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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

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The 10th Havana Film Festival New York is looking for volunteers to work in a variety of positions before and during the festival, which will take place April 16-23. The weeklong program of events includes film screenings, numerous premieres, panels moderated by industry leaders, a gala opening event, etc…. The festival is celebrated at various venues throughout the city.

The following volunteer positions are currently available:

  • Administrative – assist as needed in mailing materials, stuffing envelopes and festival gifts; data entry; answering phone, and placing phone calls as needed; assist in the creation of “The Book” for HFFNY 2009
  • Community Outreach – Conduct research for and assist in developing promotion strategies to target audiences; develop strategies to outreach universities, organizations, and consulates; establish relationships with online communities
  • Marketing Research – Assist in the data collection and analysis of a questionnaire, and get a first-hand insight of the Festival and its audience. Volunteers will distribute and administer surveys before and after movie screenings in Greenwich Village on at least 2 days between April 16th and April 23rd. Data analysis will take place by the end of April. Prior knowledge in marketing research is not required
  • Publicity and Advertising – assist in the distribution of accurate and relevant information to all community centers, cultural institutions, consulates, as well as ethnic media around the city; mass mailings; find other publications, radio, television shows, etc., that cater to our target audience and coordinate the distribution of publicity material

Time commitment: The above opportunities offer flexibility sensitive to your schedule, but punctuality and reliability are essential. We need volunteers that can dedicate at least 2 days a week before the festival, and be available more frequently throughout the festival (April 14-24).

  • Traffic and Hospitality – 1-2 volunteers needed to assist the Traffic Coordinator with travel arrangements for all national and international guests. Volunteers will also assist in the distribution of films for screenings at all venues. They will have the opportunity to work “behind the scenes”, helping to insure that all production and technical aspects of the screenings run smoothly
  • Translators/Guides – we will need bilingual guides (Spanish/English) throughout the festival for our international directors, filmmakers, and other special guests. Translators have the opportunity to interact with international filmmakers while providing translation for various events including panels and Q&A sessions, among other things. Translators will act as guides for the directors in NYC, ensuring safe and timely arrival to events and other commitments. Must be completely fluent in both languages, and posses a strong knowledge of the NYC area
  • Ushers for Quad Cinema – we need 2 head ushers for this venue. Ushers will coordinate the distribution of festival print materials to our patrons, including the festival catalogue, and seating for all films during their time slot. Must be friendly, outgoing, and punctual. Bilingual in Spanish/English desired, but not required.
    Ushers needed for: 12-5pm; April 17-23 and 5-11pm; April 17-23
  • Ushers for all other venues – we need at least 2 ushers per venue at all times during events and screenings. Ushers will greet patrons and guests, distribute the festival catalogue and other handouts, help manage Will Call passes, and provide overall customer service. Must be friendly, outgoing, punctual, and able to multi-task. Bilingual is preferred, but not required

Time Commitment: The above opportunities require volunteers that will be readily available beginning April 13-24, and can volunteer a minimum of 2 days during the festival. Volunteers should be punctual, reliable, and flexible in terms of responsibilities assigned to them.

If you wish to participate in this exciting event, meet interesting people, and make a contribution to the Latin American cultural life of the city, send your resume, area of interest, and availability to: Be sure to list your full name, address and phone number in your message.


HFFNY has developed exciting and rewarding internships on an individual basis with students from various universities and colleges throughout New York City, including Hunter College, NYU, and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. HFFNY is working to establish an internship program that will further our mission to enrich and expand the vision of Latino culture and provide a multi-cultural experience for a our interns, be it through planning and development of the festival, marketing and community outreach, and any other elements that play a key role in the festival’s success.

Internships for HFFNY 2009 are no longer available. Some exceptions can be made to students still eligible to receive independent credit for the Spring semester after February 20, 2009. Please check with your school’s department before contacting us.

If you are a student interested in obtaining an internship with the Havana Film Festival New York for Summer 2009, and/or 2010-2011 school year, please contact Yadira Huerta at or call the HFFNY office at (212) 687-2146.