CHICAGO (April 27, 2015) – The 31st Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) announced today the winners of the Audience Choice Awards. Even though CLFF is a non-competitive festival, since 1993 the public has had the opportunity to vote for their favorite film in several categories and award them with the Audience Choice Award.
The winners are:
- Best Feature: “Love of My Loves/Amor de Mis Amores” (Mexico; Director: Manolo Caro): While Carlos travels to Madrid with the excuse of looking for best friend Javier to make sure he attends his wedding with Lucia, the latter runs over cyclist Leon while talking on her cell phone. It’s love at first sight for her. Unfortunately, Leon is about to marry Ana, who also happens to be in Spain. Ana and Carlos eventually cross paths complicating an already difficult situation for all four in this classic romantic comedy about finding true love.
- Runner Up: “3 Beauties/3 bellezas” (Venezuela; Director: Carlos Caridad Montero)
- Best Documentary: “The Hand that Feeds” (USA; Directors: Robin Blotnick and Rachel Lears): Blotnicks’ and Lears’ poignant and timely documentary follows a group of undocumented immigrant workers as they decide to fight back against their employer, a New York café, by unionizing. In one year, they will have to overcome pressure from their bosses and dissidence within their own group as they receive the support of the Occupy Wall Street protesters. “The Hand that Feeds” puts a face to the daily struggle of thousands of undocumented immigrants.
- Runner Up: “Heaven or Hell/Infierno o Paraíso” (Colombia; Director: Germán Piffano)
- Best Short: “I, the Worst of All/Yo, La Peor de Todas” (Spain, USA, Venezuela; Director: Francisco Lupini Basagoiti): A peculiar woman without scruples retells the reasons why she wants to end her current relationship once and for all. When she finally feels that she has convinced the viewers and herself that she is really ready to end things with her boyfriend, she heads over to meet with him and is met with an unexpected surprise.
- Runner Up: “A Priceless Woman” (USA; Director: Alaric S. Rocha)
Produced by the International Latino Cultural Center, the 31st Annual Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) took place April 9th_23rd and featured over 120 feature-length and short films from Latin America, Spain, Portugal and the United States at the AMC River East 21.
The 31st 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: BMO Harris Bank, Telemundo and Univision
Gold: Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Hoy/Chicago Tribune, JCDecaux, La Raza, Verizon and WTTW 11
Silver: Allstate, Corona Extra, DePaul University, Lapiz, MyHabanero.com, TITAN, Whitehall Hotel – Official Hotel of the 31st Chicago Latino Film Festival, and Yes! Press
Bronze: AARP, Aeromexico, Baker & McKenzie, CAN-TV, Chicago Reader, CITGO, Consulate General of Argentina in Chicago, Consulate General of Chile in Chicago, Consulate General of Venezuela in Chicago, Copa Airlines, Gozamos, Lopez & Co, Prado & Renteria, Reflejos, Tequila Casanova and Tristan & Cervantes
ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT
In addition to the corporate sponsorship, the Chicago Latino Film Festival receives additional 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.
ABOUT THE ILCC
The International Latino Cultural Center 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.
Born out of the Chicago Latino Film Festival, The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago also produces other programs, including the Latino Music Festival, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary in the Fall; Film in the Parks, also in its 10th season; the monthly Reel Film Club, already in its 6th year; and many others.
All in all, the audience has grown from 500 people in 1985 for the first Chicago Latino Film Festival to more than 70,000 (Latinos and non-Latinos), who enjoy the year-round multidisciplinary cross-cultural exchanges offered by the Center.