Looking for a Latino Film Festival Near You? Here's a List From Across the United States

For a list of Latino movies playing across the United States head over to our Screenings page, but in case you want to add your local film festival to your calendar we put together this blog post. If you're a director this is also a good place to start looking at the festivals you want to submit your film to. For you film fanatics and cinenerds, you can pick a fest to volunteer at in exchange for free tickets. Here are the Latino film festivals we're keeping our eye on.


January

Palm Springs International Film Festival (California) 
An international festival with a good selection of Latin American films.

Borrego Springs Film Festival (California)
A local film festival with a Latino film section.

Neighboring Scenes: New Latin American Cinema (New York)
This selective slate of premieres highlights impressive recent productions from across the region playing at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.


February

Festival of New Spanish Cinema (Multiple cities)
A project of Pragda, this is a traveling festival of recent films from Spain, usually touring from February to June of each year.

Cinema Tropical Festival (New York) 
Cinema Tropical gives awards to the best Latin American films of the year based on a well-respected jury of film curators, directors, and industry professionals. They screen the prizewinning films in this series.

CineFestival (San Antonio, TX)
Each Spring some of the best in contemporary U.S. and international Latino movies screen at the Guadalupe Theater in San Antonio. It's the nation's longest-running Latino film festival.


March

Miami International Film Festival  
A very strong selection of Latin American films.

Gasparilla International Film Festival
Many Latin American films are always included in its lineup.

Houston Latino Film Festival
Latin American and US Latino films.

San Diego Latino Film Festival 
One of the nation’s biggest Latino film festivals. 

The Latina Film Festival (Ventura, CA) 
The Museum of Ventura County provides Latina screenwriters, directors, and producers the opportunity to promote and showcase their art.


April

Chicago Latino Film Festival 
Possibly the longest-running and broadest Latino film fest in the United States.

Arizona International Film Festival
Includes a selection of Latin American, U.S. Latino and indigenous films.

Havana Film Festival New York 
Films from Latin American and the US, with an emphasis on Cuban film.

XicanIndie (Colorado) 
Denver’s own Latino film fest.

Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival
This international film festival includes a CineLatino section.

Sunscreen Film Festival (Florida)
Long-running film festival with a large component of films from Latin America and US Latinos.

Latin Wave (Texas)
A showcase of recent Latin American film presented annually by the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.


May

Cine Las Americas Film Festival (Texas) 
A long-running and broad Latino film fest, also has year-round screenings.

Viva Latino Film Festival (New York) 
A new film festival focusing on US Latino films.

Hola Mexico Film Festival  (Los Angeles)
Recent films from Mexico.


June

Philadelphia Latino Film Festival
Both international and US Latino film.

The Americas Film Festival New York
Aims to present the diversity of cultures in the Americas.


September

AFI Latin American Film Festival (Maryland) 
Another long-running and comprehensive film festival, with Iberian and Latin American films.

Ambulante Documentary Film Festival (California) 
The American version of the Mexico-based Ambulante festival.

Brazilian Film Festival of Miami
Annual presentation of the latest Brazilian film; also has year-round programming.

Boston Latino International Film Festival 
Shorts and features from Latin American and US Latinos.

Cine Magnifico (New Mexico)
Albuquerque's Latino Film Festival offers all genres of film over a long weekend.

Gainesville Latino Film Festival
Artistic and educational films by or about Latinos - usually with free admission.

San Francisco Latino Film Festival
Presented by Cine+Mas, the festival also co-sponsors screenings with other festivals and presents special screenings year-round.

Tulipanes Latino Art & Film Festival (Michigan) 
Includes film, music and art.

Providence Latino Film Festival
Recent films from Latin America.

Urbanworld (NYC) 
Presents recent films from or about people of color.


October

Georgia Latino Film Festival
Mostly US Latino films.

Seattle Latino Film Festival   
Includes both international US Latino films.

Corto Circuito (NYC)
Shorts from Latin America, US Latinos and Spain.


November

Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival 
Always has a strong selection of Latin American films.


December

Santa Fe Film Festival   
Usually includes a selection of Latino and Native American films.


 

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