July 28, 2007 (New York, NY) – The 9th edition of the New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) concluded with some of the most exciting films in cinema, indelible red carpets events and remarkable attendance records this year. NYILFF announced the winners of its festival awards at its Closing Night ceremony on Sunday, July 27, at El Morocco (3534 Broadway). Awards were given out in four categories, and the winners were as follows:

Director Paul Boyd was the recipient of the Best Picture Award, presented by HBO, for his narrative feature, Vicious Circle—a tragic punk rock Latino love story, starring Paul Rodriguez, Jr. and Emily Rios, delivering the tales of a raw, edgy, teenage Romeo and Juliet with a murder mystery twist. Producer Angelina Boyd, who accepted on behalf of Paul Boyd, was presented with a prize of $2,500 provided by HBO and $500.00 in Kodak Motion Picture film stock.

In an unexpected tie, NYILFF honored both Transvestites Also Cry and La Americana for Best Documentary. Directed by Sebastiano d'Ayala Valva, Transvestites Also Cry, which tells the story of two Ecuadorian transsexuals who work as prostitutes in Paris, demonstrates how life is often a precarious balance between willful optimism and a quiet fatalism. The second winning documentary, La Americana, is an unforgettable story woven into the current immigration debate in the United States, putting a human face on this timely and controversial issue. This film was directed by Nicholas Bruckman and John Mattiuzzi.

First-time filmmaker Juan Manuel Betancourt received the award for Best Short for Rojo Red, a tale of a young boy who pulls apart the threads of reality in this brilliantly imaginative Colombian short that fuses live action, stop-motion and 3D animation. Betancourt, d’Ayala Valva and Bruckman/Mattiuzzi all received an Avid Media Composer and $500.00 in Kodak Motion Picture Stock.

The Heineken Red Star Award was presented to a director whose film pushes the boundaries of creativity, providing a unique vision and execution. Cristobal Valderrama won the prize for his direction of Malta Con Huevo, a twisting story of two mismatched friends who decide to move in together, resulting in unintended, truly far-reaching consequences. This film’s innovative storyline is a testament to the type of thought provoking films the Heineken Red Star Award recognizes. Heineken has partnered with Variety Magazine and the Independent Film Channel (IFC) to bring well-deserved publicity and visibility to the Heineken Red Star Award recipients and their films. Valderamma received a crystal statuette created by Tiffany and Co., a two-page spread in Variety, and a trip to Los Angeles to meet with executives and network with other winners from the Red Star Award Program.

The 2008 NYILFF was presented by HBO, and made possible with the additional support of Official Sponsors HBO Latino, Heineken, Suzuki Auto, TBS & TNT, American Airlines, The Hollywood Reporter, Daily News/VNY, Telemundo, Time Warner Cable’s New York City Region, 103.5 WKTU, WNBC and The NYILFF is also proud to have Absolut, Café Bustelo, El Especial/El Especialito Newspapers, Kodak Gallery, Latina Media Ventures,,, Overture Films & State Street Pictures, Roger Smith Hotel, Tequila Tres Generaciones™, and De Película and De Película Clásico as Benefactor Sponsors. Special Thanks to Avid Technology Inc., BMI, Latino Public Broadcasting, Ethos Water, Showbiz Software, Tribeca Film Institute and the Mayor’s Office for Film, Theater and Broadcasting.®

Launched in 1999, the New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) is now the premier Urban Latino film event in the country. The NYILFF's mission is to showcase the works of the hottest emerging Latino filmmaking talent in the U.S. and Latin America, offer expansive images of the Latino experience, and celebrate the diversity and spirit of the Latino community. Programming includes the flagship film festival in NYC, new music and art showcases, family and community events, scholarships for aspiring filmmakers, and a nationally recognized short film competition in partnership with HBO. The NYILFF is the only film event to have had the endorsement of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's NYC Latin Media and Entertainment Commission since its formation in 2003.

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Movie Premieres & Free Programmings!

