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Hombre

A teenager is taken by his father to a hunting trip with the intention of teaching him how to be a ‘real man.’ After finding a monster in the forest, the kid must put his identity into play if he wants to live up to his father’s boorish demands.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)

Juan Pablo Arias Muñoz is a Chilean director/writer based in Los Angeles. AFI Directing Class of 2019. His films expose morally troubled characters through the language of horror and fantasy.

FILM INFO

Section:  Shorts
Director:  Juan Pablo Arias Muñoz
Year:  2017
Length:  21:11
Language:  English
Country: Chile
Festivals: Stockholm Internation Film Festival 2017 (Sweden) 55º New York Film Festival (U S A) 30º Cinélatino, Rencontres de Toulouse 2018 (France) Marina del Rey Film Festival 2017 (U S A) Silicon Beach Film Festival 2018 (U S A) Cinetoro Festival International de Experimentación 2017 (Colombia) Festival de Cine de Viña del Mar 2017 (Chile) Festival de Cine Rodando en Bicicleta 2017 (Colombia) Festival Internacional de Cine de La Serena 2017 (Chile) Santiago Festival Internacional de Cine 2017 – SANFIC (Chile) 40º Elche’s Independent Film Festival (Spain) Short Film Corner – Cannes Film Festival 2017 (France)
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How To Deal with Girls Flirting with Your Man

World-renowned relationship expert Esmeralda Lopez De La Vega shares fool-proof advice for dealing with thirsty ladies who be flirting with your man.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)

Originally from Colombia, I’m a video creator, actor, writer, and producer getting featured on The Huffington Post, Daily Dot, BuzzFeed, MTV, Whohaha, KROQ’s Kevin and Bean, and more. I’ve also produced for Univision’s bilingual digital division TheFlama, Fusion, 3Pas, Center Theater Group, Ripple Entertainment’s Snarled, and ABC Studios. You can find me performing at comedy theaters in LA including UCB, iO West and Neon Venus. Also: I can dance salsa on command. Just say the words.

FILM INFO

Section:  Shorts
Director:  Karla Solarte
Year:  2018
Length:  2:52 Minutes
Language:  English
Country: USA
Festivals: 
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Sinfonía de un mar triste – Symphony of a Sad Sea

Hugo flees from the vilencia in Mexico, dreams of reaching the United States

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)

Born in Chiapas, Mexico in 1981, his love of storytelling prompted him to study screenwriting at the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC) in Mexico City. He has written screenplays for films and television and worked in film production. He has also ventured into the medium of print by publishing his first book, ‘The Electrocuted Fish’.

FILM INFO

Section:  Shorts

Director:  Carlos Morales
Year:  2017
Length:  12 minutes
Language:  Spanish
Country: Mexico
Festivals: Sundance 2018 Berlinale 2018 HOT DOCS 2018 FICM 2017

Pablo

Months after a violent separation, Anouk and Pablo have to meet two members of the Ministry of State at Anouk’s place to have the legal authenticity of their cohabitation validated

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)

He was born in Bogotá the 5th of April in 1987. At 19 he graduated from the San Felipe Neri School in Bogotá. He traveled to Europe to continue his studies in Poitiers. For three years he studied at the school of fine arts. Later he continued his studies at the IAD film school (institute of the arts of diffusion). He is currently in the second year of his master’s degree.

FILM INFO

Section:  Shorts
Director:  Sergio Guataquira Sarmiento
Year:  2017
Length:  16:04 minutes
Language:  English
Country: Belgique
Festivals: FICCI (Festival internacional de cine de Cartagena de Inidas) 2018 Official Selection -Chalon tout court : Best Foreign Film -FOLCS, New York, U.S.A 2018 : 3rd place -La Balade des Courts, Bourgs-en-Bresse, France 2018 Official Selection -International Film Festival Autumn in Voronet Official Selection -Festival de Cinema Escolar de Alvorada, Brazil: Best Male Performance -The Watersprite awards, Cambridge, U.K: Best Performance -Asolo Art Film Festival 2018 Official Selection

Meninas Formicida – Ant Killers

In a small Brazilian town, a teenage girl works every day in a eucalyptus forest where she chases ants away with pesticides. Yet, her inner struggle turns out to be the real fight.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)

João Paulo Miranda Maria produced and directed Command Action in 2015 which is selected at the Semaine de la Critique. The following year, his second short film, The girl who danced with the devil, is selected in Cannes’s official competition and gets the Special Mention of the jury. Meninas Formicida is his first professional short film and is produced by LES VALSEURS.

