About ChIFF

Our History

Founding MembersChicano con Camera
In 1995, A La Brava Productions/Cine Sin Fin founded the first East L.A. Chicano Film Festival (now the Chicano International Film Festival).  Since 1995, the film festival has screened a vast array of films – including short and full length narratives, documentaries, and avant-garde films – exposing the perspective of Chicana/o culture and capturing the diversity of Chicana/o film.

Over the years, these projects have been displayed at multiple venues throughout Los Angeles, including Self Help Graphics, the Highland Theater, the Ricardo Montalban Theater, Casa 0101 and more.  This decades long tradition has continued to increase awareness and appreciation for Chicano culture across the United States, as well as internationally throughout Canada, Cuba, France, Germany and Mexico.

In the spring of 1991, three Chicano friends, Jaime Gutierrez, Eduardo and Ernesto Espinoza (Los Cuates), met at U.C. Berkeley.  While at Berkeley the three started a magazine called A La Brava, which featured art, poetry and political commentary.  They returned to East Los Angeles in 1995, and were joined by Jaime’s brother, Marcos Gutierrez.  Together, they began volunteering at the Aztlán Cultural Arts Foundation at the old city jail in Lincoln Heights.  They organized multi-media events of Chicana/o art for the foundation.  During this time, they were approached by filmmakers who wanted to set up a theater in one of the rooms, seeking an opportunity to expose their projects. They had submitted their projects to numerous film festivals through the normal application process, but to no avail.  The light bulb turned on! In September 1995, these four young men created Cine Sin Fin with the intention to resolve the discrimination and struggle faced by Chicana/o filmmakers....READ MORE

Film Categories

Narrative films with a running time of more than 40 minutes. ***Only World premieres may be considered for Opening and Closing Night. “World Premiere” is defined as any film having not received a theatrical run or festival screening of any kind.

Narrative films with a running time of less than 40 minutes.

Documentary films with a running time of more than 40 minutes.

Documentary films with a running time of less than 40 minutes.

Films and videos submitted can be of any length and should be of interest to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered communities.

Non-narrative experimental projections of film/ video of any length will be considered.

Films that have been directed and produced while a student in an established film school or program are eligible for the Student Film competition.

Films that have been directed and produced while a student in an established film school or program are eligible for the Student Film competition.

Music videos of any genre with a running time of less than 6 minutes.

Our Members

  • Chuy Santillan
    Award winning filmmaker, Chuy Santillan, (Imagen Award) has always had a feel for Chicano cinema. An Oxnard native,…
  • Antonio Ogaz
    Antonio, or "Tony" as his friends call him, is a dynamic, creative, media professional with over 20 years of…
  • Jaime Segall-Gutierrez
    Jaime Gutierrez, Esq. born in East Los Angeles, raised throughout Southern California.  He is a prominent Civil Rights…
  • Eduardo Espinoza
    Eduardo was born and raised in Boyle Heights, CA and posesses a B.A in Architecture from the University of…
  • Ernesto Espinoza
    Ernesto Espinoza is currently the Director of Real Estate and Economic Development for the Coalition for Responsible Community…
  • Jeanne Zacarias
    Jeanne Zacarías is a native Angeleno, born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. She graduated from Wesleyan…
  • Lia Salgado
    Lia Salgado was born in Massillon, Ohio and was raised in Chicago’s south side before moving to Orange County,…
  • Lorena Salazar Zermeño
    Lorena Salazar Zermeño is a San Diego native, raised in Baja California, Mexico, and the San Fernando Valley.…
  • Alicia Vargas
    Alicia is a self-identified Xicanotita from the wonderland known as occupied Aztlan. She is the first woman in…
  • Mark Torres
    Mark Torres has been providing space for Chicano and all Latin American groups since 1995 on his Award…
  • Doug Ruiz
    Doug grew up listening to the chants of "Chicano Power" and witnessed "El Movimiento" unfold before his eyes when he was…
  • Andrea Ramirez-Martinez
    Andrea Ramirez-Martinez, born and raised in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. Spending most of her life growing up in Los…
  • Julian Peña
    Julian Peña is an undergraduate (class of 2017) at Stanford University, studying Electrical Engineering and Religious Studies. He…

Our Mission

ChIFF's mission is to broaden the opportunities for young Chicano/Latino film makers across the world!

ChIFF is dedicated to advancing the awareness and understanding of Chicana/o history, culture and expression through the art of film.  Since 1995, ChIFF has been celebrating the robust contributions of Chicana/o by providing a platform that connects filmmakers and audiences from around the world. ChIFF combines screenings, art installations, panel discussions, performances and community events to cultivate a deeper discussion of the Chicana/o experience.

ChIFF is committed to making a difference. By providing mentoring and educational opportunities, we inspire and empower future filmmakers. The heart of ChIFF is building connection with the television, film and digital media industries to create possibility and opportunity for future generations of filmmakers and storytellers.

Public Relations

For all PR inquiries contact or submit your correspondence to the following:

Contact Andrea Ramirez-Martinez at (323) 457-3728.
publicrelations@chicanoiff.com

Marketing Relations

For all Marketing inquiries contact or submit your correspondence to the following:

Contact Jeanne Zacarias at (323) 457-3728.
marketing@chicanoiff.com