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Showcase Premieres

Opening Night
Come join us in premiering “American Son” on Opening Night!
Starring Nick Cannon, Melonie Diaz, Jay Hernandez, Chi McBride, Matt O’Leary, Ray Santiago, Tom Sizemore.
Directed by Neil Abramson
July 22, 7:00pm Tuesday @ Directors Guild Theater

Dominican Night
Heineken Presents “60 Miles East”, a detailed documentary of Dominicans who risk their lifes in search of better ones.
Thursday July 24 7:00pm @ Directors Guild Theater

Closing Night
The World Premiere of “The Ministers” is screening on Saturday July 26, 7:00pm @ Directors Guild Theater.
Directed & Written by Franc. Reyes

Big Pun
On July 24, 9:30pm @ Directors Guild Theatre come to the World Premiere of “Big Pun: The Legacy”.
Featuring interviews with Rosie Perez, DMX, Snoop Dogg and Juelz Santana, among others.

Celia the Queen
Come to the Specical Screening of “Celia The Queen”
Directors Joe Cardona and Mario de Varona use archival footage of both Celia and her loving husband, Pedro Knight, to tell the inspiring story of a little girl from Havana who became an international diva.
Friday July 25 7:00pm @ Directors Guild Theater

Talento de Barrio
Hey Daddy Yankee fans!
Come see him in his World Premiere in “Talento de Barrio” as Edgar Dinero, a misunderstood product of the slums of Puerto Rico who becomes torn between the street life of his childhood neighborhood and his ambition to become something more.
Wednesday July 23 7:00pm @ Directors Guild Theater

Free Programming!

Youth Showcase
The New York International Latino Film Festival and Kodak Gallery present the 1st annual NYILFF Youth Showcase, which is a collection of films made by Latino youth from across the nation.
Saturday July 26 2:00pm @ Helen Mills 137-139 West 26th Street (Between 6th & 7th Avenues)

Cinema Under the Stars
Maria Victoria in “Los Paquetas de Paquita”
Saturday, July 26 Screening at Sundown (8:30pm)
@ Thomas Jefferson Park

"Humboldt Park" Sneak-Peek Panel with director, producers and actors from film
Meet cast members, producers, from State Street Pictures ("Barbershop", "Men of Honor", "Notorious", "Roll Bounce') and see advanced scenes from this highly anticipated release.
Wednesday July 23 4:00pm @ HBO - 1100 Avenue of the Americas
(42nd and 43nd Streets)



NYILFF Promo Shoots

New York International Latino Film Festival Showcase Premieres

American Son

Big Pun: The Legacy

Celia The Queen

Days of Wrath


Talento Del Barrio

The Ministers

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Pictures from the commerical shoot!

Glenys Javier


Jenn Pinto

Director, Trina Bardusco with the guys from Room 28, Michael Diaz (top), Jaime Fernandez (right) and Jerry Diaz (left)


Rephstar and Patty Dukes


Rephstar and Patty Duke and with directors, Alberto Ferreras and Trina Bardusco


Log of the producer, Jennifer C. Stetson, from the shoot of "El Tux", the short selected as the winner of the 2008 HBO/NYILFF Short Film Award

"El Tux" Production Update - Day 1 (Saturday)

What a fantastic first day. Crew call yesterday morning was at 6:30AM. The director was determined to be the "key master" and was first to set at 5:15AM, school keys in hand, followed shortly by his producer, first AD and production manager. Craft service showed up early to get a delicious hot breakfast ready for the crew, and by 7AM, we were in full swing.

First shot up was in the limo, and we needed the two stars of the show: Bobby and the tux. Here they are below with director Paco Farias.


We were working with a few minors, and we had a great studio teacher, Jean Erikson, who checked everyone's work permits and made sure we were following the rules. One of our minors, Darlene Mendoza, had just had a quiceañiera of her own, so this was old hat. Here she is smiling with costume designer Ivy Thaide on the left and make-up assistant Carolina Salcedoon the right. Her "date", actor Ryan Weltzien, is standing behind her.


