The full program for the Festival, originally scheduled for April and now taking place September 18-27, will be announced in late August
CHICAGO (August 3, 2020) – The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago announced today that the 36th Chicago Latino Film Festival will shift to a virtual format and will take place from September 18-27. The Festival was originally scheduled for April 16-30 at the AMC River East 21 Theatres, but was postponed on March 13th when Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot ordered all events of a 1,000 or more attendees to be canceled or postponed.

“We have been closely monitoring developments since we announced our postponement and even though we were hoping to incorporate a live element alongside the virtual one, the recent spike of COVID-19 cases across the nation and the uncertainty that still hangs over most movie theaters opening led us to embrace what feels like a new normal for most film festivals,” said Pepe Vargas, Founder and Executive Director of the International Latino Cultural Center, producer    of the Chicago Latino Film Festival, about the decision to go fully virtual.
“Now more than ever, we need to share the stories these brilliant filmmakers from Latin America, Spain, Portugal and the United States have created. If there is one major lesson this pandemic has taught us is that the arts are crucial to our lives. Even though I will miss that human interaction that is such a vital part of the Festival experience, I am also excited about the opportunity a virtual edition of our Festival offers in sharing these stories with a larger audience. The possibilities are endless,” added Vargas.

Festival organizers expect to show a significant number of the films already selected as part of this virtual experience; the full program, as well as ticketing information, will be announced in mid to late August. Plans are also being hashed out for potential live and pre-taped virtual Q&As with select filmmakers. For updates, visit or our Facebook page @ChicagoLatinoFilmFestival.

The 36th Chicago Latino Film Festival is made possible by the generous contributions of sponsors and their continued commitment to the Latino arts and culture in Chicago:

Gold: Corona Extra

Silver: Allstate, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Delta Air Lines – Aeromexico, DePaul University, The Whitehall Hotel, Yes! Press

Bronze: Coca-Cola, Consulate General of Chile in Chicago, Illinois Lottery, Lopez & Co, Prado & Renteria, Tristan & Cervantes, US Bank

Media Sponsors: CAN-TV, Chicago Latino Network, Chicago Reader, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, La Raza, Mike Oquendo Events, NBC Chicago/Telemundo Chicago, Univision Chicago, WBEZ-FM/Vocalo, WTTW

The Chicago Latino Film Festival receives additional support from: Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Chicago Community Trust/Art Works Fund, The Field Foundation of Illinois, The Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The Illinois Arts Council –a State Agency, The Illinois Board of Tourism, the Illinois Film Office, The Joyce Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, Nordstrom, The Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, The Reva & David Logan Foundation, and The MacArthur Fund for Culture, Equity, and the Arts at Prince.

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.

The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago also produces other programs, including the year-round Latino Music Series, Film in the Parks, the monthly Reel Film Club, and many others. Audiences have grown from 500 people in 1985 for the first Chicago Latino Film Festival to more than 50,000 (Latinos and non-Latinos) who enjoy the year-round multidisciplinary cross-cultural exchanges offered by the Center.