Are you down to laugh, cry, be thrilled and catch all the feels with reels by a collective of brilliant filmmakers this weekend? Celebrate #HispanicHeritageMonth captivated through their lenses at the 2nd annual Official Latino Short Film Festival in Harlem.
Starting today, Friday, September 16th, the Festival, founded by visual icon Danny Hastings (WuTang to Prince Royce), will showcase 86 short films written, directed and produced by Latino filmmakers from across the nation and Latin America. Features include actor Jeffrey Wahlberg, 11 women directors and sketches by SNL's newest Latina cast member. Horror, drama, comedy, animation and more.
The Official Latino Film Festival
Where: This Weekend | Fri. 9/16 & Sat. 9/17
Where: Poet’s Den Theater in New York City
Location: 309 E 108th St, New York, NY 10029
This festival will showcase 86 short films written, directed and produced by U.S. Latino filmmakers from across the nation. This year’s theme is dedicated to LATINO UNITY. The core mission of the festival is directed at supporting, recognizing, showcasing and nurturing the emerging creative American Latino filmmaker in the United States.
It’s no secret that U.S. Latino filmmakers are now getting the chance to tell stories they want to see. American Latinos are taking major chances when it comes to creating original properties in all facets of content creation, from short films to webisodes.
The festival was founded in 2015 by filmmaker Danny Hastings of Atomicus Films as a response to the lack of diversity amongst Academy Award nominees. And with the evident lack of American Latino representation in studio films and TV, it’s up to the community— the American Latino — to tell stories from an authentic perspective.
For the first-time ever eight (8) international films, submitted by filmmakers from Latin American nations, will also be showcased during the two-day event. There will also be an “All Latina Filmmakers” block with 11 films directed by Latinas.
The slate of 2016 festival programming also includes:
1. Grand prize award for short films created in the United States has doubled to $2,000.00
2. Newly added Award of $1,000 for Best International Short Film
3. Seven (7) New categories for short films created in the United States include the bests in Comedy, Drama, Documentary, Experimental/Animation, Sci-Fi/Horror, Music Video, and Webisodes/SKETCH COMEDY/VLOGs Awards & Prizes