We all were excited to see a near-instant rough cut of the limo scene, courtesy of our on-set editor Jenn Garrison. Sometimes with her headphones on, she couldn't tell how loud she was laughing at the footage she was cutting. Quiet on the set!


The work in the limo took the first half of the day until lunch. Here's Paco with his producer looming over his shoulder and his extraordinarily diligent script supervisor Yuko Harada by his side.


After lunch we moved indoors to shoot the middle school hallway scene. Below, co-producer and DP Clay Westervelt checks the monitor while prepping the money shot of our beautiful and talented female lead, Shelbie Bruce, storming down the hall to chew out her injured quiñcenera date.


While shooting the hallway scenes, even our director was in danger of ruining takes by laughing out loud. Below, our lead, Harvey Guillen, hams for the camera between takes, as our head make-up artist Tracy Richards touches him up. Harvey's on-screen best buddy, Robby Bruce, has fun with props.


After a quick last-minute location change, handled smoothly and creatively by all, we got our "martini shot" (last shot of the day), released all actors on time, and "made" our day (got all intended shots), all because of our extremely talented DGA 1st AD Jonathan Zimmerman and his production team. Jonthan is a seasoned pro in this business and is revered by all on set.


We wrapped at 6:45 pm. It was an amazing day, creatively charged by a group of true professionals. Now that we've got the payoff, it's time for the set-up. Today we're in "Bobby's" house, establishing his family relationships and getting our introduction to the tux. We have an excellent house location and we're looking forward to a great day. More tomorrow.

-Jennifer C. Stetson, Producer
Photos by Jennifer C. Stetson and Jeannie Koenigsberg

"El Tux" Production Update - Day 2 (Sunday)

The second and final day of shooting on "El Tux" was a screaming success. We got everything we needed and thanks to the tenacity and creativity of our "still man," Tracy Birdsell and the team, we got fantastic stills of the cast against an all white background. Special thanks to the producer's husband for chipping in and helping set up the backdrop. The director's spouse made it to set, too, with a little inspiration. Here's Amanda with baby Sofia who thought the mini-water bottles at craft service were the greatest.


Craft service is the place where cast and crew get drinks, snacks and other necessities. One necessity yesterday was sunscreen. We made sure to keep everyone hydrated and out of the sun as much as possible. Below PA's Richard Ruiz and Sky Gaven keep cool and "lock up" the back door (they keep everyone quiet and still during takes).


The feeling on set was collegial and very positive. Everyone wanted to chip in and make a great film. Darlene Mendoza, our "Gabby" even came back to set on a day she wasn't scheduled to shoot with her own real quinceañiera dress so she could get some photos with our "Bobby" Harvey Guillen. Meanwhile, I got a great photo of her and Shelby Bruce, our "Suzy."


As we moved from the dining room to the front entrance of the house, the sun moved toward the East. Caught without an umbrella, production designer Rob Howeth made good use of his 5-ton truck. We were all grateful for the additional shade.


Video village (where we use monitors to view the footage as it's shot) benefited as well. Below, script supervisor Yuko Harada makes some notes on the last take.


Filming the front of the house was a real treat. The neighborhood was very supportive of our film and excited to see us at work. Here Becky Gomez (our "Claudia") and Daniel Mora (our "Tomas") hang by the front fence to enjoy Harvey Guillen's hilarious facial expressions during the porch scene.


At the end of the day, I was one happy producer, and very proud to be working with a director on the verge of big success who cares deeply about both the quality of his work and the well-being of his cast and crew. I will never forget the blocking rehearsal for the first scene of the day when no fewer than 18 people were crowded around every doorway and archway near the dining room to watch and listen to Paco rehearse the scene with the actors. Once I tore my own eyes away from the scene to look around at everyone else, I realized there wasn't a single face without a big smile. To me, that characterizes the entire shoot.


-Jennifer C. Stetson, Producer
Photos by Jennifer C. Stetson and Jonathan Zimmerman


NYILFF 2008 Trailer!

Tickets! Tickets! Tickets!

Come before it is too late.
Get your tickets on June 27,2008!!
Hurry before it runs out!!
Remember June 27, 2008!


