December 3, 2004

The San Diego Latino Film Festival: Call for Entries

By Geneva Gamez

The Media Arts Center San Diego’s internationally recognized San Diego Latino Film Festival, soars into a second decade of impressive and exhilarating new activities, special events and initiatives for the upcoming year.

What was established as a student film festival focusing on works by Latinos and/or about the Latino Experience, eleven years ago, the San Diego Latino Film Festival has since grown to be one of the largest and most well respected Latino film festivals in the country.

The geographical and cultural position of the San Diego/ Tijuana Border Region is of great advantage, making the festival a premiere venue for the exhibition of international and U.S. Latino features, shorts and documentaries, and serving as an attraction to an international audience. During the past ten years, over 75,000 people have attended, and a total of 780 films and videos from across Latin America and the United States have been screened.

To this day the San Diego Latino Film Festival continues to evolve, and is now distinguishing itself by expanding into other mediums of expressions, always with the optimum goal of promoting Latinos and Latino culture in a most positive manner. One of the newest expansions of expression at the festival is ¡ARTE LATINO! going on its second year in 2005. Due to the undeniable significance of art in film, and the continued influence of technology on the visual arts, the Media Arts Center San Diego has developed this program to promote local emerging artists by allowing them to exhibit their work at various local galleries as well as onsite of the festival.

In addition, the festival will again be showcasing the newborn Concerts @ the Fest, ¡Sonido Latino! which highlights up and coming performers such as musicians, poets, and dancers, giving them the unique opportunity to perform during the festival. Last year, performers like Quetzal and Agua Dulce took over the spotlight.

The San Diego Latino Film Festival is all in all a positive combination of local and international talent gathered under one roof not only to support the Latino community, but to engage in a shared interest: Art. Whether it be film, music, paintings, digital artwork, poetry, or simply the attractive ambiance, the SDLFF is a unique experience and a great way to support the arts.

Past festival guests have included such renowned individuals as John Leguizamo, Alfonso Cuaron, Diego Luna, Gael Garcia, Carlos Carrera, Rodrigo Prieto, Alex Lora, Lupe Ontiveros, Bruno Bichir, Tony Plana, Elpidia Carrillo, Humberto Solas, Dennis Leoni, Arturo Ripstein, Paul Rodriguez, Patssi Valdez, Luis Valdez, Gregory Nava, Edward James Olmos, Lourdes Portillo, Moctesuma Esparza, Ray Bradbury, Jacob Vargas, Patricia Velasquez, Fernando Sariñana, Lucia Murat, Nancy de los Santos, Vanessa Bauche, and hundreds of other emerging and established Latino filmmakers.

The Twelfth Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival (SDLFF) is now accepting entries from filmmakers, artists, and performers (musicians, poets, dancers), that are “by”, “about”, or “for” the Latino experience for SDLFF 2005. SDLFF will take place March 10-20, 2005 at the Mann Theaters at the Hazard Center located in our very own city of San Diego. Last year’s festival was attended by an audience of 15,000 actively-engaged film lovers, filmmakers, actors, programmers, distributors, industry representatives and journalists.

For more information regarding the San Diego Latino Film Festival contact Ethan Van Thillo at the Media Arts Center San Diego 921 25th Street San Diego, CA 92102, (619)-230-1938 or visit:

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