December 22, 2006

Borders on Film, Cine Chileno, Latino Animation, Cine Gay and Workshops announced for the 14th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival

The San Diego Latino Film Festival hosts its 1st Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival Preview in order to announce its expanded and continuing programs and offerings for 2007

The San Diego Latino Film Festival announced their expanded programs as well as new offerings for their upcoming 14th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival on Thursday, December 7, 2006. Next year’s festival, which takes place on March 8-18, 2007, at the UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center, is set to broaden its reach by evolving into the region’s first bi-national Latino film festival.

The 14th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival evolves into one of the few truly bi-national film festivals in the world. On hand to announce this cross border union was Tijuana Municipal President, Ing. Jorge Hank Rhon and from the Office of Mayor Jerry Sanders, Deputy Chief of Neighborhoods and Customer Service Dr. Ted Martinez Jr. Both city leaders spoke about the cultural ties that bind these neighboring cities and the entire region together. “With one of the most vibrant and important Latino populations in the Western Hemisphere, San Diego and Tijuana have come together to bring about a dual-nation Latino film festival that is sure to garner international attention,” said Media Arts Center San Diego Executive Director Ethan van Thillo.

BORDERS ON FILM

Borders on Film brings our celebrations to both sides of the border; uniting US and Mexican audiences during our eleven day festival. San Diego Latino Film Festival continues to stand out as a leader among North American Festivals because of its unique presence as a link between the US and Mexico with the busiest border in the world. Films within the Borders on Film program highlight important issues such as free trade, immigration, bi-national relationships, maqui-ladora businesses, clash of cultures, and the simple act of crossing an international border.

In 2007, Borders on Filmwill invite special guest actors and filmmakers from selected films being presented as part of San Diego Latino Film festival. Invited guests include Alejandro Gonzalez Inarrittu (Babel), Carlos Bolado (Solo Dios Sabe), or Gregory Nava (Borderland). Audiences will have an opportunity to hear from these special guests during Q&A sessions, special receptions, and tributes.

The new Borders on Film program has been developed in association with the City of Tijuana and is a testament to the cooperative spirit that exists within the region. We are excited to see this new program grow in the future.

CINE CHILENO SHOWCASE

Each year, San Diego Latino Film Festival spotlights the cinema and culture of a selected Latin-American country. The 14th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival is proud to announce that Chile has been chosen as the 2007 Cine Showcase recipient. By partnering with the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences and the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Relations, we will bring some amazing films never before seen in the U.S. along with a delegation of filmmakers.

ANIMATION

San Diego Latino Film Festival is proud to present a brand new showcase and awards category built around the exploding industry of Animation. Enjoying the spotlight in our festival centerpiece, the amazing artistry of Latino cartoonists side by side with Latin animators will be highlighted in an array of films and events (including artist signings, workshop, toon appearances, special art exhibition, and much more). The wide variety of animation will be presented in programs geared for the entire family as well as the more adventurous, mature art crowd. Expect a kaleidoscope of award-winning films, off-beat shorts, and truly fantastic visions as we present an in-depth look at international Animation. We are especially proud to announce Nickelodeon as a new sponsor and partner of the festival.

Highlights include: The award winning children’s show POCOYO (G), the PREMIERE of the animated version of the syndicated comic strip BALDO (PG), Annecy winner & animated short Oscar contender Tragic Story with A Happy Ending (PG13), the Crumb/Bakshi-styled comedy Wood & Stock: Sexo, Orégano e Rock’n’Roll (unrated) and a sneak peek at local animator Jeanne McKinney’s feature-in-development City of Gold.

CINE GAY

After the overwhelming success of last year’s showcase, Cine Gay returns to San Diego Latino Film Festival with a half dozen films from around the globe.

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