The New York Latino Film Festival – In Person and Virtually

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The New York Latino Film Festival (NYLFF), the premier Urban Latino film event in the country begins next week.

From Tuesday, September 14th to Sunday, September 19th, there are Drive-In Screenings (you don’t need a vehicle) and virtual screenings. The films are in a broad array of categories – even horror films (under their “Midnight” screening). There are also full-length documentaries, web series, and panels.

Short films are a great way of experiencing a multitude of voices – all in the run-time of a feature film. And this festival also offers short documentaries, as well as short fiction films.

Below is the trailer for “Team Meryland” from Gabriel Gaurano. (Part of the short documentary program 4)

“Born and raised in the Watts projects of Los Angeles, twelve-year-old Mexican-American boxer Meryland Gonzalez fights in-and-out of the ring for her dream to be crowned the 2019 Junior Olympics champion.”

And here’s the trailer of: “Forgotten But Not Gone” from Michael Rocha. (Part of the shorts program 7)

“A work-obsessed man loses his childhood optimism. He then ventures into his subconscious and confronts the force that took it away, hoping to return to the real world with a new outlook.”

In fact the festivals has an extensive shorts series – with 4 different short documentaries (Program: 1, 2, 3, & 4) and 7 different short fiction programs: “1: Mean Streets“, “2: Be Yourself, Everyone Else Is Taken
3: It’s Just An Illusion“. “4: The Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins With a Single Step“.
5: Goaaaaaal“, the foreboding, or cathartic, title, depending on your mood: “6: In This Film Block, Heartbreak is Guaranteed“, and “7: We May Be Through With The Past But The Past Is Not Through With Us

“Since its founding in 1999, the NYLFF produces culturally relevant and entertaining experiences that build audiences for Latino cinema, support the film community with professional development and foster relationships for Latino talent. Programming includes the flagship film festival in New York City, competition programs and community programs.”

Full schedule at: https://nylatinofilmfestival.com/2021/schedule/