The Chicago Latino Film Festival Returns For Its 40th Year


The 40th Chicago Latino Film Festival returns, bringing a new wave of Latino talent to its screens. From April 11 to 22, enjoy what this edition of the festival has to offer at the International Latino Cultural Center.


Beginning in 1985, the Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) has highlighted hundreds of films from across Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain, Portugal, and the United States. CLFF brings attention to Latino films that would be otherwise inaccessible to stream. At the festival, CLFF selects films that have become sensations in the international film circuit, were box-office hits in their country, or have not yet been released theatrically.

The longest running Latino film festival in the United States, CLFF promotes Latino culture, arts, and life through film. This year marks the festival’s 40th anniversary.

The International Latino Cultural Center manages and organizes the Chicago Latino Film Festival. As an organization dedicated to highlighting Latino arts in multidisciplinary presentations, the International Latino Cultural Center holds ongoing arts events in music, film, dance, and artistic expression.


Films and shorts featured at this year’s festival come from 22 different countries, including Argentina, Chile, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Portugal, and the United States.

The Brazilian film A Woman Who Cries will have its world premiere at the festival. At the two screenings on April 18 and 20, director George Walker will be in attendance.

The Mexican short film Til Your Soul Dances will play before the featured film Itzia, Tango & Cacao on April 17 and 19. The Columbian film will have its North American premiere at the festival.

To celebrate the opening and closing nights of the festival, CLFF will host two gala events on April 11 and April 22. These events will feature special film screenings and refreshments.

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