CHICAGO (January 27, 2016) – The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago (ILCC), producer of the Chicago Latino Film Festival, announced today that Morgan Ramberg, a Chicago based visual artist, won first place in the 20th Annual Official Chicago Latino Film Festival Poster Contest.

Morgan specializes in digitally rendered artwork, creating character-driven pieces that rely on precise geometry and computer-generated textures. She currently spends her days working as a Walgreens in-house illustrator, and her nights creating all the things she thinks up during her lunch break. Morgan has previously worked as a graphic designer for Loyola University Chicago, Bag Tags, Inc., Moira & Company, and Winthrop Intelligence. She also won the 2013 Wells Street Art Festival Poster Competition; this fair is one of the largest and most prestigious fine art fairs in the Midwest.

“For this project, I wanted to create a poster that was actor-centric while communicating clearly and beautifully the concept of Latino cinema,” said Ramberg. “This poster should be a celebration of Latino film, and the excitement of a movie premiere felt like the perfect moment to render. The vibrant colors and minimalist imagery allow the piece to stand out in many contexts, whether it’s viewed on the street or in a pamphlet. The actress’ expression is meant to suggest a kind of exuberance and fearlessness, like she couldn’t be more proud to share her work with you.”

“I’m super excited that my design was picked! I’ve been entering submissions since I was a student, and have been blown away by the creativity that artists bring to this contest each year. I love this city, and am so happy to have the chance to contribute to one of its major cultural events,” she added.

The ILCC received 1,043 submissions for this year’s poster contest. It also marked the first time the contest was opened to artists from around the world by accepting electronic submissions. Entries were received from Mexico, Colombia, Iran, Canada, Russia, Poland, China, the United Kingdom and the United States, among other countries.

Five judges in the fields of design, arts, public relations and marketing were responsible for selecting the winning poster. This year’s judges were: Jonny Arcila, Art Director, LAPIZ, Chicago; Matías Delfino, Associate Graphic Designer, United Nations, New York; Alberto March-Tobella, Photographer/Graphic Designer, Barcelona, Spain; Jorge Pomareda, Senior Creative, Cossette Chicago and winner of the 28th and 31st Chicago Latino Film Festival Poster Contest; and Alma Velasquez, Vice President, Community Affairs, BMO Harris Bank.

“This was, truly, an international gathering of talented artists and judges. It took our core mission of sharing our culture with other communities to a whole new level,” said Pepe Vargas, founder and executive director of the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago. “Our judges faced a challenging task of choosing the best from such wide range of styles and we could not be happier with the result. Morgan’s poster captures the vibrancy our cinema is currently enjoying, a vibrancy which the Chicago Latino Film Festival embraces and is a part of.”

The winning poster will become the face of the Festival, as it will be on the cover of newsprint schedules, invitations, program books, t-shirts, the Festival’s website and more. The winner receives a $1,000 cash prize.

The 32nd Chicago Latino Film Festival will take place April 8-21 at the AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St. The full program will be announced in mid-March. Sponsors of the 32nd Chicago Latino Film Festival so far include BMO Harris Bank, NBC5 Chicago, Telemundo, Hoy, DePaul University, Corona, Casa Noble Tequila, Coca-Cola, WTTW-TV and CAN-TV with more to be announced.


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 11th anniversary in the fall; Film in the Parks, now in its 11th season; the monthly Reel Film Club, already in its 7th year; and many others.

All in all, the audience has grown from 500 people in 1985 for the first Chicago Latino Film Festival to close to 70,000 (Latinos and non-Latinos), who enjoy the year-round multidisciplinary cross-cultural exchanges offered by the Center.