¡Bienvenidos! Welcome to the 14th edition of the Boston Latino International Film Festival.

For BLIFF, this is a year of many firsts. It’s our first time collaborating with Emerson College’s Bright Lights and ArtsEmerson programs, and we’re thrilled to have them as partners. Another first—we’ve introduced an Audience Award, to give our audience a chance to select the film they like best. And this is my first year as Festival Director. I’ve been given the opportunity to bring together Boston’s many film-loving communities to hear the voices of Latino filmmakers, which is something I’m so grateful for.

The hard-working staff of BLIFF and I hope you’ll leave the theatres feeling moved, outraged, joyful, but mostly proud — proud of our Latino stories. We hope BLIFF will help correct misconceptions of who we are. We hope BLIFF will show we are complex, provocative, funny, and possess a voice that helps make this country work as well as it does. In other words, our Latino voice is one of the things that makes this country great.

¡Que lo disfruten! Enjoy!

Sabrina Avilés

Watch the video below for a preview of some of this year’s narrative films.