Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consecte adipi. Suspendisse ultrices hendrerit a vitae vel a sodales. Ac lectus vel risus suscipit sit amet hendrerit a venenatis.
12, Some Streeet, 12550 New York, USA
(+44) 871.075.0336
[email protected]
Follow Us



Festival Which Promotes The Advancement of Latinx Voices To Focus on U.S. Talent Returns July 31-August 4 at TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood


CAA, Egeda And AltaMed Confirmed As Sponsors

**Submissions Now Open At LatinoFilm.org **

LOS ANGELES, March 7, 2019 –Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF), the premiere international event dedicated to showcasing the entirety of human experience from the Latinx perspective, today announced it is set to return July 31-August 4 at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Co-founded by Academy Award® nominee, Golden Globe® and Emmy® winner Edward James Olmos (“Battlestar Galactica,” “Stand and Deliver”) and run by Executive Director Rafael Agustin (“Jane The Virgin”), the platform agnostic festival which showcases film, television, digital, music and art – will this year put a major emphasis on U.S. Latinx talent. CAA, Egeda and AltaMed return this year as sponsors.

“LALIFF has become the preeminent destination for Latinx storytellers and this year we want to spotlight our homegrown U.S. community of filmmakers, musicians, students, TV writers, visual artists, digital producers and podcasters,” said festival co-founder Edward James Olmos.

LALIFF is programmed by two leading women with distinct pedigrees: Artistic Director Diana Sanchez (who is an International Programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival®) and Director of Programming Dilcia Barrera (who is a Programmer, Feature Films at the Sundance Film Festival). Submissions are now open at www.latinofilm.org.

LALIFF returned in 2018 after a five year hiatus, during which the organizers invested efforts in the Youth Cinema Project (YCP), which evolved from the festival’s youth program. YCP 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. This year YCP established its first-ever scholarship, which comes with a paid LALIFF internship, for a high school student who has shown great academic improvement and displayed extraordinary filmmaking excellence. This year it will go to a Santa Ana High School student from the Santa Ana Unified School District.

LALIFF and YCP are programs of the Latino Film Institute (LFI), which this year added Dr. Ana-Christina Ramon (co-author of the highly influential Hollywood Diversity Report) to its Board of Directors. She said: “As the largest minority group in the U.S. and one whose buying power outpaces other groups, Latinos are still severely underrepresented in film and TV. My goal is to provide the data necessary to enact meaningful change and motivate those in the industry to make content that is authentic and representative of how the majority of Latinos and other people of color live and work in America.”

To further expand efforts to be in the forefront of our industry, LFI this year has added LatinX In Animation as one of its signature programs. Championing the growth of diversity in animation, the LatinX in Animation team will continue monthly networking events as well as take on developing an Animation curriculum for YCP and building out LALIFF Animation at this year’s festival.


The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) was founded in 1997 by producer, director, actor and activist Edward James Olmos and independent producers, Marlene Dermer, George Hernandez, and Kirk Whisler. LALIFF is a non-profit 501c (3) organization with the mission to support the development and exhibition of diverse visions by Latinx creators. LALIFF brings awareness to the richness and diversity of Latin cultures, artistry and countries through film and other mediums. The festival brings together filmmakers, buyers and distributors serving as a springboard and catalyst for the promotion locally, nationally and internationally. LALIFF also offers industry workshops, panels, labs, networking receptions, educational programs, and hosts some of the best Galas in tinsel town.

For more information and updates on LALIFF visit https://latinofilm.org

For more information on the Youth Cinema Project visit https://youthcinemaproject.org

Follow LALIFF on social media:

Instagram: @laliff_

Twitter: @laliff

Facebook: facebook.com/laliff

Media Contact:

Emily Spence, [email protected]

Taking Stock of LALIFF 2018 as We Set Sights on the 2019 Edition

With an expanded vision aimed at highlighting even more Latinx and Latin American talent than ever before in multiple artistic fields, 2018 marked the stellar return of the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF)—an indispensable platform for the appreciation, exhibition, and development of our community’s artistic ambitions at a time when positive representation is truly imperative.

Enhancing the highly-curated film program, new sections including LALIFF Music, featuring emerging acts performing in an intimate setting, and LALIFF Art, which provided a space for creators in other visual disciples to showcase their works, helped the festival evolve into an even more inclusive event with a fresh voice.

