Chicago Latino Film Festival

Pepe Vargas • Executive Director of the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago and The Chicago Latino Film Festival.

A Message

From Our

Director

Pepe Vargas

You’ve heard and read the story countless times of how one small festival started projecting a handful of films against a wall in St. Augustine College in front of a total audience of 500. Of how that small festival that celebrates Iberoamerican cinema in all its forms, today shows about five times the number of shorts and features to over 35,000 attendees. And of how that small festival led to the creation of a multidisciplinary organization, the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago, that not only programs films, but also music, theater, dance, literary and culinary events, among many other cultural expressions. I myself have proudly told that story plenty of times.

And here we are, 40 years later. During these past four decades, the Chicago Latino Film Festival has introduced audiences to the new voices of Iberoamerican cinema and the latest works by its masters. It has also, in its own unique way, documented the history of this art form in our continent, with all its ups and downs. An arts festival is as good as the art created by its guest artists. 

This year we received close to 725 submissions out of which we selected 50 features and 35 shorts. Those numbers reflect the abundance of offerings coming from our Pan-Latino diaspora and how difficult it is to select what will play at our Festival. Add those numbers to the many Iberoamerican films shown at other festivals or receiving a theatrical or streaming release and collectively we are barely showing the tip of the iceberg. This is a good problem to have. 

Out of those 50 features, half are first features, which is another testament to the vitality and vibrancy of 21st Century Iberoamerican cinema. And yet, regrettably, many of these films go unremarked upon, not to mention ignored, by most critics in the United States. As a festival, we have an obligation to break through this wall of silence and we will continue to do so until they give our filmmakers and their work the attention they deserve.

I am deeply grateful to Mike Angell and the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation for partnering with us in this 40th anniversary celebration. Mike’s unwavering commitment to the arts in Chicago and his continued support of the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago has been vital in these challenging times. 

I have always been blessed to receive the support of so many people and institutions who still believe in the role our Festival, the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago, and the arts play in our society. So, to our funders and sponsors, volunteers, staff, filmmakers, the Film Selection Committee members, our board of directors and, most important of all, you…THANK YOU! 

See you at the movies!

Pepe Vargas

Founder and Executive Director 

International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago

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Schedule

40th CLFF
Box Office & Schedule

day 01
20 April
day 02
21 April
day 03
22 April
3:00pm
Century Landmark Cinema
3:15pm
Century Landmark Cinema
3:30pm
Century Landmark Cinema
4:00pm
Century Link Cinema
5:45pm
Century Landmark Cinema
6:00pm
Century Landmark Cinema
6:30pm
Century Landmark Cinema
7:00pm
Century Landmark Cinema
8:30pm
Century Landmark Cinema
8:45pm
Century Landmark Cinema
9:00pm
Century Landmark Cinema
3:30pm
Century Landmark Cinema
3:30pm
Century Landmark Cinema
3:45pm
Century Landmark Cinema
4:00pm
Century Landmark Cinema
6:45pm
Century Landmark Cinema
7:00pm
Century Landmark Cinema
9:30pm
Century Landmark Cinema
5:50pm
The Davis Theatre

