Opening Night Press Conference/Reception
Thursday, March 16th, 5:00PM-7:00PM / Location: Neiman Marcus Fashion Valley (2nd Floor)
Emcees:  Luis Cruz – San Diego Union Tribune & Paola Hernandez – Festival Host
Reception/Mixer and press conference with actor Bruno Bichir, José Angel Bichir, director Manolo Caro, actor/comedian Paul Rodriguez, and Héctor Jiménez

Sonido Latino Concerts
Thursday, March 16 – Sunday, March 26, 2017, 6:00PM – 9:00 PM / Location: River Plaza Stage, Fashion Valley Mall

Opening Night Party
Thursday, March 16th, 8:00PM-12:00AM / Location: The Historic Abbey, 2825 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

Manolo Caro Tribute Reception
Friday, March 17, 6:00PM-7:30PM / Location: John Varvatos
Emcee: Marco Serrano/ News Anchor, Univision San Diego
Reception/Mixer and press conference with director Manolo Caro and actress Cecilia Suarez

2nd Annual Sabor Latino
Saturday, March 18, 2017 1:00PM ­- 5:00PM / Location: Fashion Valley “River Plaza”
Emcee: Mery Lopez Gallo/ Univision Radio
Sabor Latino brings a unique branding and pairing of the best Latin cuisine in San Diego with the finest brewery and wineries in both San Diego and Baja California Mexico. The event will feature live entertainment from the new movie Ruta Madre: Giovana, Ilza Rosario, Reegeeo & Quino.

Tu Cine! Free Student Outreach Screenings
March 21, 22, 23, 24, 10:00AM-12:00PM  / Location: AMC Fashion Valley 18

Frontera Filmmaker Press Conference / Reception
Tuesday, March 21, 5:30PM-7PM / Location: Kendra Scott Fashion Valley
Reception/Mixer and press conference with local filmmakers Nicole Opper (Dia de Visita), Luis Martinez (Slap Worthy), and Joey Molina (Ruta Madre)

Arturo Ripstein Tribute Reception
Friday, March 24, 5:00PM-7PM / Location: Ted Baker Fashion Valley
Emcee: Luiz Cruz/ Union Tribune
Reception/Mixer and press conference with legendary director Arturo Ripstein

Fashion Show & Awards Ceremony
Emcee:   Actor Andrés Montiel, MJ Acosta/ Sports Anchor, NBC 7/39, Paola Hernandez
Friday, March 24, 6:00PM-8:00PM / Location: Center Plaza, Stage in front of Macy’s at Fashion Valley
Join us for the Macy’s Fashion show, followed by the SDLFF awards ceremony, as we honor the amazing filmmakers and artists featured in the 24th San  Diego Latino Film Festival!

Lowrider Car Show
Presented by Lowrider Community of San Diego
Saturday, March 25th, 2:00PM-5:00PM / Location: 
Fashion Valley “River Plaza”
Join us as we celebrate the lowrider culture of San Diego with an exciting lowrider car show at Fashion Valley Mall. Following the show, we will be screening the box office hit “Lowriders”, starring Demián Bichir and Eva Longoria at AMC Fashion 18.

Closing Night Party
Saturday, March 25, 9:30PM-2:00AM
Location: Mezé Greek Fusion, 345 6th Ave Downtown, San Diego, CA 92101

EPK Press Information

Festival highlights will be posted each night from the red carpet, including b-roll, still images, and interviews:


For press questions or interview requests, please contact Laura Castañeda / Press Pass International / /  619-855-4140


24th San Diego Latino Film Festival

Feature Film Highlights

Un Cuento de Circo and a Love SongDemián Bichir’s directorial debut, starring Eva Longoria!
Dir. Demián Bichir (Mexico, 114 min., 2016, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama)
In Demián Bichir’s directorial debut, Refugio does not know that Juan, the man who saves his life, is in fact his own father.

