Creatives from across the country and globally share their content and insights with the Latinx community at the 4th annual film market and festival that will be held virtually on the Seed and Spark platform from July 27th – August 2nd. Jakob Owens for sharing their work on Unsplash

The Latino Film Market (LFM), a women-led nonprofit organization that helps Latinx artists navigate the business of film, will celebrate the 4th annual film market from July 27, 2020 – August 2, 2020. In partnership with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone (UMEZ), and NYU Latinx Alumni Network, the LFM will move forward with the seven-day festival online at Seed and Spark platform.

“The Latino Film Market is committed to providing Latinx artists with the tools and resources to finance, distribute and promote Latinx films,” says Arilyn Martinez Cora, Founder, and Director of the Latino Film Market. “We felt it was important and necessary to adapt to this year of virtual events and move forward with the film market/festival on an online platform. The film industry has slowed down but hasn’t stopped working and neither should we.”

The first two days will roll-out premieres of over 49 national and international Latinx feature films, short films, documentaries, and student films and will remain live for the duration of the festival. Many of the films at this year’s LFM revolve around themes of women’s stories, LGBTQ+ and Latinx neighborhoods/communities, and others.

Film highlights include:

  • Dominican York Series (Latino Web Series) Director: Michelle Ramirez
  • Siudy Between Worlds (documentary) Director: Pablo Croce, Lead Artist: Siudy Garrido
  • La Visita (short film) Director: Pedro Cohen, Actor: Daniel Lugo
  • In Your Memory (student film) Director: Karlinette N. Galván López, Actors: Carlos Miranda, Rosabel Otón
  • 3 Karmas (short film) Director: Andrés Roa, Actors: Alvaro Rodriguez, Fabio Restrepo
  • Gajes del Oficio (short film) Director: Michael Justiniano, Actor: José Félix Gómez

In addition to the film screenings, each day will be filled with workshops on financing, marketing, and distributing films, panel discussions with industry leaders and artists spotlights featuring talent in music and visual arts.

LFM Schedule:

July 27th

Opening & Welcome Remarks/Video

Funding, Grants & Networking Event by Candid

July 28th

How to solve sound problems during production?

What equipment can you use to get quality sound?

July 29th

Video Presentation - Art & Cinema

Latinx Virtual Exhibition & Networking of Art & Cinema curated by Celestino Junior Ortiz

Entertainment Law - learn about entertainment law for the different aspects of your project.

July 30th

Music Panel By PowerHouse One (Booking Artists promotion)

Dancers, Teams & Singers Panel & Networking

Music Videos & Concert - showcasing local and international Latinx performers including singers and dancers

July 31st

SVOD market share and worldwide television genre trends (statistics)

Finance 101 by Ponce Bank

Acting Panel by NYU Alumni Network

August 1st

Podcast and Media Panel

Pitching, Marketing and Distribution Conference

Distribution Workshop by Seed & Spark, Christina Raia

August 2nd

One on one meetings & short business presentations

Closing Ceremony

The LFM will waive the workshop and panel fees this year, opening it up to everyone that preregisters. Registration is open now for the panels and workshops here. Festival tickets will be $5 dollars and festival passes will be $10 with the goal of raising funds to provide our artists with a stipend for participation in the 2020 Latino Film Market/festival. The full list of films and programming is available online here.

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