Academy Award-nominated actor Edward James Olmos announced that LALIFF, the largest U.S. Latino film festival, will be back this year. Side by side with the Latino Film Institute (LFI), it will be hosted at the TCL Chinese Theater, in Hollywood, on June 20 – 24, 2018.

LALIFF is dedicated to showcasing Latino perspectives through art. LFI is an organization dedicated to the advancement of Latinx voices and content across media and entertainment. Both are led out of Los Angeles.

“I am proud to be launching the Latino Film Institute and LALIFF at such a critical time in our social climate,” said Mr. Edward James Olmos. “For too long we’ve been talking about issues of inequity and lack of diversity in our industry, and we are looking forward to being part of the solution.” A lifelong advocate of the Latino community, Olmos serves as Chairman of the institute and is currently in post production of his third feature film, “The Devil Has a Name.” He’s also filming on the highly anticipated “Sons Of Anarchy” spinoff, “Mayans, MC.”

Rafael Agustín, a writer for The CW’s “Jane The Virgin,” is spearheading the festival and was recently announced as the LFI’s Executive Director. Agustín will work in partnership with Diana Sanchez, LALIFF’s 2018 Director of Programming. Sanchez serves as an International Programmer at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Dilcia Barrera also joined the LALIFF team as a Senior Programmer. Barrera is also a Programmer, Short Films at Sundance Film Festival.

LFI is also home to the Youth Cinema Project, a film education program for public schools across California that aims to teach students the art of 21st Century Learning. The Youth Cinema Project has worked with industry partners such as Walt Disney Animation Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the American Film Institute (AFI), CAA, and mitú.

“Our mission is to pave the way for Hollywood’s multicultural future,” said Rafael Agustín. “The Youth Cinema Project is a gift from the Latino community to all children,” he added.

LALIFF 2018 programming will be announced in early May, for more information and updates on LALIFF visit www.latinofilm.org. For more information on the Youth Cinema Project visit www.youthcinemaproject.org.

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