the relationship of communities and native peoples with nature.

What is a micro documentary? It is an audiovisual production from 2 to 7 minutes.

What is a short film? It is an audiovisual production from 7 to 25 minutes.

What is a long film? It is an audiovisual production from 26 to 90 minutes.

  • Films may have brand sponsorships. However, the use of brand names should be kept to a minimum in the production (at the beginning or end of production). Productions that focus on a particular brand for promotional purposes will not be considered.
  • For foreign language or native latin american spoken films, Spanish subtitles or dubbing are requested.
  • The production must be made after January 1, 2019.
  • There is no limit to how many productions can be submitted.
  • The inscription is through the Film Free Way platform at the following link
  • The application is paid and can vary between USD $ 20 and $ 30 depending on the category.
  • The deadline for submitting films will be from December 13, 2023, until 23:59 on March 17, 2024.
  • Films must be original and authored by the entrant.
  • Finalists must submit a copy of their production in the highest quality available, to be screened at the event.
  • Finalists will be asked for additional material of the productions, such as promotional photographs, promotional clip (trailer) and audiovisual material for social networks.
  • Participation in the contest implies the acceptance of each and every one of the Rules of the contest. The organization is empowered to resolve any contingency not foreseen in the Rules.
  • By applying for the film/s, you accept the terms defined by Santiago Wild for the transmission of the content online and in person during the days that the festival lasts.
  • By applying for the film/s, you accept the terms defined by Santiago Wild for the transmission of the movies during the SW24 in-person Tour throughout Chile.


  • By participating in the contest, the contestant declares and guarantees that: the participant grants Santiago Wild the rights to exhibit the film at the festival the rights to exhibit the film during the Festival and in the Presential Tour, as well as the right to promote the film in or through all formats currently known on the Internet and media.
  • In order to participate, the entrant must own all rights, title and interest, including copyright and all intellectual property rights, in and to the film that would be presented at the Festival.
  • The content and production of each documentary film is the sole responsibility of its creators. The Santiago Wild Festival and its collaborators are not responsible for the opinions, actions or legal aspects of the productions submitted and selected for the competition.
  • The realization and participation of the Media Lab is totally independent from the competition. Therefore, the competition will not influence the selection of Media Lab members or the awarding of their films.


  • The winners of short and long films in the “New Latin American Voices” category will each receive a ticket to Jackson Wild 2025 (*more information in March 2024). In addition, their documentaries will be screened at Santiago Wild 2023. 
  • The micro documentary, short and long films recognized in the “Latin America in the Eyes of the World” category will be screened at Santiago Wild 2024. 

The finalists in both categories will be announced in April 2024.

For any questions or queries, please write to

Ladera Sur will soon give other Santiago Wild news, such as the films that will be part of the line-up, the directors, and much more!


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