ABOUT THE HAVANA FILM FESTIVAL NEW YORK
After a year and a half of social distancing and online entertainment, the Havana Film Festival New York (HFFNY) is returning to in-person events at the Village East Cinema (181-189 2nd Ave, NYC) November 5-11, 2021
The way New York fought this devastating pandemic demonstrated the value of collaboration and collectively recognizing the importance of everything that makes us a community; from the city’s healthcare system and essential workers, through its economic conditions and art enterprises. From our front as a premier cultural event celebrating the multitude of cinematic voices of Latin America and the Caribbean, we see art as an essential part of the strength of our communities. And we hope you do as well.
In its 21st edition, the festival will showcase films from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, and the U.S, offering a cinematic window into the multiple perspectives that make up the Latin American diaspora and fostering an environment for industry professionals, film lovers, and Latinos to enrich and expand their vision of Latino culture. Filmmakers will join us in person to introduce audiences to their stories, interpretations, and approaches to the art of making movies. We are partnering with small, independently-owned bars, restaurants, and gallery spaces in the neighborhood to join us in celebrating Latin American stories and the region’s cultural presence in NYC. Two major focuses of this year’s festival are diversity and community, and a clear message to our audience to support local business.
HFFNY continues to uphold the reputation for which it is known: enriching and expanding the vision of Cuban and 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), Eliseo Subiela (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), Senel Paz (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.
Keep checking back for more information on this year’s films, showtimes, and special guests. We’re counting down the days until we meet once again at the movies!
Artistic Director, HFFNY
Outreach and Hospitality
Martin Nuñez Bonilla
CONTACT OUR OFFICE
4 West 43rd Street, Suite 304
New York, New York 10036
o: (212) 687-2146 / e: info@AFLFC.org
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