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East County News Service

January 18, 2017 (San Diego) -- Media Arts Center San Diego announces the 24TH annual San Diego Latino Film Festival, which will take place March 16-26 at the AMC 18 Fashion Valley theaters in Mission Valley.  The festival will occupy five screens for eleven days and will present over 160 films from Latin America, the United States, and Spain.

In addition, the festival will feature parties opening and closing nights, the 2nd Annual Sonido Latino Beer & Wine Festival, Q&A sessions with visiting filmmakers, and free student outreach screenings. Local audiences will have the rare opportunity to meet filmmakers and actors from all over the world.

Spotlight films include: Demián Bichir’s directorial debut, UN CUENTO DE CIRCO AND A LOVE SONG (Mexico) starring Eva Longoria; locally produced road trip comedy, RUTA MADRE (Mexico/USA) featuring Carmen Salinas, Paul Rodriguez, Angelica María; inspiring soccer film PASOS DE HÉROE (Colombia); Mexican romantic comedies QUE PENA TU VIDA starring Aislinn Derbez; ¿QUÉ CULPA TIENE EL NIÑO? with Karla Souza, and two tributes to acclaimed filmmakers MANOLO CARO and ARTURO RIPSTEIN.

Ethan van Thillo, Executive Director and Founder of the San Diego Latino Film Festival adds, "Our 24th festival is going to be the best and most important ever. Not only will it include entertaining new movies never before screened here in San Diego; but this year comes at an important time in our country’s history. SDLFF stands for all that is good with the U.S.A. and our Border Region - diversity, creativity, innovation, international collaboration y más. Join us for eleven days of movies, celebrities, music, food and art!”

The San Diego Latino Film Festival has been providing local San Diego and Baja California audiences with the rare chance to see works by and/or about the Latino experience for over two decades.  SDLFF is a production of Media Arts Center San Diego, a non-profit organization nurturing and supporting media artists working in film, video, audio and computer-based multimedia. The organization seeks to provide a forum for and promote the diversity of interests of San Diego Border Region media artists through regular screenings, educational outreach, distribution, film festivals, production and technical assistance, scholarships and fiscal sponsorships.

Festival Passes are now on sale. A Film Pass can be purchased for $110 (includes entrance to 11 films). An all-access Festival Pass with Media Arts Membership can be purchased for $225 (includes over 160 films, 2nd Annual Sabor Latino Beer & Wine Festival, and entrance into Opening and Closing Night celebrations). Festival Passes and Film Passes are non-transferable. Individual ticket sales will go live on March 1st. Prices are: $11.00 General Audience, $9.50 Students/Seniors, $8.50 Members.

For festival and ticket information visit the festival’s website at or call 619-230-1938.