Features & Shorts

Director
Miguel Ángel Rocca
2023
90 min.
The Bubble • La Burbuja
Argentina, Argentina
Director
Alberto Lecchi
Argentina
104 min.
Let's Take A Walk Valentina • Caminemos Valentina
2023, Argentina
Director
Agustin Godoy
Argentina
100 min.
Long Time No Sleep • Hace Mucho Tiempo Que No Duermo
2022, Argentina
Director
Nicolás Tuozzo
Argentina
103 min.
A Flower In The Mud • Una Flor En El Barro
2023, Argentina
Director
Diego Revollo
Bolivia
72 min.
Llaki • Llaki
2023, Bolivia
Director
Guto Parente
Brazil
84 min.
A Strange Path • Estranho Caminho
2023, Brazil
Director
João Jardim
Brazil
125 min.
The Polish Women • As Polacas
2023, Brazil
Director
George Walker Torres
Brazil
85 min.
Woman Who Cries • A Mulher que Chora
2023, Brazil
Director
Felipe Carmona
Chile
104 min.
Prison in the Andes • Penal Cordillera
2023, Chile
Director
Martin Duplaquet
Chile
110 min.
No One • El Fantasma
2023, Chile
Director
Diego Rougier
Chile
106 min.
The Disconnected • Desconectados
2022, Chile
Director
Daniel Peralta
Chile
109 min.
Primera Persona
2023, Chile
Director
Simón Elías
Colombia
90 min.
Corozo
2024, Colombia
Director
Sean Mattison
Colombia
98 min.
Petro
2023, Colombia
Director
Felipe Holguin
Colombia
83 min.
La Suprema
2023, Colombia
Director
Flora Martínez
Colombia
88 min.
Itzia, Tango & Cacao
2023, Colombia
Director
Gustavo Fallas
Costa Rica
90 min.
Lázaro's Daughter • La Hija De Lázaro
2023, Costa Rica
Director
Alan González
Cuba
93 min.
Wild Woman • La Mujer Salvaje
2023, Cuba
Director
Patricia Ramos
Cuba
93 min.
A Night With The Rolling Stones • Una Noche Con Los Rolling Stones
2023, Cuba
Director
Pablo Chea
Dominican Republic
92 min.
Croma Kid
2023, Dominican Republic
Director
Francisco Adolfo Váldez
Dominican Republic
72 min.
The Trek • El Trayecto
2023, Dominican Republic
Director
Jamaal Hepher
Ecuador
124 min.
Two Days In Quito • 2 Días en Quito
2023, Ecuador
Director
Lila Penagos
Ecuador
80 min.
Not A Bedtime Story • Cuentos Para No Dormir 
2023, Ecuador
Director
Julio López
El Salvador
65 min.
Indigo • Añil
2023, El Salvador
Director
Will Parrinello
Honduras
89 min.
Water For Life • Agua Es Vida
2023, Honduras
Director
Miguel Salgado
Mexico
105 min.
Shame • Vergüenza
2023, Mexico
Director
Montserrat Larqué
Mexico
102 min.
Over There, Love Is a Destiny • Allá, Cartas al Corazón
2022, Mexico
Director
Mario Lucero Beauregard
Mexico
97 min.
The Recurrent Patients • Los Paciente Recurrentes
2022, Mexico
Director
Enrique Begné
Mexico
94 min.
Total Loss • Pérdida Total
2023, Mexico
Director
Camilos de Castro / Brad Allgood
Nicaragua / USA
83 min.
Patrol • Patrullaje
2023, Nicaragua
Director
Michael Kovich Jr.
Paraguay
87 min.
The Apartment • El Apartamento
2023, Paraguay
Director
Augusto Tamayo
Peru
140 min.
The Inheritance of Flora • La Herencia de Flora
2024, Peru
Director
Adrían Saba
Peru
82 min.
The Erection of Toribio Bardelli • La Erección De Toribio Bardelli
2023, Peru
Director
Borja Alcalde
Peru
90 min.
The Sacred Family • La Sagrada Familia
2022, Peru
Director
Gustavo Ramos Perales
Puerto Rico
75 min.
Feet in the Sand • Pies En La Arena
2023, Puerto Rico
Director
Raul García
Puerto Rico
119 min.
 The Kings of Salsa • Los Reyes De La Salsa
2022, Puerto Rico
Director
Rey Figueroa
2023
140 min.
Once Upon A Time In The Caribbean • Érase Una Vez En El Caribe
2023, Puerto Rico
Director
Jaione Camborda
Spain
105 Min.
The Rye Horn • O Corno
2023, Spain
Director
Silvia Munt
Spain
93 min.
In The Company Of Women • Las Buenas Compañías
2023, Spain
Director
Patricia Font
Spain
105 min.
The Teacher Who Promised The Sea • El Maestro Que Prometió El Mar
2023, Spain
Director
Violeta Salama
Spain
105 min.
Alegría
2023, Spain
Director
Laura González
Uruguay
80 min.
Milonga
2023, Uruguay
Director
Juan Manuel Solé
Uruguay
84 min.
Happily Ever After • Julio, Felices Por Siempre
2022, Uruguay
Director
Alonso Álvarez
United States
127 min.
