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CineFest Latino Boston: a new festival, hosting a hybrid event in September 2022

20 May 2022 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

From the team that previously brought you the Boston Latino International Film Festival (BLIFF) comes Cinefest Latino Boston, a new and better premiere film festival, founded and led by Boston filmmaker and WIFVNE Member Sabrina Avilés.

Cinefest Latino Boston is committed to using the power of film to break stereotypes, bring cultures and communities together and reveal the complex issues affecting the Latinx community in the United States, as well as communities in Latin America and Spain.

The festival is launching with the same team formerly associated with BLIFF, including Director of Programming Isabel Dávalos. This staff and volunteers earned accolades for their work with BLIFF, including being selected one of the top Hispanic celebration events in the Northeast by AAA and showcasing films that have won Official Selection at Sundance and have been selected as New York Times Critics Picks.

Sabrina Avilés, Executive Director of Cinefest Latino Boston, is committing Cinefest Latino Boston to a year-round effort to showcase the local and domestic Latinx film community, while continuing to offer a premier venue for international films in the U.S.

"The media landscape is growing rapidly, and that growth is encouraging more storytellers to produce their dream film projects and bring them to an audience. Cinefest Latino Boston will continue to give the greater Boston region access to the best of these filmmakers, both local and from around the world," said Executive Director Avilés.

Sabrina Avilés is an award-winning independent filmmaker, whose work has taken her throughout Latin America, Canada and Europe. As a life-long filmmaker, Sabrina was inspired to create a showcase for storytelling talent and has the vision to lead its development. During her 25+ year career, she has worked on many PBS programs, among them the six-hour Peabody award-winning series, Latino Americans. Currently, she is in production for her first feature-length documentary on the city of Chelsea, MA and its response to the pandemic. Sabrina has received grants from ITVS’ Diversity Development Fund, the LEF Foundation, Mass Humanities, Latino Public Broadcasting, and the New England Foundation for the Arts. She was a 2019 LEF Foundation Flaherty Fellow, is a member of the Documentary Producers Alliance and currently serves on the boards of Filmmakers Collaborative and the Massachusetts Production Coalition. Previously, from 2016 to 2021, Sabrina was the Executive Director of the Boston Latino International Film Festival. Born in Washington Heights, Sabrina’s family originates from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

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