We are an organization enriching Chicago’s cultural scene by promoting positive images of Latinos, breaking stereotypes and bringing everyone together to experience all Latino cultures. The Chicago Latino Film Festival has been our most powerful tool to serve our communities and accomplish our mission.


The Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) is produced every April by the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago (ILCC), a pan-Latino, nonprofit, multidisciplinary arts organization dedicated to developing, promoting and increasing awareness of Latino culture among Latinos and other communities by presenting a wide variety of art forms. The Chicago Latino Film Festival began in 1985 with 14 films projected onto a concrete wall for 500 viewers, and has now grown into the ILCC, which was originally founded as Chicago Latino Cinema.

The growth of the Festival from 500 attendees to more than 35,000 in 34 years is clear evidence of the great demand for quality Latino arts programming in Chicago. During the festival, over 100 feature and shorts films from all over Latin America, Spain, Portugal and the United States are screened. The programming represents the great diversity of themes and genres of the Latino filmmaking. The two-week Festival also features opportunities for the audiences to participate in discussions with the directors at the screenings as well as at the series of special events highlighting the diversity of the Latino culture. 2018 will mark the 34th anniversary of the Chicago Latino Film Festival.


The Chicago Latino Film Festival is considered the largest, most comprehensive and best Latino film festival in the United States, and presents over 100 films of cultural and social significance from Latin America, Spain, Portugal and the U.S. The Festival stresses the importance of the artistic and educational value of film. The Festival is non-competitive. However, the most popular feature, documentary and short are given the Audience Choice Award.


The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago (ILCC) produces events throughout the year including workshops, retrospectives and premieres. In addition, the ILCC maintains a cinema library as a resource for educators, filmmakers, distributors, television stations, and our members. The film library is composed of past participating Festival films and is used for educational and non-commercial purposes.


A letter by Pepe Vargas, Founder & Executive Director of the ILCC

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