The Wingwalker
2023, USA
Director
Clara Cullen
United States
90 min.
Manuela
2023, USA
Director
Carlos Caridad Montero
Venezuela
111 min.
Children Of The Revolution • Hijos De La Revolución
2023, Venezuela
Director
Joanna Nelson
Venezuela
110 min
Hunger • Hambre 
2024, Venezuela
Director
Kattia G. Zúñiga
Panama
80 min.
Sister & Sister • Las Hijas
2023, Panama
Director
Iván Bustinduy
Argentina
19 min.
SHORT FILM: Animal Transport • Carga Animal
2023, Argentina
Director
Vito Petek
Argentina
14 min.
SHORT FILM: The Afternoons • Las Tardes
2023, Argentina
Director
Leonardo Martinelli
Brazil
15 min.
SHORT FILM: A Bird Called Memory • Pássaro Memória
2023, Brazil
Director
Anderson Bardot
Brazil
20 min.
SHORT FILM: I Seek Your Help To Bury A Man • Procuro Teu Auxílio Para Enterrar Um Homem 
2023, Brazil
Director
Roger Gomes Ghil
Brazil
20 min.
SHORT FILM: Mend • Remendo
2023, Brazil
Director
Leonardo Pirondi
Brazil
16 min.
SHORT FILM: Vision of Paradise • Visão do Paraíso
2022, Brazil
Director
Luis Vicente Fresno
Chile
SHORT FILM
SHORT FILM: La Casa de Arena • The House of Sand
2023, Chile
Director
Leticia Akel Escárate
Chile
20 min.
SHORT FILM: Yaya
2023, Chile
Director
Pedro Fontaine
Chile
18 min.
SHORT FILM: Una Isla Brillante
2023, Chile
Director
Ismael García Ramírez
Colombia
19 min.
SHORT FILM: Entre Las Sombras Arden Mundos
2023, Colombia
Director
Nemo Allen
Colombia
15 min.
SHORT FILM: El Bastón
2023, Colombia
Director
Kim Torres
Costa Rica
18 min.
SHORT FILM: Solo La Luna Comprenderá
2023, Costa Rica
Director
Gabriel Páez
Ecuador
17 min.
SHORT FILM: Maura
2023, Ecuador
Director
José Cardoso
Ecuador / RSA
29 min.
SHORT FILM: What the Soil Remembers
2022, Ecuador
Director
Carla Melo Gampert
Colombia / France
14 min.
SHORT FILM: La Perra
2023, Colombia
Director
Natalia Bermúdez
Mexico
20 min.
SHORT FILM: Apnea
2023, Mexico
Director
Amauta García, David Camargo
Mexico
10 min.
SHORT FILM: Coo • Arrullo
2023, Mexico
Director
Karla D. Oceguera
Mexico
14 min.
SHORT FILM: Till Your Soul Dances • Hasta Que El Alma Baile
2023, Mexico
Director
Gerardo Coello Escalante
Mexico
13 min.
SHORT FILM: Business Trip • Viaje de Negocios
2023, Mexico
Director
Mateo Vega
Peru / Netherlands
18 min.
SHORT FILM: Center, Ring, Mall
2023, Peru
Director
Rita Barbosa
Portugal
16 min.
SHORT FILM: 2nd Person • 2ª Pessoa
2023, Portugal
Director
Diogo Baldaia
Portugal
9 min.
SHORT FILM: Why Are You Image Plus?
2023, Portugal
Director
Daniel Soares
Portugal
14 min.
SHORT FILM: Please Make It Work
2023, Portugal
Director
Ricardo Varona
Puerto Rico
22 min.
SHORT FILM: Cousins • Primos
2023, Puerto Rico
Director
Manuel Muñoz Rivas
Spain
25 min.
SHORT FILM: Aqueronte
2023, Spain
Director
Patricio Martínez, Francisco Cantón
Spain / Argentina
17 min.
SHORT FILM: None Of That • Nada de Todo Esto
2023, Spain
Director
Guillermo García López
Spain
15 min.
SHORT FILM: Even Though It's Nighttime • Aunque Es De Noche
2023, Spain
Director
Helena Girón, Samuel M. Delgado
Spain
18 min.
SHORT FILM: Bloom
2023, Spain
Director
Lle Godoy
Spain
14 min.
SHORT FILM: Embedded • Encajada
2023, Spain
Director
Santiago Ráfales
Spain
19 min.
SHORT FILM: The Things To Come • L'Avenir
2023, Spain
Director
Jesús Lacorte
Spain
19 min.
SHORT FILM: To Die Before Dying • Morir Antes de Morir
2023, Spain
Director
Jeffrey Gabriel Silva
United States of America
14 min.
SHORT FILM: The Black Monk
2023, USA
Director
Natalia Luque Barrios
Chile/USA
18 min.
SHORT FILM: So They Say • Así Dicen
2023, USA
Director
Diego Andres Murillo
Venezuela
12 min.
SHORT FILM: Transatlantic Malaise • Malestar Transatlántico
2023, Venezuela
Director
Halder Gomes
Portugal
140 min.
Red Monet • Vermelho Monet
2022, Portugal
Director
Edgar Pêra
Portugal
90 min.
The Nothingness Club • Náo Sou Nada
2022, Portugal
Director
A. Plancher
Haiti
9 min.
SHORT FILM: Konpa
2023, Haiti

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