New York Latino Film Festival Announces Festival Winners

This year's Festival demonstrated that culture is as resilient as the Latino community,

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NYLFF: “Hundreds of moviegoers supported more than 75 films from established and emerging filmmakers, with more than 10 countries represented.”
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The New York Latino Film Festival (NYLFF), celebrated the Latino film industry and content creators with the first-ever drive-in/in-person experiences and virtual programming from September 14 to 20, 2020.

NYLFF opened its 21st edition with Habla Now, the fifteenth installment of HBO Latino’s award-winning Habla documentary series by director and series creator, Alberto Ferreras.

Hundreds of moviegoers supported more than 75 films from established and emerging filmmakers, with more than 10 countries represented. A variety of genres and formats were presented, including features, shorts, documentaries, web series and experimental films.

Winners were announced at the conclusion of the Festival on Sunday, September 20, 2020 in the categories of U.S. Narrative, International Feature, Futuro web series, Documentary, U.S. Feature, Short Film, and Honorable Mention.

“We are inspired by the outpouring of content submitted and the incredible works created centered on the Latino experience. We are grateful for the support from our sponsors HBO and Warnermedia, and NYLFF’s strong and loyal community of moviegoers that share our passion for diversity in storytelling and inclusion. A special thank you to Ruben Diaz Jr., the Bronx Borough President for your warm welcome to the borough. This year’s Festival demonstrated that culture is as resilient as the Latino community, and we will continue to thrive in this country,” said Calixto Chinchilla, Founder of the New York Latino Film Festival.


Best U.S Narrative | AMARAICA

Directed by Tim Sparks In this emotionally charged drama ripped from the headlines, undocumented immigrant Roberto puts his plans for legal residency on hold when he becomes a new father at the onset of the US governments ‘Zero Tolerance’ child separation policy.

Best International Feature | MALPASO (Dominican Republic)

Directed by Hector M. Valdez After their grandfather dies, twin brothers struggle to find their way in the world, complicated by prejudice against one boy’s albinism.


Directed by Emil Gallardo When a crisis suddenly engulfs an elementary school campus, Ms. Leena, a determined art teacher, tries everything she can to save her frightened class.

Best Documentary | BIRTH WARS

Directed by Janet Jarman Told through deeply personal stories in the trenches of the healthcare sector, Birth Wars chronicles a power struggle between doctors and midwives in Mexico over differing visions of childbirth.

Futuro Webseries | GONE

Directed by Felix Martiz After being separated from her mother, Sarai is possessed with the power to make others disappear.

Honorable Mention | REFLECTION

Directed by: Timur Bootzin Manuel. Two worlds. Two lives. A story of choice and opportunity.

The New York Latino Film Festival (NYLFF) is presented by HBO. WarnerMedia is the Leading Sponsor. Major sponsors include Comcast NBCUniversal Telemundo, American Airlines, Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. Additional support provided by Motion Picture Association, Pitu Cachaca, Vertical Entertainment, The Quintessential Gentleman, La Nueva Link, Third World Newsreel and CV Graphix.


The New York Latino Film Festival (NYLFF) is the nation’s premier Urban Latino film event. Founded by Calixto Chinchilla in 1999, NYLFF aims to build audiences for Latino cinema, support the film community and foster relationships with Latino talent. Programming includes the flagship film festival, the Futuro Digital Conference, and more. For more information, visit

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