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Opening night film premiere, El Cuerno de la Abundancia (Horn of Plenty), a comedy by award winning Cuban filmmaker Juan Carlos Tabío and reception at The Directors Guild Theatre

50 years of the Development of Cuban Cinema
• Retrospective of Cuban master, Santiago Alvarez’ bold and unexpected images.
• Remembering Humberto Solas (1941-2008): Legendary filmmaker whose works encompassed key moments in Cuban and Latin American history
• Showcase of works by young Cuban filmmakers

Recent Puerto Rican Cinema: films by leading directors, Jacobo Morales, Raul Marchand, Edmundo Rodriguez, and Lilian Rosado

Stranger than Fiction:  A Tribute to award-winning Colombian director, Luis Ospina

Nuevas Miradas, New Views: the latest films produced by graduate students from the International School of Film and TV (EICTV), San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba

A selection of compelling documentaries

Premieres of award-winning films from the Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano that takes place each December in Havana

Special programming for children at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Educational programs including panel discussions, workshops, and Q&A sessions with filmmakers

Events with Filmmakers

Receptions and parties with Latin American delegates

Carole Rosenberg
Carole Rosenberg
Executive Director

Carole Rosenberg is the President of the American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba. She is an Art Consultant and Curator, as well as a Member of the Honorary Committee for the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba; President of the Lotus Club Foundation; Vice President of Alex Rosenberg Fine Art; Board Member of American Friends of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

Diana Vargas
Programming Director

Diana works in the publicity and promotion of cultural events in New York City, specializing in film and music festivals. She is 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). An integral member of the selection and programming committees for the Havana Film Festival New York and Corto Circuito/ShortCuts Latin American Short Film Festival, she is also a producer and media liaison with the CUNY-TV series “Nueva York”. She received several international awards for series producing the documentary series “Rostros y Rastros”. As journalist she writes for publications including Hoy (New York City), El Puente Latino and La Opinión (Los Angeles).

Yadira Huerta
Planning & Development Associate

Pilar Rico
Traffic Coordinator

Leslie Davis
Outreach & Marketing Assistant

Minerva Navarrete
Releases, Listings, Hotline

Marcos Fernandez

Giovanni Quinche
Graphic Design

Lucio Furlani
Web Design

German Restrepo
Programming Assistant

Ana Gonzalez – Hospitality & Traffic
Kathrin Birner – Marketing & Outreach


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 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.

American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba

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 Information


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