AWARD-NOMINEE EDWARD JAMES OLMOS LAUNCHES LARGEST U.S. LATINO FILM
FESTIVAL (LALIFF) AND LATINO FILM INSTITUTE (LFI)
(formerly known as the Los Angeles International Film Festival) to
commence June 20 - 24 in Hollywood, CA
appoints new team to spearhead festival and Youth Cinema Project
ANGELES, April 17, 2018 – Academy
Award-nominated actor Edward James Olmos today announced LALIFF 2018
and the Latino Film Institute. LALIFF to be hosted at the TCL Chinese
Theater in Hollywood June 20 - 24.
is the largest U.S. Latino film festival dedicated to showcasing
Latino perspectives through art. LFI is an organization dedicated to
the advancement of Latinx voices and content across media and
entertainment, both are led out of Los Angeles.
am proud to be launching the Latino Film Institute and LALIFF at such
a critical time in our social climate,” said Mr. Edward James
Olmos. “For too long we’ve been talking about issues of inequity
and lack of diversity in our industry, and we are looking forward to
being part of the solution.” A lifelong advocate of the Latino
community, Olmos serves as Chairman of the institute and is currently
in post production of his third feature film, “The Devil Has a
Name.” He’s also filming on the highly anticipated “Sons
Of Anarchy” spinoff, “Mayans, MC.”
Agustín, a writer for The CW’s “Jane The Virgin” is
spearheading the festival and was recently announced as the Latino
Film Institute’s Executive Director. Agustín will work in
partnership with Diana Sanchez, LALIFF’s 2018 Director of
Programming. Sanchez serves as an International Programmer at the
Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Dilcia Barrera also
joined the LALIFF team as a Senior Programmer. Barrera is also a
Programmer, Short Films at Sundance Film Festival.
is Home to Youth Cinema Project
is also home to the Youth Cinema Project, a film education program
for public schools across California that aims to teach students the
art of 21st Century Learning. The Youth Cinema Project has worked
with industry partners such as Walt Disney Animation Studios, Sony
Pictures Entertainment, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Sciences, the American Film Institute (AFI), CAA and mitú.
mission is to pave the way for Hollywood’s multicultural future,”
said Rafael Agustín. “The Youth Cinema Project is a gift from the
Latino community to all children,”Agustín added.
(LFI) showcases, strengthens, and celebrates the richness of Latino
lives through the audio visual event. We develop, activate, and
support artists, creators, and executives through pathways and
platforms for the expression and appreciation of their work.
(YCP) is project based learning that produces competent, resilient,
and real world problem-solvers and bridges the achievement and
opportunity gaps by creating lifelong learners and the entertainment
industry’s multicultural future.
a premiere international event dedicated to showcasing the entirety
of human experience from the Latino perspective, whether through
film, television, digital, music, art, or any other vehicle,
regardless of platform.