New York International Latino Film Festival seeks Volunteers for 2008!

New York International Latino Film Festival seeks Volunteers for 2008!

Join the 1 U.S celebration of Latino cinema by serving as a volunteer at the 2008 New York International Latino Film Festival: July 22-27 in NYC.

Our volunteers range from students and professionals to filmmakers and retirees and each shares a common love of film. Volunteers are expected to understand the importance of reliability, enjoy working with the public, and appreciate the value of team spirit.

If you would like to join our team, please fill out the online application form at Once we receive and review your application, we will contact you with volunteer opportunities that best fit your experience and availability.

For more information, please email us at

NYILFF dates!

The dates for the New York international Latino Film Festival are from July 22-27, 2008.

Dont miss it! Come and check it out!




HBO has teamed with THE NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL LATINO FILM FESTIVAL (NYILFF) to find the next hot Latino Filmmaker. The HBO/NYILFF Short Film Competition is an opportunity for one talented filmmaker to receive $15,000 in funding to produce and direct on digital video (DV) an original short film narrative. The final film produced from the winning screenplay will be presented on screen this summer during the 2008 New York International Latino Film Festival.

Please visit www. NYLatinoFilm. com for more info and an application.




HBO y New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) se ha unido en busca del próximo(a) Cineasta. LA COMPENTENCIA DE CORTOMETRAJE DE HBO/ NYILFF es una oportunidad donde el ganador(a) recibirá US $15,000 en la financiación para producir y dirigir en Video Digital (DV), un cortometraje original. La película final producida del guión victorioso en este competencia será presentada este verano durante El 2008 New York International Latino Film Festival.

Por Favor visite www. NYLatinoFilm. com para más información y aplicación.



Apple will screen a couple of clips from 'Hero The Great' followed by a Q&A with writer/director Juan Caceres and Tracy Perez at the Apple Store as part of The Moving Pictures Collective on Tuesday, 22 April 6:00-8:00pm

Apple Store, SoHO is located at 103 Prince Street (at Greene St). closest subways are the Prince St N/R, Broadway Lafayette F/V, B/D, 6 and the Spring Street C/E stations.

Seating is limited to first come, first serve.


HBO has teamed with THE NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL LATINO FILM FESTIVAL (NYILFF) to find the next hot Latino Filmmaker. The HBO/NYILFF Short Film Competition is an opportunity for one talented filmmaker to receive $15,000 in funding to produce and direct on digital video (DV) an original short film narrative. The final film produced from the winning screenplay will be presented on screen this summer during the 2008 New York International Latino Film Festival.

For Application, Rules and Regulation go to:



Rosario (Kate del Castillo) is an illegal immigrant who had to leave her son Carlitos (Adrian Alonso) behind in Mexico to find work in the U.S. After working dutifully for several years and sending money back home for Carlitos, Rosario goes on a dangerous journey to be reunited with her son. Plus, unbeknownst to her, little Carlitos also takes off to find his mother.


Maldeamores (in English, Lovesickness) is a 2007 Puerto Rican film starring Luis Guzmán, written by Carlos Ruíz Ruíz and Jorge Gonzales, and directed by Ruíz and his wife Mariem Pérez Riera.

The film consists of three separate stories dealing with the ironies of love. The three stories involve a middle class family, a hostage situation, and an elderly couple.

Academy Award-winning actor Benicio del Toro (who is from Puerto Rico) worked as an executive producer for the film.
On September 24, 2007, the film was chosen to represent Puerto Rico at the 80th Academy Awards to be celebrated February 24, 2008. The film competed with other four Puerto Rican films and was selected after a tie with Jacobo Morales' Angel. The other three films submitted were: El Cimarrón, Ruido, and El Clown.


Javier Bardem wins Oscar

Javier Bardem wins for Best Supporting Actor in 'No Country for Old Men' at the 80th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, California.


Javier Bardem The Bad Boy on EW




Feburary, a new month, a new short.

Folks, meet 24 year old Brazilian YURI ALVES out of New Jersey. This kid has got an eye for shot selection and for editing. I like how tight the editing was on this.