FILM INFO

Section:  Shorts
Director:  João Paulo Miranda Maria
Year:  2017
Length:  12 minutes
Language:  English
Country: France
Festivals: Mostra internazionale d’arte cinematografica di Venezia | Italie (2017), Leeds International Film Festival | Angleterre (2017), Zinebi Bilbao | Espagne (2017), Konstanzer Kurz Film Spiele | Allemagne (2017), Goiânia Mostra Curtas | Brésil (2017), Rio de Jaeniro International Short Film Festival – Curta Cinema | Brésil (2017), Curta Brasilia | Brésil (2017), Panorama Internacional Coisa de Cinema | Brésil (2017), Festival Kinoarte de Cinema | Brésil (2017), Leuven International Short Film Festival | Belgique (2017), Mostra de cinema de Gostoso | Brésil (2018), Mecal Pro, International Barcelona short and Animation Festival | Espagnol (2018), Subversive Festival Zagreb | Croatia (2018)

Victor & Isolina

An elderly Puerto Rican couple answer questions about their life-long, complex and arduous relationship, posed from behind the lens of their documentary filmmaking Grandson.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)

William D. Caballero is a filmmaker, writer, composer, artist, and 2018 Guggenheim Fellow.

FILM INFO

Section:  Shorts
Director:  William D. Caballero
Year:  2017
Length:  6:00
Language:  English
Country: USA
Festivals: Sundance, Art of Brooklyn Film Fest, Atlanta Film Festival, LA Film Festival, San Diego Latino, Vieques Int’l Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Sarasota Film Festival, and others
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Libre

Clients of Libre by Nexus, a private company that purports to help people held in immigration custody secure bail, are forced to wear ankle monitors until their debts are paid.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)

Anna Barsan is an NYC-based artist and media educator working in film, installation, and live video performance. She holds an M.A. in film and new media studies from The New School and a B.A. in international relations and global media studies from the University of Michigan. She teaches film and media studies at SUNY Empire State.

FILM INFO

Section:  Shorts
Director:  Anna Barsan
Year:  2018
Length:  12:27
Language:  English
Country: USA
Festivals: N/A
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LALIFF 2018 ANNOUNCES PROGRAMMING…

LALIFF 2018 ANNOUNCES PROGRAMMING, FEATURING SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL’S AUDIENCE AWARD-WINNING “THE SENTENCE” AND RISING STAR ROSA SALAZAR’S DIRECTORIAL DEBUT

Festival to showcase variety of international films by next generation Latinx filmmakers including Alan Palomo and Guadalupe Rosales

Five-day music series and CultureStrike art installation to coincide with festival, along with first-ever student film festival – LALIFF Legacy

LOS ANGELES, May 31, 2018 – Academy Award-nominated actor Edward James Olmos today announced 2018 festival programming for the long-awaited return of LALIFF, the largest Latinx film festival to be hosted out of Los Angeles, presenting at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood June 20 – 24.

The festival returns with expanded programming, including both short and long form films created, directed, starring or produced by the next generation of Latinx entertainers. Filmmakers and casts alike will come together to present their award-winning work from across the globe: Argentina, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Paraguay, Spain and North America.

“LALIFF has long been the most important Latino film festival in the U.S.. But this time around, with the launch of LALIFF Art, LALIFF Music and LALIFF Legacy, we are making sure it becomes the Mecca of Latino content,” said Edward James Olmos, founder of LALIFF. “LALIFF is a celebration of having our voices heard beyond the film screen, and we felt it crucial to bring the festival back to the place where it started– Los Angeles.”

LALIFF, aimed at showcasing Latino perspectives through art will kick-off opening night with the Los Angeles premier of “The Sentence,” winner of the “Audience Award – U.S. Documentary” at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Drawing from hundreds of hours of footage, filmmaker Rudy Valdez shows the aftermath of his sister Cindy’s 15-year sentence for conspiracy charges related to crimes committed by her deceased ex-boyfriend—something known, in legal terms, as “the girlfriend problem.” Valdez’s method of coping with this tragedy is to film his sister’s family for her, both the everyday details and the milestones—moments Cindy herself can no longer share in. But in the midst of this nightmare, Valdez finds his voice as both a filmmaker and activist, and he and his family begin to fight for Cindy’s release during the last months of the Obama administration’s clemency initiative. Whether their attempts will allow Cindy to break free of her draconian sentence becomes the aching question at the core of this deeply personal portrait of a family in crisis.

