New York Latino Film Festival Resumes October 11-15, 2017

 Presented by HBO New York Latino Film Festival Returns October 11 – 15, 2017
Announces Open Call for Submissions

New York, NY –  The New York Latino Film Festival (NYLFF) makes a comeback (shedding the ‘International” in its title) after being off the radar since September 4, 2013 when founder and co-executive director announced that the much touted film festival, for and about Latinos, was closing due to financial woes.  Just shy of a four years absence, the good news is that it is back with out skipping a beat, as the 13th annual edition of the festival. HBO, was a founding sponsor and they pick up where they left off and are  once signed on as the presenting sponsor.  Now as the sole festival director, Calixto Chinchilla announced the return of the festival  to the Big Apple on October 11-15, 2017 and also the open of the call for submissions with a deadline of August 4, 2017.

Considered by many as the premier marketplace for Latino films in the U.S., the NYLFF will once again showcase a diverse slate, spanning all genres and formats including features, shorts, documentaries and experimental films  about and/or for the U.S. Latino community.

“It’s a remarkable honor to announce the reemergence of the NYLFF to New York City, during a moment where content distribution is taking on this innovative expansion.  Our event is about galvanizing and empowering community. It is incredible to have such a strong supporter in HBO, our founding partner, and Time Warner, who have been an integral part through every step of this continuing journey,” said Chinchilla.

Since its inception in 1999, each year the NYLFF brought together more than 20,000 movie fans and industry executives over the course of several days.

“We have been eagerly awaiting the rebirth of the NYLFF. The importance of Latino voices in our industry is evident to anyone watching television, going to the movies, listening to music, or just walking and breathing in this country,” said Dennis Williams, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Social Responsibility, HBO. “As a founding partner of the NYLFF, we are once again lending our support as presenting sponsor to what we believe is one of the most groundbreaking Latino film festivals in the United States.

To be considered, all projects must have been completed by deadline of August 4, 2017. Projects in a language other than English must have English-language subtitles. Films cannot have been broadcast (television or Internet) or distributed commercially in the U.S. prior to the festival. Exceptions may be granted for short films and documentaries.  Submission forms and complete information regarding eligibility for the 2017 NYLFF are available

New York agency sociedAD led the rebranding efforts, including the creation of the Festival’s new logo. The website was created in partnership with Gala Festival Engine.  

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The New York Latino Film Festival (NYLFF) is the premier Urban Latino film event in the country. Since its founding in 1999, the NYLFF produces culturally relevant and entertaining experiences that build audiences for Latino cinema, support the film community with professional development and foster relationships for Latino talent. Programming includes the flagship film festival in New York City, competition programs and community programs. For more information on NYLFF, please visit


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