16th Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival announces 62 Film Programs (October 10 - 14, 2013)

Los Angeles, California (October 5, 2013) The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) has released the program for its 16th festival which will take place from Thursday, October 10th through Monday, October 14th. The 5-day event will highlight the best films and showcase both the auters and amateurs from 14 different Latin filmmaking countries. Regular screenings will take place at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Blvd. The Opening Night film features the documentary PABLO which will be shown at the El Capitan Theatre located at 6838 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. The event will begin at 6:30pm with a red carpet, followed by the screening at 8:00pm and the opening night gala at 10:00pm.

"We are very excited and honored to have this record breaking number of Premieres presented at LALIFF," said Marlene Dermer, co-founder/Executive Director/Programmer of LALIFF. "16 years and it keeps getting better because of the films," added co-founder Edward James Olmos.

Cast of NOSOTROS LOS ROBLES, LALIFF 2013's Closing Night film

The Closing Night Presentation (Monday, October 14th) of Gary Alazraki's NOSOTROS LOS NOBLES will serve as the capstone for an impressive line-up that will feature 62 films, including 28 features, 11 documentaries and 23 shorts. In addition to the film screenings, the festival will host filmmaker panels on Saturday, October 12th and Sunday, October 13th. The Closing Night Gala will include an after-party presented by Cine Latino.

A diverse selection of award-winning films make up this year's program. The featured titles include LA PISCINA by Carlos Machado; TANTA AGUA by Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge; LA PAZ by Santiago Loza and CARNE DE PERRO by Fernando Guzzoni. Directorial debuts like WATER & POWER by Richard Montoya, based off his acclaimed play by the same name; American films dealing with community issues such as DREAMER by Jesse Salmeron; GREENCARD WARRIOR by Miriam Kruishoop and OUR BOYS by Ricagni are also a part o the line-up. Emerging cinema from Latin America including POLVO by Julio Hernandez, PRINCESAS ROJAS by Laura Astorga and MEU PAIS by Andre Ristum, featuring Rodrigo Santoro will be showcased as well. Powerful documentaries such as NARCO CULTURA by Shaul Schwarz and EL ALCALDE by Emiliano Altuna are also on the list. Lastly, notable Cuban actor/director Jorge Perugurria's tribute to Cuban cinema, AMOR CRONICO, will make its west coast premiere, and Xavi Puebla will debut his film, A PUERTA FRIA, starring renowned actor Nick Nolte.

For detailed programs, please log on to www.LatinoFilm.org

The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) was founded in 1997 by producer, director, actor and activist Edward James Olmos and independent producer Marlene Dermer. LALIFF is a non-profit 501c (3) organization with the mission to support the development and exhibition of diverse visions by Latino filmmakers. To serve as a springboard and catalyst for the promotion of Latin films and filmmakers in the industry locally, nationally & internationally. To develop audiences for such films and in the process bring awareness of the richness and diversity of Latin cultures, artistry and countries through film, the most powerful medium in the world. A competitive festival with prizes, LALILFF serves as a venue where Latino filmmakers come together with industry buyers and distributors. LALIFF also offers industry workshops, panels, labs, networking receptions, education programs, and hosts some of the best Galas in tinsel town.