THE NEW YORK LATINO FILM FESTIVAL, PRESENTED BY HBO, ANNOUNCES FESTIVAL WINNERS FOR FILM AND THE FUTURO WEBSERIES
(NEW YORK, NY) – The New York Latino Film Festival (NYLFF), celebrated the Latino film industry and content creators with the first-ever drive-in/in-person experiences and virtual programming from September 14 to 20, 2020. NYLFF opened its 21st edition with Habla Now, the fifteenth installment of HBO Latino’s award-winning Habla documentary series by director and series creator, Alberto Ferreras. Hundreds of moviegoers supported more than 75 films from established and emerging filmmakers, with more than 10 countries represented. A variety of genres and formats were presented, including features, shorts, documentaries, web series and experimental films. Winners were announced at the conclusion of the Festival on Sunday, September 20, 2020 in the categories of U.S. Narrative, International Feature, Futuro web series, Documentary, U.S. Feature, Short Film, and Honorable Mention.
“We are inspired by the outpouring of content submitted and the incredible works created centered on the Latino experience. We are grateful for the support from our sponsors HBO and Warnermedia, and NYLFF’s strong and loyal community of moviegoers that share our passion for diversity in storytelling and inclusion. A special thank you to Ruben Diaz Jr., the Bronx Borough President for your warm welcome to the borough. This year’s Festival demonstrated that culture is as resilient as the Latino community, and we will continue to thrive in this country. Said Calixto Chinchilla, Founder of the New York Latino Film Festival.
NEW YORK LATINO FILM FESTIVAL 2020 WINNERS:
Best U.S Narrative | AMARAICA
Directed by Tim Sparks
In this emotionally charged drama ripped from the headlines, undocumented immigrant Roberto puts his plans for legal residency on hold when he becomes a new father at the onset of the US governments ‘Zero Tolerance’ child separation policy.
Best International Feature | MALPASO (Dominican Republic)
Directed by Hector M. Valdez
After their grandfather dies, twin brothers struggle to find their way in the world, complicated by prejudice against one boy’s albinism.
Best Short Film | ONE, TWO, THREE…ALL EYES ON ME
Directed by Emil Gallardo
When a crisis suddenly engulfs an elementary school campus, Ms. Leena, a determined art teacher, tries everything she can to save her frightened class.
Best Documentary | BIRTH WARS
Directed by Janet Jarman
Told through deeply personal stories in the trenches of the healthcare sector, Birth Wars chronicles a power struggle between doctors and midwives in Mexico over differing visions of childbirth.
Futuro Webseries | GONE
Directed by Felix Martiz
After being separated from her mother, Sarai is possessed with the power to make others disappear.
Honorable Mention | REFLECTION
Directed by: Timur Bootzin
Manuel. Two worlds. Two lives. A story of choice and opportunity.