13th Havana Film Festival in New York

About Us


The Havana Film Festival New York (HFFNY) collaborates with Havana's International Festival of New Latin American Cinema to introduce its audience to prominent and emerging filmmakers by showcasing the latest award-winning films and classics from and about Latin America, the Caribbean and the U.S. Latino community. HFFNY seeks to cultivate audience-artist dialogue through panel discussions designed to give a behind-the-scenes look at an industry that continues to gain global recognition. The festival program offers directors, actors and producers an opportunity to exchange ideas, enriches and expands the vision of Latino culture and provides a multi-cultural experience for a diverse audience.

The Havana Film Festival New York is a project of the American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) cultural organization fostering the exchange of artistic ideas and information between the U.S. and Cuba to strengthen social consciousness and cultural awareness.

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HFFNY History

Havana Film Festival New York (HFFNY) is an internationally recognized film festival celebrating Latin American cinema. In its 10th anniversary, HFFNY features more than 40 films from the most current cinematic talent -alongside the familiar- from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Puerto Rico, U.S. and Venezuela.

HFFNY upholds the reputation for which it is known: enriching and expanding the vision of Latino culture here in the United States. The films chosen each year reflect strong cultural and social identities rooted in their respective cities and countries. Our audience has an opportunity to see award-winning full-length feature films, documentaries, shorts, animation and classics as well as new independent films that are rarely screened in the U.S.

All foreign language films are subtitled in English.

HFFNY has paid tribute to some of the most important directors and actors including: Fernando Birri (Argentina), Walter Salles (Brazil), Silvio Caiozzi (Chile), Victor Gaviria (Colombia), Humberto Solas (Cuba), Juan Carlos Tabio (Cuba), Luis Alberto Garcia (Cuba), Jorge Prrugoría (Cuba), Tomás Gutiérrez Alea (Cuba), Arturo Ripstein (Mexico), Jacobo Morales (Puerto Rico), and Estela Bravo (US).

We continue to build a close relationship with our community and provide a multi-cultural experience to different age groups. Our patrons are educated through panel discussions designed to give a behind-the-scenes look at an industry that continues to gain recognition on a global level. By collaborating with other institutions and festivals, HFFNY caters to the most dynamic and rapidly growing international population.

Contact us

Havana Film Festival New York - 3 East 69th Street, New York, NY 10021
(212) 628-3494
(212) 681 8037
(212) 946-1839


Carole Rosenberg
Executive Director
Email: cr@aflfc.com

Carole Rosenberg is a distinguished member of the art world. For more than forty years, she has made significant contributions to New York's cultural landscape as an art dealer, curator, and philanthropic leader. The Havana Film Festival New York is one of the many projects she has undertaken in an effort to nurture cultural exchange, artistic development and understanding between the peoples of the U.S. and Cuba. She is President of the American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba, a member of the Honorary Committee of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba and and serves on the art and garden committees at Long House Reserve in East Hampton and the Community Board of The Water Mill Center.

Diana Vargas
Artistic Director
Email: press@dianavargas.com

Diana works in the publicity and promotion of cultural events in New York City, specializing in film and music festivals. She is an integral member of the selection and programming committees for the Havana Film Festival in New York and CortoCircuito / Short Cuts Latino Short Film Festival of New York. She is also a producer and media liaison with CUNY-TV series Nueva York for which she has received three consecutive Emmys. Diana has also been part of the Cinema Tropical team, an organization dedicated to distributing and promoting Latino films in the United States, and LART (Latino Artists Round Table). She received several international awards for the documentary series Rostros y Rastros. As a journalist she has published in newspapers and magazines including Hoy (New York City), El Puente Latino, Kinetoscopio (Colombia) and La Opinión (Los Angeles).

Sarah Bingham Miller
Production Manager

Giovanni Quinche
Graphic Design

Rosa Tejada
Board member

Justin Mahr

Daisy Soloway

Jorge A. Castillo
Programming Assistant - Hospitality

Johanna Pino
Programming Assistant - Traffic Coordinator

Monica Wise

Lorena Ramirez Lopez