Calling LALIFF the Home of Latinx content is no overstatement as it brings together an array of diverse experiences under one roof: from undocumented youth, to local directors, as well as celebrated auteurs from across Ibero-America. Looking at the trajectories of LALIFF 2018 alumni, it’s clear that what the festival is investing in is talent with the potential to reshape the global cinematic landscape, but perhaps more importantly, the way Hollywood represents the Latino identity here at home.

Since last year’s festival, U.S. Latino creators who shared their work with LALIFF’s audiences have gone on to receive incredible recognitions and to participate in even more prominent projects.

Rudy Valdez’s deeply moving documentary The Sentence went on to have a theatrical release in October and later premiered on HBO. This portrait of a family enduring separation because of excessive punishment is at once hopeful and devastating. The Sentence won the Cinema Tropical Award for Best U.S. Latino Film back in January.

Actress and filmmaker Rosa Salazar screened her short film Good Crazy at LALIFF following success at Sundance. Earlier this year she graced screens around the world as the star of Robert Rodriguez’s Alita: Battle Angel, a sci-fi fantasy that has defied box office expectations stateside and has become a significant success in China. Salazar is a trailblazing Latina lead setting an example for the industry

Young filmmaker Chris Carmona, a proud Southeast LA native, stunned festival attendees with his debut feature, Bad Labor, a genre story about a day laborer in peril, which he produced for $7000 in the spirit of Robert Rodriguez’s El Mariachi. Carmona just completed a romcom web series for Mitú titled Instant Crush. Its six episodes will debut online  

Lastly, writer-director Gigi Saul Guerrero was recently named one of Variety’s 10 Latinxs to Watch in 2019. Guerrero premiered the feature-length version of her web series La Quinceañera at LALIFF. The gritty revenge story proved her outstanding directorial abilities ready to take on even more ambitious ventures.

Additionally, several Latin American titles that played at LALIFF last year found a home at HBO Latino reaching a mass audience in the U.S. Uruguayan soccer story Home Team, Colombia revenge drama Killing Jesus, Paraguayan adventure tale The Gold Seekers, Dominican biopic Veneno, The First Fall, and the Salvadoran short film My Treasure, are now available on HBO’s Spanish-language channel. Lastly, the Spanish documentary Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle by Gustavo Salmerón had a theatrical release stateside in the fall of 2018 and went on to win the Spotlight Award at the Cinema Eye Honors Awards, which recognize excellence in documentary filmmaking.

While LALIFF will continue to celebrate outstanding features and shorts from Latin America, Spain, and Portugal, a significant focus going forward is to provide even more spaces and opportunities to U.S. Latinos, those born stateside with Latin American heritage, who still terribly underrepresented in the entertainment industry. U.S. Latinos are often lumped together with their Latin American counterparts creating a deceiving perception that progress has been made.

Whereas filmmakers in Latin America have access to government subsidies and incentives to finance their projects, U.S. Latinos struggle to break into an industry that doesn’t understand the subtitles of their experiences and how these are distinct from those of Cuarón, del Toro, Iñárritu, and other major names that have emerged from the region.  

To that end, LALIFF will continue to support the Youth Cinema Project (YCP) through its LALIFF Legacy section. YCP brings filmmaking into Southern California schools presenting the craft as a plausible and exciting career path for kids in the Latino community and beyond who may have otherwise never contemplated the possibility of working in entertainment. Their work then finds a home at LALIFF Legacy in a special screening event that demonstrate the relevance of the LALIFF ecosystem for filmmakers working professionally today and those that are coming behind them.

LALIFF 2019 will build on the foundations set into place last year to continue to become not only the epicenter for our creative endeavors to shine and be shared, but a key participant in the year-round conversations around meaningful inclusion and access.  

LALIFF’s Short Films Tell Hugely Relevant Stories in Bite-Size Form

Audiences seeking to explore bold and inspiring content created by Latinx filmmakers beyond the great selection of features at LALIFF, will find a treasure chest of stories and idiosyncratic visions in the festival’s Short Programs. Experimental works, hard-hitting dramas from rarely seen regions, and even animated narratives, comprise a curated compilation of the best short films created by or about Latinx talents in the last few years.

Through this selection of standout bite-size creations with hugely relevant stories, LALIFF is bridging the gap between its last edition and its return. Many of the short films included were made during LALIFF’s hiatus, thus this programs allows the festival to share them with audience and showcase some the best work Latinx filmmakers completed in this intermission.

