San Diego Latino Film Festival Relaunches Virtually in September 2020

Press Contacts: Moisés Esparza – (619) 230-1938 x 105,

Media Arts Center San Diego is excited to announce the 27th edition of the San Diego Latino Film Festival will relaunch on September 17-27, 2020 on the virtual screening platform Eventive. The festival was originally scheduled to open on March 12, 2020 but was postponed on its inaugural day due to statewide regulations against mass gatherings due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Festival organizers were hopeful for an in-person event being possible but ongoing theater closures have made this an untenable expectation. More importantly, the health and wellness of our supporters is the festival’s top priority. Given the virus’ disproportionate effects on the local Latinx community, it is our responsibility to ensure that we do our part in reducing the number of transmissions of this virus. All festival related activations will be produced virtually, which include access to over 120+ feature and short length film premieres, Q&As with filmmakers, Sonido Latino concerts, press conferences and more. A full schedule of film screenings and events will be published on August 14th, 2020 on

San Diego Latino Film Festival Founder, Ethan van Thillo, states Our curatorial team has done an amazing job in pivoting these past months, and providing online movies during this Pandemic. So, we’re excited to bring this new virtual experience to our acclaimed annual San Diego Latino Film Festival. We know it’s not the same as being in-person all together; but we invite filmmakers, community partners, and residents to sit back in the comfort of their home; watch some amazing Latinx movies, and actively participate in the many online Q&As with the guest filmmakers and celebrities.”

The programming for the festival will remain primarily intact from what was originally announced in February 2020 with the exception of titles now unavailable due to release plans with distributors and/or studios. Films scheduled to screen include Pablo Larraín’s pulse-pounding dance melodrama Ema starring Gael García Bernal, Arturo Ripstein’s latest provocation, El diablo entre las piernas, and Argentina’s dark comedy sensation, El cuento de las comadrejas

The festival will give customers who purchased film passes and/or individual tickets for the in-person event earlier this year the option of using these during this virtual relaunch or rolling these over for our 28th edition of the festival set to take place in-person, regulations permitting, in March of 2021. The festival will be transferring purchases for Sabor Latino and our parties to our 28th edition since these gatherings are prohibited under current regulations. The festival has been in awe by the amount of patience and support our patrons have demonstrated. We are fully committed to producing a dynamic and exciting virtual film festival. 
If you are interested in interviews with participating talent, musicians, and/or members of the festival team, or would like an updated EPK, please submit requests to


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