San Diego Latino film festival returns with 185 films

10/03/2010 at 10:09 pm Leave a comment


The SDLFF may be the only chance to view some of the foreign films because many won’t be released in the U.S.

Film buffs rejoice — the 17th annual San Diego Latino Film Festival kicks off this week at Ultrastar Mission Valley Cinema. Hosted by Media Arts Center San Diego, the festival boasts 185 films honoring the best in cinema from Mexico, Spain, Cuba, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Columbia, Peru, Venezuela and the United States.

The festival was host to about 20,000 attendees last year, including some notable guests from the Latino film community. This year, attendance is expected to be even greater, as interest in this year’s crop of films has grown.

“These are some of the best Latin American films in the world,” festival curator Lisa Franek said. “Chances are this is the only opportunity students will ever get to see them since most of them will never be released in theaters in the U.S.”

The festival offers a plethora of films that will appeal to students, from Argentinean horror flick “Los Aparecidos” to Mexican sci-fi “2033” to “Solo Quiero Caminar,” a gangster film starring one of Mexico’s brightest stars, Diego Luna.

The festival will show a variety of films in several aptly named categories including Cine Gay, Cine’macion, Cine Mujer, Frontera Filmmakers Program and Para la Familia, just to name a few. While the SDLFF is open to the public, Innovations and Programming Director Patric Stillman calls it a perfect venue for aspiring student filmmakers.

“Student groups often come to see specific documentaries, local filmmakers and participate in Reel Talks,” Stillman said.

For those interested in more than just the film screenings, the festival is a great opportunity to take part in programs such as “Reel Talks,” live workshops and panel discussions. For $9.50, participants can take a look at music video production in “Cinestesia: Music Video Workshop” while mingling with professionals from MTV and EMI Latin.

In addition to screenings and workshops, those with all-access passes can partake in the New Media Tent and opening and closing night galas, hosted by the Media Arts Center. This year, dozens of producers, directors, writers, actors and actresses will appear on the panels as well as at the screenings.

For a full list of special guests and information about tickets and films, visit the San Diego Latino Film Festival’s Web site at www.sdlatinofilm.com

Where we saw this article? In thedailyaztec.com

Entry filed under: ARGENTINIAN CINEMA, BRAZILIAN CINEMA, CHILEAN CINEMA, COLOMBIAN CINEMA, CUBAN CINEMA, LATIN AMERICAN FILM, MEXICAN CINEMA, PERUVIAN CINEMA, SAN DIEGO LATINO FILM FEST, SPANISH CINEMA, VENEZUELA CINEMA. Tags: , , , .

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