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CHICAGO (November 19, 2013) – The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago (ILCC) presented the official poster for the 30th Chicago Latino Film Festival at a sold-out fundraising gala held on Friday, November 8th at the River East Arts Center, 435 E. Illinois St. Designed by Venezuelan artist Sylvia Nieves, the poster depicts legendary Brazilian singer and actress Carmen Miranda wearing her signature hat, which, instead of fruits, is composed of several pixilated elements that embody the city of Chicago, film and the vibrancy of Latin culture including such iconic images as the Willis Tower, the Chicago Theatre marquee, film reels, movie tickets, flags from all over Latin America and Mexican tiles arranged in different sizes and color palettes.

“This poster reflects the dynamic spirit so characteristic of Latino culture,” said Pepe Vargas, founder and executive director of the ILCC, producer of the Chicago Latino Film Festival. “The poster also establishes a connection between the past, the present and the future of movies in general and Latino cinema in particular.”

“I feel very honored to have been chosen to design the poster for the Festival’s 30th Anniversary,” said Sylvia Nieves. “I am very passionate about the Festival and appreciate the amazing work Pepe and his associates have been doing for the past 30 years in establishing a contact between movie lovers and our diverse Latino cultures.”

Winner of the Chicago Latino Film Festival Poster Contest in 2002, Sylvia Nieves has over fourteen years of multicultural and general market advertising experience including branding and direct advertising for television, print, radio, retail and digital mediums. She was also the founder of the multicultural department at advertising agency DRAFTFCB. A graduate of Columbia College Chicago and the Instituto de Diseño in Caracas, Nieves’ work as an artist and photographer has been exhibited in many galleries throughout the city. Her last two solo exhibits were held at the Aldo Castillo Gallery, an international fine arts gallery, specializing in Latin American art.

Her poster will become the face of the Festival, as it will be on the cover of half-a-million schedules, invitations, program books, bus shelters, and more. The 30th Chicago Latino Film Festival will take place April 3-17, 2014. The full schedule will be announced early next year.

“We are now in the process of selecting the films; I can guarantee Chicago movie-lovers that the 30th edition of our Festival will be one of our most exciting yet,” said Vargas. “I invite them to set aside the date and join us in welcoming the spring with the best films Latin America, Spain and Portugal and Latinos in the United States have to offer.”


The 30th Anniversary Gala was made possible by the following Sponsors: BMO Harris Bank – Platinum Sponsor of the 30th Chicago Latino Film Festival, Corona, Allstate and Baker & Mckenzie.

Additional support was received from the following corporations and individuals: ABC 7 Chicago, American Airlines, ComEd, DePaul University, Global Diversity Solutions Group, Dr. Eloisa Garcia, La Raza, Prado & Renteria, Primera, Quaker, SPC Educational Solutions, Tampico, Telemundo, Tristan & Cervantes, Univision Chicago and 2im Group.

In addition to the corporate sponsorship, the Chicago Latino Film Festival receives financial support from: The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince, the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, and the Illinois Arts Council –a state agency.


The International Latino Cultural Center (ILCC) of Chicago is a pan-Latino, nonprofit, multidisciplinary arts organization dedicated to developing, promoting and increasing awareness of Latino cultures among Latinos and other communities by presenting a wide variety of art forms and education including film, music, dance, visual arts, comedy and theater. The Center prides itself for its outstanding multidisciplinary local and international cultural programming which spans Latin America, Spain, Portugal, and the United States.