Professional hitman Xavier (Demis Tambo) is on the run from mysterious assassins, however, his greatest challenge erupts from within his tortured soul. As Xavier desperately searches for sanity, his destiny unexpectedly becomes intertwined with the fate of an innocent woman.

Filmmaker Yuri Alves produces an unrelenting film noir made memorable by its unique cinematography, raw storytelling, and unforgettable conclusion.

Until the next episode in March...



Virgin In Espanol

Virgin America has started offering passengers Spanish-language independent films and TV programs as part of its Red Inflight Entertainment System.

-courtesy of Latino Loop

Latinos In Sundance pt. 2

Mexican director Ernesto Contreras’ film “Párpados Azules” took home the special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival over the weekend. Also awarded at Sundance was Alex Rivera’s “Sleep Dealer”, which received the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award and the Alfred P. Sloan Award.

-courtesy of Latino Loop



Nominated for Best Actor In Supporting Role



No Country for Old Men




Two Drifting Life Rafts on a Sea of Circumstance

There’s not a single wrong note in “Liberty Kid,” Ilya Chaiken’s poignant drama about marginal lives strained to breaking by the aftermath of Sept. 11.

When the best friends Derrick (Al Thompson) and Tico (Kareem Saviñon) lose their concession-stand jobs at the Statue of Liberty after the terrorist attacks, they drift into low-level drug dealing and petty insurance scams. But the Dominican-born Derrick has higher aspirations for a college future and regular support payments for his two young children, and when Army recruiters come calling — assuring him that a war with Iraq is “not gonna happen” — he makes a decision he will come to regret.

Tender, wise and deceptively low-key, “Liberty Kid” reaches beyond its vulnerable protagonists to enfold an entire class of circumstantial victims. Gently nudging her story in unexpected directions, Ms. Chaiken never allows her small budget to show: from Eliot Rockett’s beautifully lighted photography to the ease with which the actors inhabit their roles, everything about this film feels effortless. Even a support-group scene featuring real Iraq war veterans, which could have appeared jarringly staged, rings with understated authenticity.

Focusing on the quotidian over the episodic, “Liberty Kid” quietly accumulates emotional power. Not until the graceful, perfectly judged conclusion do we realize how much we care.


Opens on Wednesday in Manhattan.

Written and directed by Ilya Chaiken; director of photography, Eliot Rockett; edited by Dave Rock; music by Jeff Grace; production designer, Jesse Cain; produced by Larry Fessenden, Mike S. Ryan and Roger Kass; released by Glass Eye Pix. At the Two Boots Pioneer Theater, 155 East Third Street, at Avenue A, East Village. Running time: 1 hour 32 minutes. This film is not rated.

WITH: Al Thompson (Derrick), Kareem Saviñon (Tico), Raquel Jordan (Denice), Rosa Ramos (Awilda), Anny Mariano (Sister), Johnny Rivera (Nelson) and Rayniel Rufino (Mike).

Source: NY TIMES


LatinoReview Launches Exclusive Monthly Screening Series

LatinoReview (LR) announced today it's launch of a monthly film screening series with exclusive content on their website. Every month, the website will launch and exhibit the selected short film with its never seen before content in it's entirety on the LatinoReview site. To embark on this event, the first inaugural short for the new year and the month of January is RED PRINCESS BLUES ANIMATED: THE BOOK OF VIOLENCE.

LatinoReview who has reviewed many films in the past, decided this time they would switch it up and provide an opportunity for filmmakers. LR has always been able to provide exclusive interviews and reviews, but with the added content, this is sure to provide passage way for films that may not in the normal route obtain notoriety through regular media outlets. LR will launch once a month a short film that has not been viewed online before alongside with intimate review. This month's film will be reviewed by LR's notorious "El Mayimbe".

