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LOS ANGELES LATINO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SETS 2019 DATES

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.

About LALIFF

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]

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