The San Diego Latino Film Festival has been going strong for 21 years – and doesn’t show any signs of stopping. What began as a small showcase for student art has grown into one of the largest and most well-respected Latino film festivals in the country.
More than 265,000 people have attended the festival the past few years, and over 3,760 films from across Latin America and the United States have been screened since the festival began in 1993.
Stars such as Gael García Bernal of Motorcycle Diaries fame and Diego Luna, who starred in Y Tu Mamá También,have made appearances nearly every year, and continue to support the festival and what it stands for.
This year’s festival runs March 13th – 23rd, and you can purchase either individual movie tickets for $111 if you have a few picked out, or buy a Film Pass for $100 that includes entrance to 11 films. There is also a Festival Pass available for $200, which includes over 100 programs, VIP seating, no waiting in lines (always a plus!), 1 year FREE Media Arts Center of San Diego membership, and entrance into all 3 Festival Galas. Just interested in seeing a few movies and not spending too much money? Grab the 5-Movie Ticket Pack for $45 on their website.
Venues will be easy to get to and spread throughout the county. This year they include UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at the Hazard Center, Digital Gym Cinema, Cafe Sevilla, the Port Pavilion on the Broadway Pier, and Bassmnt.
What makes this particular film festival so unique is that it highlights certain media that wouldn’t otherwise be available to the public, such as Gay & Lesbian, Jewish-Latino, and women filmmakers, as well as a youth media showcase. Thanks to the Media Art Center San Diego (MACSD), which grew out of the expansion of the San Diego Latino Film Festival, more youth and marginalized cultures have had a chance to speak out and get their work into the public eye.
Will you be checking out the Latino Film Festival this year? Let us know and share your experiences in the comments below or on Facebook!
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