The short film RED PRINCESS BLUES ANIMATED: THE BOOK OF VIOLENCE (RPB) is written and produced by Alex Ferrari. Making his directorial debut is Dan Cregan. RPB is an animated short film prequel to Ferrari's feature film RED PRINCESS BLUES. The tale is about twelve year old girl who finds herself in a strange country looking for her father. She is taken in by a unique looking man who goes by Nino. The short film is narrated from the view of the girl and the things she is going through. She soon discovers the "Book of Violence" and the beginning of her journey that leads to vengeance. To see the premiere of RPB please go to:

About LatinoReview is a Web Site dedicated to bringing Reviews of the latest American Movies to the English speaking Latin-American audience. Their reviewers are young Latinos based in mainly in Los Angeles and New York (but have fast spread nationwide & internationally), and offer a fresh perspective of movies from the nations fastest growing markets. For more information please go to



For the first time, NYILFF will showcase works by up-and-coming teen filmmakers and, at the same time, expose these aspiring talents to a living, breathing film festival environment.

(To receive an application please e-mail:


Anybody you've forgot to get a Christmas gift for?
A NYILFF 2007 T-Shirt would make a perfect gift.

Please visit the NYILFF STORE to purchase.

*Thanks to Devaughn Morgan for lending his photography skills to the NYILFF Store.


Bardem, Shakira, Ferrera- Nominated for Golden Globe

Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Javier Bardem – No Country For Old Men

Best Original Song - Motion Picture
"Despedida" – Love In The Time Of Cholera
Music By: Shakira and Antonio Pinto
Lyrics By: Shakira

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Musical Or Comedy
America Ferrera – Ugly Betty (ABC)

Buena Suerte!




"LIBERTY KID" - Coming to NYC in 2008

January 9-17, 2008
Pioneer Theater
155 East 3rd. St @ Ave. A
New York City
See below for detail

"a powerful drama… Chaiken works with a delicate touch… Potent,
thoroughly believable performances… Deeply poignant". Hollywood

"Smoothly kinetic… Glaringly real." Variety

"Sensitively drawn… Strong performances". LA Weekly

Schedule and tix:

more at:


VH1 asks, who wants to be a telenovela star?

Lifestyle cable network VH1 is beefing up its reality slate, ordering an eight-episode series featuring aspiring telenovela stars.

The network also has ordered new installments of "Celebrity Fit Club" and "ego trip's The (White) Rapper Show" -- both of which will feature a twist.

In "Viva Hollywood!" 12 bilingual Latino and Latina contestants will learn the "7 Deadly Sins of Telenovelas" -- passion, lust, charisma, drama, fire, seduction and scandal -- in order to impress the judges: actress-singer Maria Conchita Alonso and singer-songwriter Carlos Ponce. Astrologer Walter Mercado will give the contestants guidance.

The winner will land a role on a telenovela airing on Spanish-language broadcaster Telemundo, management representation, and a $100,000 prize. The hour-long series premieres in the spring.

"Fit Club's" sixth season, currently in production also for a spring premiere, will star former cast members competing with a new group of celebrities. Returning cast members Tina Yothers, Willie Aames, model Toccara Jones and Dustin Diamond comprise one team, while comedienne Sommore, Brian Dunkleman, Erin Moran and A.J. Benza comprise the other.

The follow-up to "Rapper," titled "ego trip's Miss Rap Supreme," will feature a search for the next great female MC. Rapper MC Serch will return to host "Miss Rap Supreme," which just wrapped production and also is set for spring. Female rapper Yo Yo is set to co-host.

This year, VH1 has launched 18 unscripted series or specials averaging at least 1 million viewers. Topping that list are "I Love New York's" first and second seasons (3.9 million and 3.7 million season-to-date, respectively), "Charm School" (3.3 million) and "Rock of Love With Bret Michaels" (2.5 million, with the finale drawing 5.4 million to become the second-most-watched VH1 telecast ever).

By Kimberly NordykeMon
Reuters/Hollywood Reporter



Winner to be featured at the 2008 New York International Latino Film Festival

BREA, Calif. – (October 15, 2007) – Suzuki Auto, widely known for its exciting and life-enthusiast-focused products, has teamed with the New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) and to announce the official call for entries for its first nationwide animation contest, ¡Anímate! – La vida Suzuki, which will run from October 15, 2007 through February 29, 2008 and conclude with the winning animation being featured at the 2008 NYILFF in July.

