The International Latino Cultural Center Announces Dates for the 32nd Chicago Latino Film Festival

CHICAGO (May 4, 2015) – The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago announced today that the 32nd Chicago Latino Film Festival will be held April 7-21, 2016.

“Even with the changing media and sponsorship landscape, we made the impossible happen this year thanks to our sponsors and a team of committed volunteers and full and part-time staffers. Our pledge, year after year, is to provide our audiences with the greatest movie-going experience. The 31st Chicago Latino Film Festival is over but the work to make the 32nd Chicago Latino Film Festival even better than this past one has begun,” said Pepe Vargas, founder and executive director of the International Latino Cultural Center.

Held April 9-23, the 31st Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) featured over 120 feature-length and short films from Latin America, Spain, Portugal and the United States. Of those, 81 were feature-length films, 43 of which were directed by first-time feature filmmakers, and 41 were shorts. Close to 70 filmmakers –including directors, actors, producers and writers– attended the two week event and shared with audiences their insights and experiences. It even featured the World Premiere of the Mexican comedy “Grandma’s Birthday” (“El cumple de la abuela”) directed by Javier Colinas and featuring Mexican legend Susana Alexander in the title role. The cast and crew of the film traveled to Chicago for the film’s first showing on Monday, April 13th.

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 of the award this year were: the Mexican comedy “Love of My Loves/Amor de Mis Amores” (Mexico; Director: Manolo Caro) in the best feature category; “The Hand that Feeds” (USA; Directors: Robin Blotnick and Rachel Lears), best documentary; and best short, “I, the Worst of All/Yo, La Peor de Todas” (Spain, USA, Venezuela; Director: Francisco Lupini Basagoiti.

Next in the agenda for the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago: the 10th anniversary of the Films in the Park program, presented in collaboration with the Chicago Park District; the sixth season of their monthly Reel Film Club series; and the 10th anniversary of the Latino Music Festival in the fall. The full schedule for Films in the Park will be announced in mid-May and the schedule for the Latino Music Festival will be unveiled late summer.

SPONSORS
The 31st Annual Chicago Latino Film Festival was 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 Casa Noble 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.

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ABOUT THE ILCC
The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago (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.

Born out of the Chicago Latino Film Festival, The ILCC 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.