History

Founded in 2009 by Cuban born Internationally well-known Poet and Film Industry Professional Jorge Enrique Gonzalez Pacheco, SEATTLE LATINO FILM FESTIVAL (SLFF) is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that discovers and presents independent films, documentaries and short films from Ibero & Latin-American countries. The SLFF is the only forum in the Pacific Northwest for genuine Spanish & Portuguese cinema.

The Seattle Latino Film Festival (SLFF), now in its 9th year, remains dedicated to bring artistic and culturally relevant cinematography. Our previous festivals brought to the greater Seattle area and Eastside cities films produced in Mexico, Venezuela, Chile, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Spain, Germany, Portugal, Guatemala, Honduras, Ecuador, USA, Uruguay, El Salvador, Panama, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, and Canada.

Each year, the Festival includes international filmmakers, producers and actors in the festival with the specific purpose to engage the Seattle community in conversations that share cross cultural perspectives and to create a forum for the ideas being explored, many of which are integral to the experience of "Latinidad." The Festival runs during the month of October to coincide with the national celebration of the Hispanic Heritage Month.

We have established partnerships with organizations such as Marguerite Casey Foundation,  ArtsFund, 4Culture, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle University,  College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington, the Northwest Film Forum, TV Azteca,  King5 News, Univision Seattle, Delta Air Lines, Microsoft, Seattle Art Museum, among others. Our Film Festival attracts a politically aware and diverse demographic. Since its first festival in 2009, we attract over 1000 attendees each year.

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