Media Arts Center San Diego’s 25th Anniversary San Diego Latino Film Festival

25 Years of Sharing Our Passion for Cine Latino & Changing Lives Through Film

San Diego, CA-  March 15 – 25, 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of Media Arts Center San Diego’s San Diego Latino Film Festival. The festival will take place once again at the AMC 18 Fashion Valley theaters and Digital Gym CINEMA in North Park. The festival has grown from a student film festival (Cine Estudantil) focusing on works by Latinos and/or about the Latino Experience into one of the larger and well-respected Latino film festivals in the world.

This year’s celebrations will include tributes to filmmakers & actors, a Virtual Reality Lounge and the 25th Anniversary Awards Ceremony Gala in addition to over 160 films from Latin America, the United States, and Spain, Film Talks, celebrity appearances, live concerts & performances at the Sonido Latino stage, Sabor Latino – Food, Beer & Wine Fest, art exhibits, and parties.

Highlight films include: political thriller LA CORDILLERA (Argentina) starring Ricardo Darín; the hilarious comedy UNA MUJER SIN FILTRO (Mexico) starring Fernanda Castillo and Sofía Niño de Rivera; the romantic drama CAMINO A MARTE (Mexico) starring Luis Gerardo Méndez; colonialist drama ZAMA (Argentina/Chile) starring Daniel Giménez Cacho; and the critically acclaimed romance LA NOVIA DEL DESIERTO(Argentina/Chile) featuring Paulina García. The festival will also include an advance screening of the new Starz show VIDA, and a 25th Anniversary showcase featuring BAJO LA MISMA LUNA (Mexico / USA), starring Kate del Castillo, Eugenio Derbez, and America Ferrera, and MOSQUITA Y MARI, directed by Aurora Guerrero. Confirmed guests include Saul Lisazo, actor in the film SEPTIEMBRE, Michel Franco, award winning director for LAS HIJAS DE ABRIL, and Pepe Serna, renown Chicano actor, who stars in film FLAVOR OF LIFE. Plus, a special pre-screening SINGING OUR WAY TO FREEDOM (USA), celebrating the music career and life of local music legend, Ramon Chunky” Sanchez.

Ethan van Thillo, Executive Director and Founder of the San Diego Latino Film Festival adds, “It’s been an honor to premiere so many wonderful movies and to introduce audiences for the first time to such talented Latino filmmakers and stars for the past 25 years. This 2018 edition of our film festival is sure to be the best-ever and we’re excited to celebrate our history; but at the same time spotlight the new and innovative films and artists of today.”

Festival Passes are now on sale. The special edition all-access pass *25th Anniversary VIP Pass* can be purchased for $325. A Festival Pass with Media Arts Membership can be purchased for $225 (includes over 160 films, front of the line access, entrance to Opening and Closing Night celebrations and more. Film Pass can be purchased for $110 (includes entrance to 11 films, + priority access). Passes are non-transferable. Individual ticket sales will go live on March 1st. Prices are: $12.00 General Audience, $10.00 Students/Seniors, $9.00 Members.

For festival and ticket information visit the festival’s website at or call 619-230-1938.

Festival goers will enjoy a coastal chic atmosphere at Fashion Valley, Southern California’s trendiest shopping destination with over 1.7 million square retail space and over 200 stores, including international fashion houses, and leading department stores. For more information about Fashion Valley mall properties, please visit

Major Sponsors: City of San Diego Commission for the Arts & Culture, Simon Fashion Valley, The San Diego Union-Tribune, National Endowment for the Arts. Screen Sponsors: San Diego Gas and Electric. Showcase Sponsors: San Diego LGBT Pride, County of San Diego, Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), La Nueva 106.5, 102.9 Más Variedad, Telemundo, Televisa XEWT 12, Unified Port of San Diego. Sonido Latino Sponsor: Sycuan Casino. Party Sponsors: Stella Artois, Uniradio, Radio Latina 104.5FM, Hoy San Diego, Univision TV, Wells Fargo, Barçon, Tequila Cachanilla, Puente de Rus. Award Sponsors: The San Diego Union-Tribune. Sabor Latino Sponsors: Chipotle Mexican Grill, Univision Radio San Diego, Border X Brewing, San Diego Reader, South Norte, Home Depot, Stella Artois. Venue Sponsors: AMC Independent, Centro Cultural de la Raza, Music Box, Switch Events, One Bunk. Film Sponsors: MAAC, San Diego Foundation, Sunroad Auto, Energy Upgrade California, Rosarito Beach Hotel, Wildcoast, Hollywood Casino, Five Star Tours, Latino Public Broadcasting, San Diego County Credit Union, Sony, San Diego Padres, Consulado General de Mexico en San Diego, Learn4Life, Frontera Newspaper, Yelp, La Prensa San Diego, Mujer Actual, Para Todos, Cross Border Xpress, Diego 99.3FM, KSDY Channel 50, Uptown News, Cinelatino, CinelandiaUSA, Magic 92.5, 91X, Z90. Official Magazine Sponsor: Giving Back Magazine. Official Hotel Sponsor: Town and Country Resort. Official Airline Sponsor: AeroMexico. Newspaper Sponsors: El Mexicano, San Diego City Beat. Official Spanish-Language Television Sponsor: Univision KBNT 17, Azteca 15, Unimás, LATV, and MyTV. Official English-Language Television Sponsor: NBC 7 San Diego.


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For more information, please contact:

Media Arts Center San Diego, 2921 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92104, Tel 619-230-1938