Havana Film Festival New York (HFFNY) is an internationally recognized film festival celebrating Latin American cinema. In its 19th anniversary, HFFNY features more than 25 films from the most exciting cinematic talent from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Spain and the United States. HFFNY upholds the reputation for which it is known: enriching and expanding the vision of Latino culture in the United States. The films chosen each year reflect strong cultural and social identities rooted in their respective countries. The festival offers our audience the opportunity to see award-winning full-length feature films, documentaries, shorts, animation, and classics as well as new independent films rarely screened in the U.S.
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 Perugorría (Cuba), Tomás Gutiérrez Alea (Cuba), Arturo Ripstein (Mexico), Jacobo Morales (Puerto Rico), and Estela Bravo (U.S.).
We continue forging a close relationship with our community, providing a multi-cultural experience to different age groups. Our special events, including retrospectives and panel discussions with notable local and international directors, actors, and producers, provide our audience with educational opportunities as well as 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 is able to bring to NY the work of the most dynamic international Latino filmmakers.
Diana is a New York based film programmer and TV producer. She has been part of Havana Film Festival New York’s team since 2001 and its artistic director / programmer since 2003. Her tireless dedication to Latin American cinema includes programming multiple showcases taking place in New York throughout the year, such as Corto Circuito, the Latino Shorts Film Festival of New York, that since 2014 has a new circuit in Cali, Colombia. The Americas Film Festival NY (TAFFNY), Ícaro Film Festival New York (a festival dedicated to promoting Central American cinema), HBO NY Latino Film Festival, the Lima Film Festival in Peru and, IndieBo, the Bogota Independent Film Festival in Colombia. Diana is the U.S. representative of the International School of Film and TV in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba. She has also worked in several award-winning documentaries, and written for different publications. As a producer for CUNY-TV series Nueva York, Diana has received seven Emmys. She also works as media consultant for several cultural events in New York City spanning film, music and theater.
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.
American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba (AFLFC), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is a leader in cultural exchange between the U.S. and Cuba. Its programs, including visual arts, film, and dance initiatives, enable American and Cuban artists, art students, professionals, and academics to interact with each other, providing rich and rewarding experiences that are fundamental for the development of their careers while building cultural bridges between both nations. HFFNY is its flagship project. For more information, visit www.aflfc.org.
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 serves on the art and garden committees at Long House Reserve in East Hampton and the Community Board of The Water Mill Center.
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