NY Latino Film Festival returned to the Bronx as drive-thru, in-person experience
The 20th annual New York Latino Film Festival made its triumphant return Wednesday evening in the South Bronx after being canceled last year due to the pandemic.
This year's new format allowed for attendees to watch movies right from their cars, in front of the big screen or even online.
Organizers say the New York Latino Film Festival is the only film festival that exclusively celebrates Latino filmmakers, actors and artists.
It features a roster of 100 films representing more than 12 countries to showcase diversity.
Wednesday night was a sold-out event. There was a special screening of the 2003 film “Raising Victor Vargas,” starring Rasuk.
The festival’s founder, Calixto Chinchilla, talked about what it means to celebrate the culture, especially coming out of the pandemic.
“To prove that you can’t cancel the culture, that we’re here, that we can do it,” says Chinchilla. “This whole moment is about empowering and inspiring the community.”
The festival will run through Wednesday. Tickets are available on their website or you can sign up digital viewings for free.