From Thursday, August 19, to Wednesday, August 25, the heart of the entertainment world, Hollywood, rolls out the red carpet for the best Latino Cinema from around the globe at the 14th Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) at the Mann Chinese 6 Cinemas.
LALIFF, co-founded by Oscar-nominated & Golden Globe and Emmy-winning actor, director, and activist Edward James Olmos and Marlene Dermer, celebrates the diversity and richness of the best emerging and established Latino talent around the globe. The festival’s mission: to support and promote the development and exhibition of Latin Cinema.
Since its inception in 1997, LALIFF has grown to become a premier international festival that attracts film enthusiasts from a culturally diverse Los Angeles community, as well as industry executives and Hollywood celebrities. Through the years, LALIFF has hosted the U.S. premieres of hundreds of Latino films, many of which debuted at prestigious Cannes, Toronto, Venice and San Sebastian film festivals. Last year, two LALIFF selections went on to receive a Golden Globe nomination in the Best Foreign Film category.
The Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences validates the festival’s excellence by recognizing LALIFF as a qualifying festival for the Academy’s Short Film Category for Oscar® nomination consideration. LALIFF and the Academy’s Film Archive have also established the LALIFF Collection, where Latino films are available for free viewing to the public.
LALIFF 2010 will present feature films, documentaries, shorts and special screenings. In addition, filmmakers and audiences will be able to participate in industry workshops as well as musical and arts events at the Hollywood & Highland Center.
The festival will kick off with the Opening Night Gala at the most famous theatre in the world, the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, on Thursday, August 19. Festival screenings will begin Friday, August 20, through Wednesday, August 25, at the Mann Chinese 6 Cinemas, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028. The Closing Night and the Award Ceremony & Gala will take place on Wednesday, August 25, at the Egyptian Theater on Hollywood Blvd. For more information on LALIFF 2010 screenings and events, please visit: http://www.latinofilm.org>.