One of the festival’s invaluable partners to bring incredible short form content to this year’s festivities is the Borscht Corporation, a non-profit redefining the way cinema is produced in a Miami. Borscht also puts together its own film festival every couple of years, an even that has garnered a cult following for their audacious programming and creative approach to production. For LALIFF, having Borscht be part of this new journey was a perfect match.

“It was so important to include Borscht Corp in LALIFF’s comeback year as they continuously represent Latinx creators and Latinx perspectives in prestigious film festivals throughout the world,” says LALIFF’s Senior Programmer, Dilcia Barrera.” Their ingenuity and approach is admirable and I hope their journey inspires other Latinx filmmakers to take chances, be bold and created art true to their own stories.”

Borscht is represented at the festival with a stunning lineup in a program titled Borscht Diez: 10 Year Anniversary Program. Apart from including Oscar-winner Barry Jenkins’ hypnotic short Chlorophyl, this look at a decade of Borscht-produced works also presents two animated gems by Brazilian-born Miami-based director Bernardo Britto. Both Yearbook and Glove premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and have cemented Britto as a singular force in multiple mediums.

Outside of the Borscht Diez package of wonders, one of the most anticipated directorial debuts playing at LALIFF is the short Good Crazy directed Rosa Salazar. The actress who’s had an immensely successful career in both film and television takes her first stab at writing and directing in a complex piece. Later this year Salazar will star in the title role of Robert Rodriguez’s new feature Alita: Battle Angel.

Distinct areas of Latin America are also present at LALIFF via award-winning shorts like Michael Flores’ My Treasure (Mi Tesoro), a touching tale about the aftermath of war from El Salvador; Juan Pablo Arias Muñoz’s Hombre, sharp take on masculinity from Chile; Carlos Morales’ Symphony of a Sad Sea (Sinfonía de un Mar Triste), centered on a young Mexican man escaping violence in his homeland; and João Paulo Miranda Maria’s Ant Killer (Feminas Formicida), a provocative look at a teenage girl’s personal battles.

Similarly, shorts from a Latinx points of view include the Boyle Heights-set The Town I Live In directed by Guadalupe Rosales & Matt Wolf; two documentaries on issues around immigration, Anna Barsan’s Libre and Lorena Manriquez & Marlene McCurtis’ Here I’ll Stay; and a hilarious comedy Diet & Exercise by Benjamin-Shalom Rodriguez.

Undoubtedly, shorts at LALIFF are a sample platter of ides, techniques, and perspectives that complete an already balanced program.


Alih Jey and Cunao - LALIFF

Latinx Bands and DJs to Score the Festival as Part of LALIFF Music Series

Picture Credit: JC Olivera (Instagram: @jcolivera)

For the first time in its long history of championing emerging talent, LALIFF will include a new section focused on Latinx musical acts that are pushing boundaries and reinventing traditional genres with modern sensibilities.

Each night during the festival, the Hollywood Roosevelt will transform into the perfect stage for an eclectic collection of bands and DJs to share their culturally complex creations with eager attendees. This new addition to LALIFF’s rich program encourages discovery and aims to connect artists with potential audiences in order to build a supportive community for them to thrive.  

“Our vision for LALIFF Music is to advocate and celebrate brilliant Latinx Musicians, DJs and Artists,” says Alexis de la Rocha, LALIFF Music Programmer. “It is important for us to highlight diverse independent acts who are not only creating spectacular sounds, but who are changing the way  the world views Latinx performers.”

Opening Night guests will dance to the rhythm of psychedelic Cumbia courtesy of the East L.A.’s whimsical Tropa Magica, as well as the bilingual and comedic tunes of The Mexican Standoff and Eastside Luv’s resident DJ: Bsyde. To call it an unmissable lineup would be an understatement.

With film screenings now in full swing, Thursday night’s performances by Grammy-nominated Dominican singer-songwriter Alih Jey, accompanied by South American-inspired folk group Cuñao, and globally-minded Cumbia fusion band We the Folk will set the tone for the rest of the festival.

Weekend vibes kick off on Friday thanks to Sin Color, an ambitious South L.A. duo crafting electronic beats grounded on old school Latin musical styles, and Salvadoran-American DJ and singer Linda Nuves of Chulita Vinyl Club.

