Latino film festival in NY marks 10th Anniversary

New York International Latino Film Festival celebrates 10th Anniversary
Nicaila Matthews, Examiner, July 22, 2009

The New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) premieres in the city on Tuesday, July 28 and runs through Sunday, August, 2, 2009. Launched in 1999, NYILFF is the premier Urban Latino film event in the country. With a mission to celebrate the diversity and spirit of the Latino community, NYILFF showcases the work of emerging Latino filmmakers in the U.S. and Latin America.

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the HBO sponsored Film Festival, this year’s schedule includes over 100 films and eleven special event screenings featuring the stars of the film and panel discussions. Acclaimed actor John Leguizamo will also be honored with the Tres Generaciones® COA Award, a special award that recognizes outstanding achievements in Latino filmmaking. Also new this year, the Festival debuts in two venues; the Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 9 and the School of Visual Arts Theater.

Much talked about film La Mission premieres on Opening Night of NYILFF. Starring Benjamin Bratt, Jesse Borrego, Erika Alexander, Jeremy Ray Valdez and Talisa Soto Bratt, La Mission is writer-director Peter Bratt's rich and powerful story of one man's journey toward redemption through his struggle with violence and homophobia.

Other major stars set to ignite the screen during this year’s festival include Andy Garcia, Ruben Blades, Vin Diesel, Christina Milian, Ray Liotta, Kerry Washington and more.

To learn more about La Mission and other 2009 NYILFF offerings, check out the festival schedule here.

NY Latino Film Festival
July 28-August 2, 2009
Tickets: Reg $12, Matinee $9
Tickets for Films and Special Events are on sale now at the festival’s box office at Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 9 or online
For More Info: nylatinofilm.com/index.html

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