WINNERS

Winners for the 2016 Film Festival are as follows:

Narrative Feature: I Am Gangster
Synopsis: A rebellious teenager, a hardcore gang member, and an idealistic cop risk everything to find their place in the crumbling fabric of modern America.
Director: Moritz Rechenberg, Run-Time: 1:45:00
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Narrative ShortVámonos
Synopsis: When Mac, a young butch Latina dies, her girlfriend Hope must overcome both personal grief and homophobic hostilities from Mac’s family in order to respectfully send Mac off into the after-life as she would’ve wanted.
Director: Marvin Lemus, Run-Time: 00:12:19
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Documentary FeatureLatino: The Changing Face of America
Synopsis: A revolution is occurring in the United States, a demographic revolution, and I am part of it.  I’m an American raised to be proud of my Mexican heritage. I’m a Latina. This is the story of my people.
Director: Roxanne Frias, Run-Time: 00:58:00
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Documentary Short¡Hola Kitty!
Synopsis: The film address the challenging issues of Latino illegal immigrants in the US. The main subject is a Latino immigrant who works in New York City in a Hello Kitty costume; a popular Japanese fictional character. Never revealing who's behind the mask, the film is a metaphor of faceless immigrants who work in the shadows of American society. The documentary blends social commentary with pop culture.
Director: Daniel Burity, Run-Time: 00:10:22
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LGBTQ: 400 Miles
Synopsis: At his father’s request, a young man returns home after several years to make peace with the man he vowed never to see again.  400 MILES is a story of forgiveness. Raul, a young man, gets word that his father—with whom he’s had an estranged relationship for years—is on his deathbed. Reluctantly, Raul makes the long journey home. Along the way, Raul reminisces of the events that both shaped and defined his relationship with his father.
Director: Felix Martiz, Run-Time: 00:29:39
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Avant-Garde: Immigration Turf
Synopsis: Shot on an I-Phone, "Immigration Turf" is an experimental interpretive dance video exploring the issue of ICE raids on undocumented families. Based on a true story, "Immigration Turf" explores the daily life of Johnny, a young turf dancer who is disillusioned by his father's struggle to find work as a day laborer. Right before his family sits down for dinner, unexpected guests arrive...
Director: Rafael Flores, Run-Time: 00:05:00
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Student Film: Morose
Synopsis: A lonely woman becomes embraced by a fantastic garden only to learn the importance of keeping beauty intact.
Director: Daniel Olivas, Run-Time: 00:02:00
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Youth Film4242
Synopsis: Cristi has just moved to an unknown country, far away from family and friends.
At first, she is happy for the challenge. But soon she begins to question her place in this new world that seems to be a lost town, made of absences, distances, silence and indifference.  '4242' is the story of a young female immigrant, a story of a teenager's anguish who is trying to redefine her identity after being forced to leave home.
Director: Sara Eustaquio, Run-Time: 00:11:12
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Music Video: Defend With Me
Musician: Ana Saldaña, Run-Time: 00:04:47
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FINALISTS

Take a 30-second sneak peak at this year's film finalists.

  • Defend With Me

    Defend With Me

    Submitted By: Ana Saldana Category: Music Video Runtime: 4:47

  • Manos de trabajadores y Caras de Luchadores

    Manos de trabajadores y Caras de Luchado

    Submitted By: Estela Najera Category: Youth Film Runtime: 1:26 Synopsis: A short yet meaningful film that conveys a powerful message around immigration,…

  • 4242

    4242

    Submitted By: Sara Eustaquio Category: Youth Film Runtime: 11:12 Synopsis: Cristi has just moved to an unknown country, far away from family…

  • Morose

    Morose

    Submitted By: Daniel Olivas Category: Student Film Runtime: 2:00 Synopsis: A lonely woman becomes embraced by a fantastic garden only to…

  • El Coyote

    El Coyote

    Submitted By: Javier Barboza Category: Student Film Runtime: 7:00 Synopsis: "El Coyote" is a Film based on true a story of…

  • Whittier Boulevard

    Whittier Boulevard

    Submitted By: Michael Patrick Spillers Category: LGBTQ Film Runtime: 16:55 Synopsis: A rock 'n roll fable about André, a transgender teen…

  • 400 Miles

    400 Miles

    Submitted By: Victor Martin Category: LGBTQ Film Runtime: 29:39 Synopsis: At his father’s request, a young man returns home after several…

  • How Far I Am

    How Far I Am

    Submitted By: Evan Apodaca Category: Documentary Short Runtime: 11:27 Synopsis: What happens to the Mexican traditions, identity and the ideologies of one…

  • ¡Hola Kitty!

    ¡Hola Kitty!

    Submitted By: Daniel Burity Category: Documentary Short Runtime: 10:22 Synopsis: The film address the challenging issues of Latino illegal immigrants in the…

  • Latino: The Changing Face of America

    Latino: The Changing Face of America

    Submitted By: Roxanne Frias Category: Documentary Feature Runtime: 58:00 Synopsis: A revolution is occurring in the United States, a demographic revolution,…

  • Everything Comes From the Streets

    Everything Comes From the Streets

    Submitted By: Alberto Lopez Pulido Category: Documentary Feature Runtime: 57:08 Synopsis:

  • Vámonos

    Vámonos

    Submitted By: Marvin Lemus Category: Narrative Short Runtime: 12:19 Synopsis: When Mac, a young butch Latina dies, her girlfriend Hope must overcome…

  • A Good Man

    A Good Man

    Submitted By: Gary Alvarez Category: Narrative Feature Runtime: 8:45 Synopsis:

  • I Am Gangster

    I Am Gangster

    Submitted By: Moritz Rechenberg Category: Narrative Feature Runtime: 01:45:00 Synopsis: A rebellious teenager, a hardcore gang member, and an idealistic…

  • Gods

    Gods

    Submitted By: Gustavo Coletti Category: Narrative Feature Runtime: 01:36:48 Synopsis: God is waiting in a brothel from heaven, that the…

  • Immigration Turf

    Immigration Turf

    Synopsis: Shot on an I-Phone, "Immigration Turf" is an experimental interpretive dance video exploring the issue of ICE raids on…

  • Narrative Feature

    Narrative Feature

    Narrative films with a running time of more than 40 minutes. ***Only World premieres may be considered for Opening and…

  • Narrative Short

    Narrative Short

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

  • Documentary Feature

    Documentary Feature

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

  • Documentary Short

    Documentary Short

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

  • LGBTQ Film

    LGBTQ Film

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

  • Avant-Garde Film

    Avant-Garde Film

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

  • Student Film

    Student Film

    Films that have been directed and produced while a student in an established film school or program are eligible for…

  • Youth Film

    Youth Film

    Films that have been directed and produced while a student in an established film school or program are eligible for…

  • Music Video

    Music Video

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