Prominent DJ José Galván, who is currently an on-air DJ at radio station KCRW, will be spinning Saturday night delighting listeners with his distinct brand of mixes. The utterly idiosyncratic Soul Jazz band Brainstory and Chicago Batman’s multinstrumentalist É Arenas will also join the party.

Straight from Mexico City, the Closing Night act, El Conjunto Nueva Ola is sure to bring dance-inducing tracks to cap off the LALIFF’s return with revitalized interpretations of classic songs on Sunday night.

As part of LALIFF’s evolution into the epicenter of Latinx entertainment, the new musical component is a revolutionary idea to open the platform beyond cinematic works. It’s a bold move on the organizers part, but one that wholeheartedly aligns with the inclusive mantra the festival preaches. The LALIFF Music Series will provide a soundtrack to the five-day celebration of the multitude of Latinx identities, interests, and influences.

US Latinx Voices Break Out at LALIFF 2018

Works by Latin American filmmakers are always present at international festivals, sometimes in abundance, simply because government incentives and opportunities for both emerging and established talent are available in many foreign countries. However, for US-born Latinos or those who work stateside, the same doesn’t apply because those financial stimuli are non-existent here.

In addition to having no direct access to funds, US Latinos must also battle an industry that doesn’t understand their specific cultural perspective, which is shaped by their Latino heritage yet distinct from that of those who grew up, live, and work in Latin America. The white mainstream media tends to place everyone under the same umbrella without acknowledging the experiences of those who identify as Americans with a Latino background.

LALIFF, at its core, has always been a bridge between US Latinos and Latin Americans in order to shine a light on our similar sensibilities but also  offers a space for specificity to stand out. More than ever, US Latinx voices are demanding to be seen in the context of their struggles and triumphs as people of color within the United States.

The Pushouts

A prime example of such a vision is Rudy Valdez’s hard-hitting and heartbreaking doc The Sentence, which earned him the “Audience Award – U.S. Documentary” at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. In this personal debut feature, the Mexican-American filmmaker assembled a portrait of his own family as they endured the tragic consequences of his sister Cindy’s unreasonable 15-year sentence for her alleged involvement in the crimes committed by her deceased ex-boyfriend. Rudy, his brother-in-law, his parents, his siblings, and Cindy’s daughters must adapt to life without her, while at the same time venturing into the uncertain path of trying to get her released through the clemency initiative implemented by the Obama administration. The Sentence will serve as the festival’s Opening Night film on June 20th.

On a similar note, The Pushouts, directed by Katie Galloway and co-directed by Dawn Valadez, is a non-fiction work that centers on the story of Dr. Victor Rios, who went from gang member to professor and author after being inspired by a teacher who refused to see him simply as a troubled Latino youth. Driven to give back, Rios agrees to lead a program mentoring young people of color at the Yo! Watts YouthSource Center. He helps change Changing the notions around these teenagers by referring to them not as dropouts but pushouts also shifts the responsibility of their struggles is shared with the system that is currently not designed to help them succeed.

Playing with genre elements Chris Carmona’s first-feature Bad Labor takes the preconceived stereotypes about Latino day laborers and turns one of them into the audacious protagonist of his action-packed and sleekly photograph debut. The film reflects the story of a Hard-worker, Roberto Vargas (played by Mexican actor Salvador Chacon), who takes a job from a suspicious white man. As the plot unfolds, Roberto begins to understand that what he has been hired to do is a much darker, violent, and a dangerous task than he could have ever expected.

Lastly, defying the format constraints that other festivals impose,constraints regarding format that other festival’s imposed, LALIFF has included a web series from Warner’s Stage 13 studio: Gigi Saul Guerrero’s La Quinceañera, as part of its program. This gritty Tex-Mex reimagining of the fragile image of a Latina teenager girl is a revenge tale ready to surpass all expectations by pushing its characters out of their comfort zone and into a thrilling narrative. Across the board, LALIFF is pursuing greater inclusion of US LatinxLatino voices and the varied ways and genres in which they are producing content.

Undocumented Storytellers Take Over Hollywood Via LALIFF Art

Under attack by the anti-immigrant rhetoric that plagues the highest circles of power, young undocumented creators have embraced budget-less filmmaking to fight generalizations, ignorance, and the unrealistic standards they are held to because of their status. Undeterred by their circumstances and armed with their stories, these artists are tackling the undocumented experience through humor, mood pieces, traditional documentaries, and even web series.

