13TH LOS ANGELES LATINO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Sunday, October 11 – Friday, October 16, 2009
Mann Chinese 6 Cinemas • Hollywood
Celebrating the Diversity & Richness of Latino Cinema in Hollywood
Hollywood rolls out the red carpet for the best Latino Cinema from around the world for the 13th Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF). The festival will run from Sunday, October 11 through Friday, October 16, 2009 at the Mann Chinese 6 Cinemas, in the heart of the entertainment capital.
LALIFF, co-founded by Oscar® nominated & Golden Globe and Emmy winner actor, director, and activist Edward James Olmos, celebrates the diversity and richness of the best of emerging and established Latino talent in cinema. The festival’s mission is to support and promote the development and exhibition of the work by Latino filmmakers including producers, directors, writers and actors, as well as movies that depict Latino culture.
Since its inception in 1997, LALIFF has grown to become an internationally renowned festival that attracts and unites film enthusiasts from a culturally diverse audience from the Los Angeles community, as well as industry executives and Hollywood celebrities. Through the years, LALIFF has hosted the premieres of hundreds of Latino films, many of which have followed their world premieres at the prestigious Montreal, Toronto, Venice and San Sebastian film festivals.
The Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Science validates the festival’s films excellence by recognizing LALIFF as a qualifying festival for the Academy’s Short Film Category for the Oscar® race. LALIFF and the Academy’s Film Archive have also established the LALIFF Collection where Latino films are preserved and available for free viewing to the public.
LALIFF 2009 will presents feature films, documentaries, shorts and special screenings. In addition, filmmakers and the public will be able to participate in workshops presented by the Writers Guild and Directors Guilds of America as well as musical and arts events.
For the third consecutive year, the festival will kick off with the Opening Night and GABI Award Presentation & Gala at most famous theatre in the world, the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre located at 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028 to take place on Sunday, October 11. Festival screenings will take place Monday, October 12 through Thursday, October 15 at the Mann Chinese 6 Cinemas, 6801 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90028. The Closing Night and the Award Ceremony & Gala will take place on Friday, October 16 at Paramount Theatre at the Paramount Studio Lot, 5555 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90038. For more information on LALIFF 2009 screenings and events, please visit: www.latinofilm.org.
The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) was founded in 1997 by producer, director, actor and activist Edward James Olmos; independent producer Marlene Dermer, and independent film and music producer George Hernández†. LALIFF is a non-profit 501c (3) organization with the mission to support the development and exhibition of diverse visions by Latino filmmakers and to promote awareness of the richness and diversity of Latin cultures, artistry and countries through film, the most powerful medium in the world. A competitive festival with prizes, LALIFF serves as a venue where Latino filmmakers come together with industry buyers and distributors. LALIFF also offers industry workshops, panels, labs, networking receptions, educational programs, and hosts some of the best Galas in tinseltown.