August 31, 2018

The New York Latino Film Festival (NYLFF), celebrated its 15th anniversary with star-studded events and films, celebrating the Latino film industry from August 22 to 26. More than 5,000 moviegoers supported the film throughout the 5 days, with more than 17 countries represented. A variety of genres and formats were presented, including features, shorts, documentaries, web series and experimental films. Winners were announced at the conclusion of the Festival on Sunday, August 26, 2018 in the categories of International Feature, Documentary, U.S. Feature, Short Film, and Honorable Mention.

“I want to thank all of the filmmakers, moviegoers, talent and my incredible Festival team for making this significant milestone our best year yet. We are honored to once again present this important platform for emerging and established filmmakers to share stories representative of the Latino and Latin American experience in this country. This year has been truly special with two of our top prize winners being women. NYLFF is you,” said Calixto Chinchilla, Founder of NYLFF. We would also like to thank our dedicated sponsors, HBO, American Airlines, Comcast NBCUniversal Telemundo, WarnerMedia, Hennessy VSOP, Google, presenter of the Futuro Digital Conference, AARP, USA Today, The Motion Picture Association of America, Sociedad, Third World Newsreel, AMC Independent and The Hispanic Federation, all of whom share our passion for storytelling and inclusion.


Best International Feature

La Familia

Twelve-year-old Pedro roams the streets with his friends, raised by the violent urban atmosphere around him in a working-class district of Caracas. After Pedro seriously injures another boy in a rough game of play, single father Andrés decides they must flee to hide. Andrés will realize he is a father incapable of controlling his own teenage son, but their situation will bring them closer than they have ever been.

Directed by: Gustavo Rondón Córdova


Best Documentary

Voices of the Sea

Revealing the stark realities of the poorest of rural Cubans with unique access and empathy, this is the story of a 30-something mother of four who longs for a better life. The tension between wife and aging husband – one desperate to leave, the other content to stay – builds into a high stakes family drama after her brother and the couple’s neighbors escape.

Directed by: Kim Hopkins


Best U.S. Feature

Rich Kids

This vibrant portrait of six troubled teenagers showcases the talents of a young charismatic cast as it explores the ongoing challenges of economic disparities, gentrification, displacement, and evictions faced through the lens of Latino and Afro-Latino American youth in South Houston. Matías is a bright teenager whose family struggles with harsh financial troubles. When he discovers “Los Ricos”, a wealthy family, are out of town, Matías breaks into their mansion where he and his friends spend an afternoon basking in the good life. The party is soon disrupted when a trouble-making relative shows up uninvited. Loyalties are pushed to the breaking point as Matías’s desire for power in the house rises.

Directed by: Laura Somers


Best Short Film

Ruta Viva

After spending the night arguing over politics, a sudden death forces a family to work together.

Directed by: Sebastian Rea, Courtney Baxter


Honorable Mention

We Are Going To Paris (Vamos Pa' Paris)

In the middle of Puerto Rico’s economic crisis, an 80 year old woman pushes her shy husband to rob a bank.

Directed by: David Norris

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