SAN DIEGO (December 16, 2016) – The Media Arts Center San Diego announced Fashion Valley Mall, a Simon property, as the Presenting Sponsor of the 24th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival and unveiled its 2017 festival poster at a special event on Thursday, December 8th at Border X Brewery. Fashion Valley, San Diego’s premier shopping destination, will host the 24th annual festival that celebrates Latino film and culture from Thursday, March 16th to Thursday, March 26th, 2017. Over 22,000 people from around the world are expected to attend the 11-day festival celebrating Latino film, art, music and food.

“Fashion Valley is honored to return as presenting sponsor of the 2017 San Diego Latino Film Festival”, said Lourdes Menendez, Director of Marketing & Business Development at Simon Fashion Valley. “The Festival is an important platform for diverse content makers and film lovers alike and an event we look forward to every year”.

Film festival founder, Ethan van Thillo, states “It is so important to have companies support the arts and cultural events these days. Without the support of Simon Fashion Valley, the film festival would have a difficult time presenting these wonderful movies to San Diego – Baja California audiences”.

In addition to announcing San Diego Latino Film Festival’s Presenting Sponsor, the 2017 poster was unveiled that will be the face and inspiration behind the festival. A selection committee composed of San Diego designers, artists and marketing professionals reviewed and voted for the winning poster. The winner, Jatuporn Phummai from Thailand, received a $1,000 prize for his entry and his design will be featured throughout the festival.

Jury member, Patricia Cue, a graphic design Professor from San Diego State University states, “It was a true challenge to select the winning poster this year. The enthusiastic response from designers all over the world yielded more than 300 hundred submissions that represented Latino Culture and its films in many creative ways. The jury, integrated by local graphic designers, educators, and festival organizer selected the design Movies to Moving by Phummai as the winner for its colorful palette and dynamic composition, but mainly for its unique and whimsical interpretation of a classic icon we can all relate to”.

When asked what was his inspiration for the artwork, Phummai mentioned that he wanted to create a connection between San Diego’s Latino Culture and Films. In this colorful dress, celebration, movement and excitement are represented through the dancing film reel. Moreover, the ’24th San Diego Latino Film Festival’ type was inspired by Mexican wood carved writing.

TOP POSTER FINALISTS INCLUDED: Carlos Banda (Chicago, IL), Constanza Aravena (Chile/Los Angeles),David Sueiro (Spain), Eugenia Soboleva (Russia), Graciela Sarabia (Chula Vista / Philadelphia), JatupornPhummai (Thailand), Origoni Carlotta (France) and Sbivka (Russia), Victormarlu Cantal (Philippines). To see the final poster entries, please click here.

See photos from the Poster Unveiling Party here.
Poster Jury Members: Professor Patricia Cue (San Diego State University), Bennett Peji (Bennett Peji Design Brand), Professor Courtney Mayer (Point Loma Nazarene University Professor), Andy Gonzalez (La Onda Arte), Professor Sean Bacon (San Diego City College), Adolfo Ventura (MAAC Project & MACSD Board Member) and Alexis Emilio Contreras (Graphic Designer at SixteenFifty Creative Intelligence)

About Media Arts Center San Diego and San Diego Latino Film Festival
The 24th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival, produced by non-profit Media Arts Center San Diego, will take place from March 16-26, 2017. Every year the festival premieres over 170 films from Latin America, Spain, the US, Mexico, and other parts of the world in an effort to celebrate the diversity of Latino perspectives that exist on a global scale. This 11-day event also features art exhibitions, music, parties, workshops for filmmakers, and special guests from film and television.

About Fashion Valley
Embrace the coastal chic lifestyle at Fashion Valley, Southern California’s trendiest shopping destination.Accented by living walls of succulent plants, gorgeous palm trees and iconic fountains, Fashion Valley offers over 1.7 million square feet of retail space, making it the largest shopping mall in San Diego and one of the largest in California. Shop more than 200 stores, including international fashion houses like Hermès, Prada and Salvatore Ferragamo and leading department stores like Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom, all while relishing in the sunshine of this open-air environment. With dining options like California Pizza Kitchen, The Cheesecake Factory, Blue Smoke Sushi Lounge, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, True Food Kitchen and more, combined with an 18-screen AMC Theatres on property, Fashion Valley is truly a premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination. For more information, please visit http://www.shopfashionvalleymall.com or call 619-688- 9113.

About Simon Property Group
Simon Property Group, Inc. is an SP 500 company and the largest public U.S. real estate company. Simon is a fully integrated real estate company which operates from five retail real estate platforms: regional malls, Premium Outlet Centers(R), The Mills(R), community/lifestyle centers and international properties. It currently owns or has an interest in 380 properties comprising 258 million square feet of gross leasable area in North America, Europe and Asia. The Company is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and employs more than 5,000 people worldwide. Simon Property Group, Inc. is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol SPG. For further information, visit the Company’s website at www.simon.com.

For additional information and interview inquiries, contact Rosana Marques, Press Coordinator for the Media Arts Center San Diego: rosana@mediaartscenter.org(619) 230-1938 x 103

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Media Arts Center San Diego, 2921 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92104
Tel (619) 230-1938 x 103, Fax (619) 230-1937, www.mediaartscenter.org