"Suzuki is thrilled to launch its first-ever animation contest in partnership with the New York International Latino Film Festival," said Gene Brown, vice president of marketing, Suzuki Auto. "This exciting contest is a unique opportunity to connect our company and products with the Latino creative community and with those who choose to live life instead of watch it go by."

The online animation contest gives animators over 18 years of age, and who are U.S. residents, an opportunity to create original animated work with an urban Latino feel that reflects the Suzuki "Way of Life" brand proposition, which promises vehicles for active lifestyles, adventurers and thrill-seekers. Submissions must be no more than three minutes in length and feature Suzuki Auto branding and a Suzuki automobile, such as the dynamic XL7 crossover SUV.

The Grand Prize winner, to be announced in March, will receive an all-expense paid trip for two to the 2008 NYILFF, where the winning animation will be featured, and a grant of $5,000 to produce a series of two webisodes that will run on site in June and July. Participants should visit for complete submission guidelines and to submit the online Entry Form. Online animation video submissions will be accepted on the contest Web site starting on October 15, 2007.

"We are thrilled to have Suzuki as our official automotive partner," said NYILFF executive director and Cinedulce CEO, Elizabeth Gardner. "We are inspired by the company's commitment to support Latino talent, particularly in animation, a new programming addition for us. We are also honored Suzuki selected Cinedulce, our new Urban Latino digital distribution platform, as the online destination for this exciting contest."

Suzuki played a starring role as the official automotive sponsor of the 8th NYILFF in New York City last summer, when the ¡Anímate! – La vida Suzuki contest was first announced, and has committed to continue its partnership with the film festival at least through 2008. For more information on NYILFF, visit

About American Suzuki
The Brea, Calif.-based Automotive Operations of American Suzuki Motor Corporation was founded in 1985 by parent company Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC) and currently markets its vehicles in the United States through a network of more than 500 automotive dealerships in 49 states. Based in Hamamatsu, Japan, SMC is a diversified worldwide automobile, motorcycle and outboard motor manufacturer with sales of more than two million new automobiles annually. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, SMC has operations in 187 countries. For more information, visit

Launched in 1999, the New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) is now the premier Urban Latino film event in the country. Its mission is to showcase the works of the hottest emerging Latino filmmaking talent in the U.S. and Latin America, offer expansive images of the Latino experience, and celebrate the diversity and spirit of the Latino community. Programming includes the flagship film festival in NYC, new music and art showcases, family and community events, scholarships for aspiring filmmakers, and a nationally recognized short film competition in partnership with HBO. The NYILFF is the only film event to have had the endorsement of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's NYC Latin Media and Entertainment Commission since its formation in 2003. For more information, visit

About Cinedulce
Founded in 2007 by the directors of the New York International Latino Film Festival, the nation's premier Urban Latino film event, Cinedulce is the only filmed entertainment distribution platform created specifically for the Urban, Urban Latino and Latin audiences. For more information, visit


John Leguizamo's and Freddy Rodriguez's New Project

According to Variety, Freddy Rodriguez and John Leguizamo will star in Overture Films' family dramedy "Humboldt Park."

Alfredo De Villa ("Washington Heights") is attached to direct from a script penned by Rick Najera ("Latinolouges"), Ted Perkins and Alison Swan.

Story revolves around the return of three siblings to their parents' home for the holidays in Humboldt Park on Chicago's northwest side.
State Street Pictures and 2DS Prods. are producing.

State Street's Robert Teitel and George Tillman Jr. will produce, with Rene Rigal exec producing. Reid Brody and Paul Kim from 2DS will also exec produce alongside Rodriguez.

"Alfredo is an ambitious and talented director that we know will bring creative passion to this film," Overture chief operating officer Danny Rosett said.

Rodriguez's recent credits include "Grindhouse" and "Bobby."
Leguizamo starred in "The Happening" and "The Take."