Many local and international guests will attend the festival, including iconic Spanish cult filmmaker, Alex de la Iglesia, whose latest comedy Perfect Strangers, is a hilarious commentary on how smartphones can be disastrous for relationships, Veneno, The First Fall, starring Manny Perez, details the life of Dominican wrestler Jack Veneno, who himself was inspired by the films of “El Santo.” Both Manny Perez and filmmaker Tabaré Blanchard will attend.

The festival will also feature 26 bold short films throughout, including the following:

  • Good Crazy, the Sundance premiered directorial debut of actress Rosa Salizar (James Cameron’s and director Robert Rodriguez’s forthcoming sci-fi action film Alita: Battle Angel, FX’s American Horror Story: Murder House, and the Maze Runner film series).
  • The Borscht Corp Collective, a series of short films including Chlorophyll from Academy Award-winning director Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) in celebration of its 10-year anniversary.

LALIFF will offer two $5 special screenings that include the presentation of Santo Contra “Cererbro del Mal” (1961), a partnership with the Academy Film archive that marks the West Coast premiere of the restoration. To celebrate the World Cup, we are pleased to offer the Uruguayan film Home Team, a tale about a small town boy whose prodigious talent for soccer takes him to places he never dared to dream.

A special Latinx podcast event (“Live from LALIFF”) with Latinos Who Lunch and Locatora Radio will be free and open to the public, as they interview the creator, Tanya Saracho, and the stars of Starz’s new original hit show, VIDA.

The festival will also host the first-ever student film festival, LALIFF Legacy, powered by the year-round work in public schools of the Youth Cinema Project. This two-day student event is presented by CAA.

The invite-only opening night celebration, sponsored by AltaMed, will be hosted at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood and will feature signature psychedelic Cumbia fusion musical act Tropica Magica, formerly known as “Thee Commons” as the headline act and The Mexican Standoff as the pre-opener. Boyle Heights DJ, BSYDE will be spinning cumbia funk. Additional musical acts will be featured nightly after screenings.

Tickets to LALIFF screenings are available now.

For the full programming schedule, please visit: www.latinofilm.org

The list of feature film screenings is below:

  • The Sentence, dir. Rudy Valdez, USA (Opening film)
  • Bad Labor, dir. Chris Carmona, USA
  • Bad Lucky Goat, dir. Samir Oliveros, Colombia
  • Candelaria, dir. Jhonny Hendrix, Colombia/Cuba
  • Killing Jesus, dir. Laura Mora, USA
  • La Quinceañera, dir. Gigi Saul Guerrero, USA
  • Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle, dir. Gustavo Salmerón, Spain
  • Loveling Gustavo Pizzi, Brazil
  • Home Team, dir. Carlos Morelli, Uruguay
  • Perfect Strangers, dir. Alex de la Iglesia, Spain
  • Santos Contra “Cerebro del Mal”, dir. Joselito Rodriguez, Mexico/Cuba
  • The Future Ahead, dir. Constanza Novick, Argentina
  • The Pushouts, dirs. Katie Galloway & Dawn Valdez, USA
  • Who are You? Ari Maniel Cruz, Puerto Rico
  • Veneno, The First Fall, dir. Tabaré Blanchard, Dominican Republic
  • Violeta at Last, dir Hilda Hidalgo, Costa Rica
  • The Gold Seekers, dir. Tana Schémbori & Juan Carlos Maneglia, Paraguay (Closing film)

“For too long we’ve been talking about issues of inequity and lack of diversity in our industry, and we are looking forward to being part of the solution.” — Edward James Olmos

Sponsors for 2018 LALIFF include the following:

Premier Sponsor

Youth Cinema Project

Presenting Sponsor

Premios Platino
Egeda

Opening Night Sponsor

AltaMed

LALIFF Legacy

Presenting Sponsor

CAA

Supporting Sponsors

Garcia Hernández Sawhney, LLP
High Performance Learning Environments
Achieving America Family Foundation

