Boston Latino International Film Festival

September 27-30, 2018

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Since its inception in 2001, the Boston Latino International Film Festival (BLIFF) has been committed to using the power of film to break stereotypes, bring cultures and communities together and reveal the complex issues that affect the Latino community in the United States and other Spanish-speaking countries.

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4

VENUES

28

FILMS

4

DAYS

Jurors


  • Diego Arciniegas

    Actor/Director

    Jerónimo Arellano

    Professor/Author

    Juan Mandelbaum

    Producer/Director

  • Elsa Mosquera-Sterenberg

    Director, Arts Program at IBA

    Cecilia Préstamo

    Producer/Editor

    Alex Santiago Pérez

    Writer/Director

Diego Arciniegas
Actor/Director
Diego Arciniegas is an actor, producer, director and teacher.  He served as the Artistic Director of The Publick Theatre Boston from 2001 to 2011. His productions of Tom Stoppard's Arcadiaand Bill Cain’s Nine Circlesgarnered the Eliot Norton Award for best production in their respective years. Arciniegas himself received the Norton Award for best actor for his portrayal of Wolfgang Mozart in Amadeusand “the skin head” in Steven Dietz' God's Country. Last fall, Arciniegas directed Lost Tempo, a new play by Cliff Odle about opioid addiction in the African American community in New York’s jazz scene in the 1950’s at Boston’s Playwright’s Theatre, and starredinEl Desaparecido, an independent film by Margarita Martinez about the repression of the Puerto Rican independence movement, also set in the 1950’s. In October, Arciniegas will direct Julia Cho’s The Piano Teacherat The Kitchen Theatre Company in Ithaca, New York. Lastly, but not least, Arciniegas has taught rhetoric and performance at Wellesley College for over twenty years.
Jerónimo Arellano
Professor/Author
Jerónimo Arellano is Associate Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture at Brandeis University. He is the author of Magical Realism and the History of Emotions in Latin America(2015) and the editor of a special issue of the journal Revista de Estudios Hispánicos on comparative media studies (2016). His articles on Latin American literature and screenwriting have appeared in Hispanic Review, Revista Hispánica Moderna, theLatin American Research Review, and the Journal of Screenwriting, among other venues. He chairs the Latin American and Latino Studies Program at Brandeis.
Juan Mandelbaum
Producer/Director
Juan is Creative Director at Geovision, a Boston-based multicultural communications agency. His television work has been broadcast on a variety of venues, from Independent Lens to Sesame Street and has won multiple awards, including Emmy awards and nominations. Juan’s work has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, Centre Georges Pompidou, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Harvard Film Archive, Pacific Film Archive and Corcoran Gallery among others. At WGBH-TV, Juan was a Producer for the prime time PBS series Americas and Senior Producer on Ice Warriors, on the US Paralympic sled hockey team. His independent productions include Caetano in Bahia, Ringl and Pit, A New World of Music, and the Poetry Heaven series. His film Our Disappeared/Nuestros Desaparecidos, on people he knew who disappeared during the Argentine dictatorship in the 70s, was supported by the Sundance Institute, Latino Public Broadcasting and ITVS. It played in over thirty festivals worldwide and aired on the PBS series INDEPENDENT LENS and GLOBAL VOICES. Most recently, he was Consulting Producer on Chavela, a film on the legendary singer Chavela Vargas, which premiered at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival.
Elsa Mosquera-Sterenberg
Director, Arts Program at IBA
Elsa Mosquera-Sterenberg heads Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, the largest Latino cultural center in New England with a 425-person capacity performance hall, an art gallery, visual arts studio, movement and dance studio and office space. She oversees IBA’s artistic programs and offerings that include programming for the gallery, performances and art studios and the main hall. She has over 20 years of experience as manager in communications and publishing and as consultant for the creative industries. Her education is in Literature and Business Administration and she holds a Professional Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Harvard University.
Cecilia Préstamo
Producer/Editor
A Cuban exile raised in Miami, Cecilia Préstamo is a Boston-based Video Editor and Producer with over 20 years of experience in documentary journalism. This year, she has partnered with Boyd Productions on several national public television documentaries, including The Toolbox of America, about the growth of American manufacturing through the lens of one small New England community, and 3 Seconds Behind the Wheel, an American Public Television documentary on distracted driving to be released by PBS International in October of 2018. Cecilia edited and co-produced MIT’s Boston/New England Regional Emmy awarded documentary Hope Regenerated, which premiered at the Boston Museum of Science. Her editing credits include The War on Terror: Coming Home, awarded the regional Edward R. Murrow for Video News Documentary and Marathon Man; a short awarded the Boston/New England Regional Emmy for sports news. She also presently works as a Script Supervisor on narrative feature films, short films and episodic TV.
Alex Santiago Pérez
Writer/Director
Born in Puerto Rico in 1970, Alex Santiago Pérez studied History at the University of Puerto Rico, where he resides. He is the writer/director of The Cows with Glasses,his first feature film, which was chosen among the best films of 2015 by Sight & Sound magazine of the British Film Institute and was in countless festivals around the world. At present, Alex is working on the script of his next feature film: Andrea Waits.

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