The San Diego Latino Film Festival Is More Than Just Movies

The San Diego Latino Film Festival (SDLFF) has been around for 24 years showcasing work by Latin America directors and U.S. Latinos. But it's not just movies - guests get to sample food and beverages at Sabor Latino, and enjoy free music for the whole family at Sonido Latino.  

After grabbing a bite, a few drinks, and catching some Latin tunes, there are lots of movies to see. Here are the highlights.

Local Filmmakers

Local San Diego and Tijuana directors are featured in the Frontera Filmmakers series.  Luis Martinez' comedy Slap Worthy (USA), Agustin Castaneda's comedy Ruta Madre (USA, Mexico), and Osiris Luciano's documentary Mextasy (USA, Mexico) combine to give a good look at the region. Local producer Monika Tuncbilek's Honduran comedy Y Los Tamales? rounds out the showcase.

Arturo Ripstein Tribute

Arturo Ripstein is one of Mexico's most acclaimed filmmakers, having started as an assistant director on Luis Buñuel's El Ángel exterminador in 1962 and later collaborating with such famous Latin American authors as Carlos Fuentes and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The Arturo Ripstein Tribute brings three of the Mexican director's films together for a deeper look at his work. It includes his comedy La Perdición de los Hombres from 2000, 2011's Las Razones del Corazón and his most recent film, La Calle de la Amargura.

Family Films Showcase

The Para la Familia film showcase features three several, motivational, and unforgettable films that submerge you in cinematic worlds where no dream is too big and no challenge is unsurpassable. Suitable for festival attendees of all ages! Highlights includes: María Novaro's Tesoros - an enchanting adventure film about a group of friends who embark on a treasure hunt - and Pasos de héroe about a 10-year old amputee who wants to play soccer.

Cine Gay 

For the 12th year in a row, SDLFF presents Cine Gay, a showcase focused on films about the LGBTQ community. Highlights include: a program of short films and the documentaries Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America and The Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four

Viva Mujeres

This series focus on female storytellers and their work. Highlights include: the documentary Ovarian Psycos and Chilean drama Rara.

Cinelandia is proud to be a media sponsor of the San Diego Latino Film Festival.