Mission Statement of the parent organization
Latino International Film Institute (LIFI) is a non-profit 501c (3)
organization that also includes the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF). The Community & Education Programming component of the Institute is to support the development and further education of school children from elementary to junior college in the United States via the audio visual arts. In turn, improve graduation statistics; elevate standards of Latino audio visual story development and presentation of our culture. To provide opportunities to mentor or support writers develop their stories. Preserve our cultural cinematic history through our preservation program for our future generations.

The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) Its mission is to showcase, nurture and support existing and emerging creative Latino filmmakers with diverse visions in the United States and internationally. Serve as a springboard and catalyst for the promotion and distribution of Latin films. Bring awareness through film, the most influential audiovisual medium of our time, the richness and diversity of Latin culture. Invest in our community through our mentorship & internships programs and develop an audience for our cinema.

It presents feature films, documentaries, shorts and special side bar screenings. The films presented at the festival showcase a wide variety of themes by Latino filmmakers, producers, writers and actors, as well as movies that depict Latino culture. It is a competitive festival with prizes and a venue where filmmakers come together with buyers and distributors. The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival is a qualifying festival for the Narrative and Animated Short Film categories of the Academy Awards®. This year it celebrates its 15th anniversary.