Paulina Garcia Will Receive the Gloria Career Achievement Award

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CHICAGO (March 7, 2014) – The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago (ILCC), producer of the 30th Chicago Latino Film Festival, announced today that Chilean stage, television and film actress Paulina Garcia will receive this year’s Gloria Career Achievement Award. The award will be presented to Garcia during the Closing Night Gala featuring Gonzalo Diaz’s film debut “I Am from Chile” in which she co-stars. The Closing Night Gala will take place Wednesday, April 16th, at the AMC River East 21 Theatres, 322 E. Illinois St. The event starts at 6 p.m. and will conclude with a reception following the screening at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 511 N. Columbus Dr. The Closing Night Gala is sponsored by

“Since we are celebrating the glories of tango with our opening night film, it seemed more than appropriate to give the Gloria Award on our Closing Night to the actress who so memorably gave life to a 50-year old woman named Gloria in Sebastian Lelio’s film of the same name. With her award-winning performance at the Berlin International Film Festival, the world discovered what Chileans and Latinos have known all along: that Paulina is one of our most versatile actresses. With this award, we are honoring her amazing work and her contributions as a teacher and role model to so many young actors and directors in her country,” said Pepe Vargas, founder and executive director of the International Latino Cultural Center, producer of the Chicago Latino Film Festival.

“I want to thank you, with all my heart for this honor. I am moved that you have chosen this Chilean, among so many extraordinary artists who are participating with their creations in this Festival, to receive this award. To belong to such a distinguished list of artists honored with the Gloria, like Federico Luppi and Celia Cruz, fills me with great pride,” said Garcia.

The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago established the Gloria Achievement Award in 1999 to recognize individuals and institutions that have significantly contributed to the development of the Latino community, both in Chicago and across the globe. “Gloria represents a woman in a state of glory,” says Spanish artist Juan José Eguizábal, who created the statuette. “Glory being the pinnacle of success and splendor, the highest recognition of excellence.”

Paulina has wowed theater, television and movie audiences in her native country since she professionally stepped on stage for the first time in 1983 in the lead role of Paco Rivano’s play “Where Is Jeanette?,” winning her Chile’s Association of Entertainment Journalists’ Award (APES) for Best Actress. As an actress she has appeared in over 20 plays; she made her directing debut in 1996 with Marco A. De La Parra’s play “The Dark Continent,” for which she was nominated for a Best Directing APES. She has also directed the works of such celebrated Chilean writers as Alberto Fuguet and Celeste Gomez and of such legendary playwrights as Anton Chekhov, John Osborne and Caryl Churchill.

She made her television debut in 1984 in the long running soap opera “Los Titeres” and her feature film debut in 2002 in “Three Nights on a Saturday” -an official selection of the 19th Chicago Latino Film Festival. Other film credits include: “Cachimba” (2004) -the Opening Night film for the 21st Chicago Latino Film Festival, “Casa de Remolineda” (2007) and “Génesis Nirvana” (2013). She is currently working alongside Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro and Adriana Barraza in “Los 33” about the 33 Chilean miners trapped underground for two months after the mine they worked on collapsed.

She also teaches at the Finis Terrae University in Santiago de Chile, giving workshops on stage directing, theatre acting and on-camera acting.

Tickets for Closing Night are $80 general admission / $65 for ILCC members. Admission includes a special film screening and reception offering food, libations and live entertainment. Cocktail attire is strongly encouraged. Tickets are available for purchase at or by calling (312) 431-1330.

The 30th Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) will be taking place April 3_17 and will feature over 100 feature-length and short films from Latin America, Spain, Portugal and the United States. All of the films will be shown in their original language with English subtitles. The audience will also have the opportunity to participate in discussions with local and international filmmakers after most of the screenings. The Festival will be held at the AMC River East 21 Theatres, 322 E. Illinois St.

The 30th Annual Chicago Latino Film Festival is made possible by the generous contributions of sponsors and their continued commitment to the Latino arts in Chicago:

Platinum: American Airlines – Official Airline, BMO Harris Bank, Telemundo/NBC Chicago, and Univision Chicago
Gold: Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Hoy/Chicago Tribune, JCDecaux, La Raza, and WBEZ/Vocalo, and WTTW 11
Silver: Allstate, Cine Latino, Corona Extra, DePaul University, DishLatino, Lapiz, MundoFox 13 Chicago,, TITAN, The Whitehall Hotel –Official Hotel of the 30th Chicago Latino Film Festival, and Yes! Press
Bronze: AARP, Baker & McKenzie, CAN-TV, Chicago Reader, CITGO, Consulate General of Argentina in Chicago, Consulate General of Chile in Chicago, Gozamos, Illinois Lottery, Instituto Cervantes, Lopez & Co, Prado & Renteria, Reflejos, Sam’s Club, State Farm, Tristan & Cervantes, and UNAM–Chicago

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, the Illinois Arts Council –a state agency, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Nordstrom.

This project was partially funded by a Grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Office of Tourism.


In 1985, the Chicago Latino Film Festival began with 14 films projected onto a concrete wall for 500 viewers, and has now grown into the International Latino Cultural Center (ILCC) of Chicago, a premiere cultural organization. The ILCC 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.