Official Airline Sponsor

Delta/AeroMexico

Industry Sponsor

Warner Bros. Entertainment
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Fox

Supporting Sponsor

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
TCL Chinese Theatres
Final Draft
Simple DCP
Ketel One

Media Sponsor

Univision
Remezcla
HOY
97.1 AMP Radio
LA TV

Community Partners

CultureStr/ke
Buzzfeed Pero Like
Mitú
Consulate General of Brazil
Spain Arts & Culture
LIMA
Podcasterio Network
SAG-AFTRA
LACMA
Define American
Harness
US Lifestyle
ITEX
Kabazon Premium Water
Killer Design
UndocuMedia
University of Guadalajara Foundation | USA
Common Sense Latino

 

Latino Film Institute (LFI) showcases, strengthens, and celebrates the richness of Latino lives through the audio visual event. We develop, activate, and support artists, creators, and executives through pathways and platforms for the expression and appreciation of their work.

Youth Cinema Project (YCP) is project based learning that produces competent, resilient, and real world problem-solvers and bridges the achievement and opportunity gaps by creating lifelong learners and the entertainment industry’s multicultural future.

LALIFF is a premiere international event dedicated to showcasing the entirety of human experience from the Latino perspective, whether through film, television, digital, music, art, or any other vehicle, regardless of platform.

Academy Award-Nominee Edward James Olmos Launches Largest U.S. Latino Film Festival

LOS ANGELES, April 17, 2018 – Academy Award-nominated actor Edward James Olmos today announced LALIFF 2018 and the Latino Film Institute. LALIFF to be hosted at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood June 20 – 24.

LALIFF is the largest U.S. Latino film festival dedicated to showcasing Latino perspectives through art. LFI is an organization dedicated to the advancement of Latinx voices and content across media and entertainment, both are led out of Los Angeles.

“I am proud to be launching the Latino Film Institute and LALIFF at such a critical time in our social climate,” said Mr. Edward James Olmos. “For too long we’ve been talking about issues of inequity and lack of diversity in our industry, and we are looking forward to being part of the solution.” A lifelong advocate of the Latino community, Olmos serves as Chairman of the institute and is currently in post-production of his third feature film, “The Devil Has a Name.” He’s also filming on the highly anticipated “Sons Of Anarchy” spinoff, “Mayans, MC.”

LALIFF’s New Team
Rafael Agustín, a writer for The CW’s “Jane The Virgin” is spearheading the festival and was recently announced as the Latino Film Institute’s Executive Director. Agustín will work in partnership with Diana Sanchez, LALIFF’s 2018 Director of Programming. Sanchez serves as an International Programmer at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Dilcia Barrera also joined the LALIFF team as a Senior Programmer. Barrera is also a Programmer, Short Films at Sundance Film Festival.

LFI is Home to Youth Cinema Project
LFI is also home to the Youth Cinema Project, a film education program for public schools across California that aims to teach students the art of 21st Century Learning. The Youth Cinema Project has worked with industry partners such as Walt Disney Animation Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the American Film Institute (AFI), CAA and mitú.

“Our mission is to pave the way for Hollywood’s multicultural future,” said Rafael Agustín. “The Youth Cinema Project is a gift from the Latino community to all children,”Agustín added.

“For too long we’ve been talking about issues of inequity and lack of diversity in our industry, and we are looking forward to being part of the solution.” — Edward James Olmos

Follow LALIFF on social media:

Instagram: @laliff_

Twitter: @laliff

Facebook: facebook.com/laliff

Latino Film Institute (LFI) showcases, strengthens and celebrates the richness of Latino lives through the audiovisual event. We develop, activate, and support artists, creators, and executives through pathways and platforms for the expression and appreciation of their work.

Youth Cinema Project (YCP) is project-based learning that produces competent, resilient, and real-world problem-solvers and bridges the achievement and opportunity gaps by creating lifelong learners and the entertainment industry’s multicultural future.

LALIFF is a premier international event dedicated to showcasing the entirety of human experience from the Latino perspective, whether through film, television, digital, music, art, or any other vehicle, regardless of platform.

LALIFF (formerly known as the Los Angeles International Film Festival) to commence June 20 – 24 in Hollywood, CA
LFI appoints new team to spearhead festival and Youth Cinema Project

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