A collection of these works created over the last decade will be exhibited as part of an art installation titled Con Camaras Y Sin Papeles in the lobby of the TCL Chinese Theatre during LALIFF 2018. This year, the festival is collaborating with CultureStrike, a nonprofit whose focus is on supporting art geared towards spotlighting social justice issues, and they are bringing undocumented storytellers to the heart of Hollywood. Not only is the installation a move for wider visibility, but also an educational opportunity for those who are unfamiliar with the reality of undocumented life in this country.

Curated with the help of acclaimed artist Rafa Esparza, this selection of short videos represents a myriad of genres and worldviews all encompassed within the undocumented realities in America. Featured creatives include activist Angy Rivera, who is behind the popular YouTube channel Ask Angy and who was the subject of the 2015 documentary No Le Digas a Nadie; Armando Ibañez, who advocates for “undocuqueer” struggles through his episodic venture Undocumented Tales; as well as other fresh talents like Marco Nieves and his three-part short doc Almost American.

Attendees at LALIFF will have the opportunity to engage with the material during the five-day event between screenings and events. With over a dozen different pieces, all equally  fascinating and insightful, each visit will deliver new information that refutes the false statements about undocumented people perpetuated by racist figures and will replace them with connections that reaffirm our shared humanity.

The significance of calling attention to undocumented voices cannot be overstated. Their prominence at the festival as part of the LALIFF Art section reiterates the values that guide every programming decision: Our stories, all of them, matter.   

The 2018 festival runs June 20-24 at TCL Chinese Theatres in Hollywood.

LALIFF’s Resurgence is Reshaping the Festival’s Legacy for Today’s Latinx Generation

The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) is back, and its return aligns with the wave of change that has engulfed the entertainment industry in recent years. Increasingly present in every conversation about content creation, the demand for representation has started to question those in power about the stories being portrayed and who is telling them.

Plugging LALIFF into this discussion is more than natural, given that its very inception was grounded on addressing the lack of spaces and opportunities to see ourselves on screen.

Simultaneously, the festival reappears at a time of profound political turmoil in the United States and across the Americas. Last time LALIFF took place, in October 2013, Barack Obama was president; DACA had just started drastically changing the lives of undocumented youth, and the prospects for more inclusion in film and television were not enough, but the path to get them seemed less threatened than now.

Though the festival’s mission was then just as relevant in regards to highlighting our art, today there is a different connotation to what this endeavor represents: resistance. Constructive visibility through the work of our artists and the power of our narratives serves as a dignifying counterattack to ignorance, bigotry and hatred.

The industry’s landscape has dramatically change in the five years that the festival went dark and LALIFF is aware of that, thus the approach for its resurgence is comprised of both the need to retain the values that made the event a trailblazer and the vision to reshape them for the moment that Latinx and Latin American artistic expression is enjoying.

Beyond an excellently curated film program for its 2018 edition, LALIFF is expanding to champion emerging talents in other disciplines via its LALIFF Music and LALIFF Art sections, where creative individuals outside of cinema can exhibit their projects and abilities. A live podcast session with leading Latinx voices aims to tap into another group within the umbrella of Latinx audiences.

In the late 90s, LALIFF was a pioneering force before other festivals focused on individual national cinemas were birthed in Los Angeles. For over a decade, LALIFF was the premiere showcase of cinema from the region on the West Coast. Through this improved reimagining of its greatest qualities, its promise within the festival ecosystem of the city and the country at large will once again be fulfilled.

Forming new alliances and maintaining existing ones, such as its long-standing partnership with the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, LALIFF is evolving to accommodate even more experiences and worldviews as part of its revitalized purpose. Those who were avid attendees in the past can be certain the selected movies are up to the standards LALIFF has always been known for, but should be equally ready to partake in the festival’s new ventures. For those discovering it for the first time, a great cinematic revelation awaits.

The 2018 festival runs June 20-24 at TCL Chinese Theatres in Hollywood.



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

Opening Night Sponsor



Presenting Sponsor


Supporting Sponsors

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

Official Airline Sponsor


Industry Sponsor

Warner Bros. Entertainment
Sony Pictures Entertainment

Supporting Sponsor

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

Media Sponsor

97.1 AMP Radio

Community Partners

Buzzfeed Pero Like
Consulate General of Brazil
Spain Arts & Culture
Podcasterio Network
Define American
US Lifestyle
Kabazon Premium Water
Killer Design
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