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Entry from September 27, 2005
New York International Latino Film Festival
The New York International Film Festival (NYILFF) is one of the newer annual film festivals.

The New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) is a premiere film festival presenting the works of Latino artists and people of Latin American descent. The festival braids together Latinos in Hollywood and the independent film industry, along with aficionados and students of film and the arts.

With limited access to, images of, and opportunities for Latino filmmakers in Hollywood, the NYILFF creates a platform to showcase the cinematic work of independent artists of vision and emerging talent.

NYILFF Mission:

The New York International Latino Film Festival's (NYILFF) mission is to showcase films and the artists behind them that offer expansive images of the Latino experience during a weeklong event held in the world's media capital.

NYILFF seeks to be more than just an event, but also a movement that builds audiences and a greater appreciation for Latino cinema. As we take hold of the new millennium, we hope that by assisting emerging Latino filmmaker's contributions to the broader world of cinema, we will be able to improve the images of Latinos in the media and present a more complete picture of this diverse nation.

On Sunday July 31, top honors were awarded for the 2005 New York International Latino Film Festival. Thank you to the filmmakers and everyone who came out and made the 2005 New York International Latino Film Festival, our best yet! Stay tuned for a complete recap of this year's Festival and details on what's to come in 2006!

2005 Winners:

Best Picture (presented by HBO):
Glow Ropes: The Rise & Fall of a Bar Mitzvah Emcee
Directed By: George Valencia and Edwin Figueroa

Best Documentary:
Favela Rising
Directed By: Jeff Zimbalist and Matt Mochary

Best Short (presented by and acquired by SiTV):
St. Paul
Directed By: Francisco Ordoñez

McDonald's Audience Award:
Love for Rent
Directed By: Shane Edelman

Kodak Cultural Voice Award:
Al Otro Lado / To the Other Side
Directed By: Natalia Almada

By Maria Esteves — August 9, 2005

The Sixth Annual New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) award acknowledges the best in filmmaking and emerging directors of Latino descent. The awards night ceremony were announced by NYILFF Executive Director Calixto Chinchilla at SHOW in New York on Sunday, July 31, 2005 8:00PM.

Since 1998, NYILFF was founded by Calixto Chinchilla to assist emerging Latino filmmaker's contribute to the world of cinema. NYILFF annually presents international films of Latino descent. NYILFF Executive Staff are Elizabeth Gardner, Elizabeth Alomonte, Gisela Fosado, Tamir Muhammad, Jeffrey Marzullo and Johanna Schaetzke.

This year's film festival included 2 premieres, 13 features (domestic and on tbe edge), 41 shorts, 9 documentaries and 5 Spanish films in collaboration with The 50th Annual Valladolid International Film Festival (Spain) http://www.seminci.com. The festival also included filmmakers panel discussions, workshops, family festival and gala parties.

Posted by Barry Popik
Film Festivals • Tuesday, September 27, 2005 • Permalink

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