The 32nd Chicago Latino Film Festival Announces the Winners of the Audience Choice Award


CHICAGO (April 26, 2016) – The 32nd 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:

  • Feature: Illusions S.A./Ilusiones S.A. (Mexico; Director: Roberto Girault): Starring Jaime Camil (Jane the Virgin) and set in Campeche, México in the 1950s, “Illusions S.A.” centers around an agency that turns your deepest fantasies, wishes and even lies into reality. A noble grandfather has, through fictitious letters, lied to his wife about the true nature of his grandson who left their house more than 20 years ago. After the grandson apparently dies when the ship carrying him back to México sinks in the ocean, the firm’s director (Camil) and a recent recruit (Adriana Louvier) take on the mission of posing as the grandson and his wife. But things get out of hand when the real grandson pops up with demands of his own.
    • Runner Ups/Features: Breathless Time/Tiempo Sin Aire (Colombia; Directors: Samuel Martín Mateos and Andrés Luque Pérez) and One Night Stand (United States; Director: Alonzo Alcaraz)
  • Documentary: Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel García Márquez/Gabo: La Magia de lo Real (Colombia/Spain; Director: Justin Webster): Justin Webster’s extraordinary documentary about one of Latin America’s most beloved and influential writers and thinkers is a must-see for lovers of literature and film. Through archival footage, interviews with writers, political leaders, relatives, and men and women on the streets, and the words of García Márquez himself, Webster thoroughly follows the artistic, political and personal evolution of this law-school dropout and political journalist who won the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature.
    •  Runner Ups: Our Last Tango/Un Tango Más (Argentina/Germany; Director: German Kral) and Landfill Harmonic (Paraguay/USA; Directors: Brad Allgood and Graham Townsley)
  • Shorts: Number 2: If I Were Marilyn; Número 2: Si Yo Fuera Marilyn (Spain; Director: JC Falcón):  Clari is going out tonight and she’s on a mission to hook up with a guy that her friend decided to stand up. They’ll spend the night together and he’ll want to see her again; he could very well be the man of her dreams. It all seems too good to be true for Clari not to spoil it.
    • Runner Ups: Zombies (Argentina; Director: Sebastián Dietsch) and The Good Night/La Noche Buena (Cuba/USA; Director: Alex Mallis)

Produced by the International Latino Cultural Center, the 32nd Annual Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) took place April 8th_21st and screened 74 feature-length and 42 short films from Latin America, Spain, Portugal and the United States at the AMC River East 21.

The 33rd Chicago Latino Film Festival will take place April 20th-May 4th, 2017.

The 32nd Chicago Latino Film Festival is made possible by the generous contributions of sponsors and their continued commitment to the Latino arts in Chicago:

  • Gold: Corona Extra, BMO Harris Bank, AMC Independent, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Univision, JCDecaux, La Raza, NBC5 Chicago, Telemundo, Xfinity and WTTW 11
  • Silver: DePaul University, AARP, United Airlines, Whitehall Hotel, Intersection and Yes! Press
  • Bronze: Baker & McKenzie, CAN-TV, Coca-Cola, Consulate General of Argentina in Chicago, Consulate General of Chile in Chicago, Copa Airlines, Lopez & Co, Prado & Renteria, Tequila Casa Noble and Tristan & Cervantes.

The Chicago Latino Film Festival receives additional support from: Chicago Reader, DNAInfo Chicago, the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Latino Scoop, the National Endowment for the Arts, Nordstrom, Prince Charitable Trust and Reflejos.

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 edition in the Fall; Film in the Parks, also 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 more than 70,000 (Latinos and non-Latinos) who enjoy the year-round multidisciplinary cross-cultural exchanges offered by the Center.