La Vida Inmoral de la Pareja Ideal
Dir. Manolo Caro
(Mexico, 91 min., 2016, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama)
In director Manolo Caro’s latest, two high school sweethearts find each other 25 years after their passionate high school romance. The two of them find themselves yearning for one another, threatening the stability of the lives they’ve built for themselves. Starring Cecilia Suárez, Manuel García-Rulfo, Andrés Almeida, and Sebastián Aguirre.

Que Pena tu Vida – Mexican romantic comedy starring Aislinn Derbez
Dir. Luis Eduardo Reyes (Mexico, 97 min., 2016, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Romantic Comedy)
Aislinn Derbez, Ilse Salas, and José María de Tavira star in this hilarious comedy about a heartbroken man who makes a series of bad decision as he tries to win back the love of his life.

¿Qué Culpa Tiene El Niño?
Dir. Gustavo Loza (Mexico, 105 min., 2016, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Romantic Comedy)
Maru (Karla Souza) is a successful executive who ends up sharing a passionate night with an aimless 21-year-old.

Dir. Peter Bratt, Exec Producer Carlos Santana (USA, 95 min., 2017, English, Documentary, Biography)
Dolores Huerta bucks 1950s gender conventions by starting the country’s first farm worker’s union with fellow organizer Cesar Chavez. What starts out as a struggle for racial and labor justice, soon becomes a fight for gender equality, and Dolores emerges with a vision that connects her new found feminism with racial and class justice.

Dir. Ricardo de Montreuil  (USA, 98 min., 2016, English, Drama)
A talented graffiti artist gets caught in the middle of the rift between his recovering alcoholic father and his recently incarcerated brother as they prepare a prestigious car show.  Starring Eva Longoria & Demian Bichir!

Dir. Marcos Carnevale
(Argentina, 108 min., 2016, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Comedy)
Rodrigo de la Serna and Oscar Martínez star in this heartwarming remake of the French hit The Intouchables. When wealthy paraplegic businessman (Martínez) needs to hire a new assistant, he makes the surprising move of selecting his gardener’s assistant (de la Serna), resulting in an unlikely friendship.

Treintona, Soltera, y Fantástica
Dir. Chava Cartas
(Mexico, 98 min., 2016, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Comedy)
Inés Duarte (Bárbara Mori), a writer in her mid-thirties, decides to use a series of challenges that as the perfect opportunity to embark on a journey of self discovery. Along the way, she discovers it’s better to fulfill her own expectations than those of everyone else.


Frontera Film Highlights

Ruta Madre – Locally produced road trip comedy featuring Carmen Salinas, Paul Rodriguez, Angelica María
Dir. Agustin Castaneda (Mexico/USA, 97 min., 2016, English, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama / Comedy)
After his first love breaks his heart, a young American singer reluctantly leaves his home in San Diego, California and embarks on an epic road trip through Baja with his uncle in order to reconnect with his Mexican roots and find himself.

Ovarian Psycos – locally produced documentary!
Dirs. Joanna Sokolowski, Kate Trumbull-LaValle  (USA, 72 min., 2016, English; Spanish w/ subtitles, Documentary)
Riding at night through streets deemed dangerous in Eastside Los Angeles, the Ovarian Psycos use their bicycles to confront the violence in their lives.

¿Y Los Tamales? – locally produced comedy set in Honduras!
Dir. Tomas Chi (Honduras, 70 min., 2016, English w/ Spanish subtitles, Comedy)
In this hilarious Honduran comedy produced by local producer Monika Tuncbilek, a cab driver is tasked with picking up the Christmas Eve tamales by his wife.

Beyond the Crossfire – locally produced documentary!
Dirs. Sabrina Cremascoli, Ciera Ybarra, Gabe Garcia, Karen Villalbazo, Eduardo Bimbela, Joanne Collazo, Shayne Cole, Michael Berry (USA, 60 min., 2016, English, Documentary)
A group of students from High Tech High Chula Vista worked on this documentary about the effects of gun violence in our country.

Slap Worthy – locally produced comedy!
Dir. Luis Martinez (USA, 57 min., 2016, English, Comedy)
Local filmmaker Luis Martinez’s latest project is a hilarious comedy about a man who enlists the help of his friend to win over the girl of his dreams.