The Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) kicked off with an Opening Night Gala presentation by Rafa Lara of his new historical epic Cinco de Mayo: The Battle, the star of which, Kuno Becker also was in attendance. CLFF will be in full swing until April 25th with films from Latin America, Spain, Portugal, and the U.S. Indeed a culturally bountiful cinematic assortment of 84 feature films and 38 shorts, all selected from over 350 submissions collected this year.

CLFF works with local higher education institutions such as Columbia College and DePaul University, the latter of which is presenting this year’s Student Film Segment of the festival.

Another unique series of films that CLFF is proud to offer this year is the Mexican-Jewish Connections. “We’re thrilled to be working with AJC Chicago to showcase the many ways Mexican and Jewish cultures draw inspiration from each other in film,” said Carlos Tortolero, president and founder of the National Museum of Mexican Art.

Carlos M. Jaureguialzo’s new film Marriage will be shown at the Night of Argentina Gala event on April 19th where award-winning Cuban actor-director Jorge Perugorría will be presented with the Gloria Career Achievement Award.

With hundreds of volunteers to schedule, the festival’s small staff has simplified their process with a little cloud-based program we like to call Shiftboard.

“Shiftboard had simplified our lives so much!”

– Maria Lopez, Associate of Development & Marketing

If you’re in the Chicago area and want to immerse yourself in the freshest latino cinematic treasures, then check out the lineup and get your tickets now!