The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) was founded in 1997 by
producer, director, actor and activist Edward James Olmos; independent producer
and film curator Marlene Dermer. LALIFF is a non-profit 501c (3) organization with
the mission to support the development and exhibition of diverse visions by Latino
filmmakers. To serve as a springboard and catalyst for the promotion of Latin films and
filmmakers in the industry locally, nationally & internationally. To develop audiences
for such films and in the process bring awareness of the richness and diversity of Latin
cultures, artistry and countries through film, the most powerful medium in the world.
In 2005 Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) evolved into the Latino
International Film Institute (LIFI) which presents the annual event. 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. To provide opportunities to mentor or support
writers develop their stories. To preserve our cultural cinematic history through our
preservation program for our future generations.
Our work is only made possible with the generous help from our community of
supporters. From individual members, volunteers and interns to corporate sponsors, we
thank you for your commitment to our mission to advance the work of artists in film,
images of our culture and to promote these important voices and stories in society.
We invite you to become a member or make a tax deductible donation to our Institute
or Film Festival and not only see the latest films discover our emerging talents but
support us in our educational and preservation work for our communities’ future.