Chicago Latino Film Festival

Chicago Latino Film Festival
55 W. Van Buren St.
Suite 310
Chicago, United States

Tel: 312.431.1330

Festival Overview

The Chicago Latino Film Festival has grown from 500 attendees in 1985 to more than 40,000 in 33 years, which is clear evidence of the great demand for quality Latino art programming in Chicago. As noted in Hispanic Magazine, "The Chicago Latino Film Festival is now the largest, oldest and best Latino film festival in the country".

The Festival serves as a bridge across Chicago's Latinos and Latino communities throughout the Unites States as well as internationally. It simultaneously provides Latinos and other communities an unforgettable cross-cultural experience.

Each year, the Chicago Latino Film Festival attracts more than 40,000 film enthusiasts and 100+ international filmmakers, actors and journalists.

An important educational component is added, as each year thousands of Chicago Public School students are invited to attend the Festival's free matinee program and meet with film directors.


The Chicago Latino Film Festival is a non-competitive Fiesta de Cine! Since 1993 we have given the enthusiastic public that attend the Festival, the opportunity to choose their favorite feature film and award it the Audience Choice Award.

The Festival presents all forms of film making including, animation, documentary, experimental, narrative, etc. The Festival encourages the submission of works for young audiences as they are presented for students during matinees.


Adaptation Animation Art-house Children Comedy Documentary Drama Educational Experimental Foreign Language Gay and Lesbian Ghost Historical Horror Independent Jewish Murder Mystery Mystery National Religious Romance Short Student Supernatural Thriller Women

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Known festival contacts Contacts
Pepe Vargas
Festival Director
Film Festival
Primary contact
Recent Festival News News
1st Dec 2016 33rd Chicago Latino Film Festival - Poster Contest
16th Mar 2011 Media


Open to the public


Works from Latin America, Spain, Portugal and the United States are considered as well as works from other countries if the director is of Iberoamerican descent, or the subject matter is directly related to Latino culture. Preference is given to premieres, however works with an educational value, strong historical and artistic importance are stressed in choice decisions.


Films are screened in DCP format.If works are not in English they must have English subtitles since, the screening copies will be shown in their original language.


50 USD (Features)
30 USD (Shorts)

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