Resurgence and Reel Inspiration: The Return of the New York Latino Film Festival

The New York Latino Film Festival (NYLFF), known as the nation’s leading Latino film festival, is set to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th to 24th. Bringing together an impressive lineup of 116 films from nearly 20 countries, NYLFF will take place at its iconic venue, Regal Union Square in New York City.

The festival will open with the premiere of the Amazon Prime film “Cassandro” (2023, 99 minutes, USA), featuring Gael García Bernal. The movie tells the true story of a gay wrestler from El Paso who rose to international stardom. Calixto Chinchilla, the founder of the New York Latino Film Festival, emphasized the importance of storytelling as a powerful tool for social change.

During Hispanic Heritage Month, NYLFF will showcase a diverse range of feature films, documentaries, and shorts from the United States and Latin America. Some of the highlighted premieres include Sony Pictures’ “Dumb Money” (2023, 104 minutes, USA), based on the true story of everyday people who turned GameStop into the hottest company in the world. Additionally, the festival will screen classics such as “Beat Street” (1984, 105 minutes, USA), “Blood in, Blood Out” (1993, 180 minutes, USA), “Simón” (2023, 99 minutes, USA), “Playing Sam” (2023, 89 minutes, USA), and “Boca Chica” (2022, 90 minutes, Dominican Republic), among others.

Warner Bros. Discovery, one of the long-time sponsors of the event, expressed their pride in supporting the festival and its filmmakers. The organization also highlighted presentations from Kino Lorber, HBO Documentaries, and Sony Pictures Classics.

As part of the audience engagement segments, NYLFF will host the Digital Future Conference, a day-long forum featuring leaders and top social influencers in digital content, mobile app companies, and market-driven mobile technology. FUTURO will also present an exciting lineup of web series, including “Dominicanyork,” “Amor en Cuarentena,” and “Migrants.”

Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment applauded the festival’s contribution to independent film production in New York City. This year’s opening night film, “Story Ave” directed by Aristotle Torres, exemplifies the importance of providing a global platform for diverse storytelling.

For more information on NYLFF 2023 and to purchase tickets, visit their website.