The Filadelfia Latin American Film Festival will showcase the extraordinary and innovative work of Latin American and Latino filmmakers. This is the first Annual Film Festival in the region to focus exclusively on the exhibition of Latin American and Latino film and media artists.

The Filadelfia Latin American Film Festival's mission is to showcase and nurture established and emerging creative Latin American and Latino filmmakers; to promote and celebrate the richness and diversity of Latin American/Latino cultures and experiences, and to foster cross-cultural understanding and dialogue.

The Filadelfia Latin American Film Festival will include screenings of ground-breaking works from all genres: short film, narrative, documentary, animation and full feature films. Festival programs will attract a diverse audience, developing a new space in the Philadelphia region where filmmakers, actors, producers can meet with other artists, engage with audiences and present and discuss innovative work.

Through screenings, public discussion groups (both virtual and in person), workshops, lectures and special events, The Filadelfia Latin American Film Festival will engage the region’s diverse communities through the universal language of film creating critical connections to shared experiences and cross cultural understanding at both the national and International Levels.

The Filadelfia Latin American Film Festival will enrich the cultural resources of the Greater Philadelphia region by increasing access to and appreciation of Latin American cinema, still mostly unseen outside of major film producing countries like Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Cuba. For the first time, audiences in our region will have consistent access to a body of work drawing its subject matter from a rich historical, social, religious and political history and artistic legacy.

David Acosta is a curator, poet, writer and activist who has been involved with art and activism in Philadelphia for many years, focusing his energy on utilizing art to draw attention to social, political, and cultural issues by creating conversations between artists and their communities. A lifelong cineaste, he is currently co-founder and artistic director of Casa de Duende.

Bia Vieira was the co-curator of Latin American Visions, the largest touring retrospective of Latin American cinema in the U.S. Recognized for her innovative and entrepreneurial work in the community, she is the recipient of the 2007 Philadelphia Business Journal’s Women of Distinction Award and 2006 Valentine Foundation Visionary Leadership Award. She has been the recipient of prestigious fellowships including the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship at Columbia University and the Caluoste Goulbenkian Foundation Fellowship at the Portuguese Film Institute.