GALFF & THE NEXT GEN
Developing the Next Generation of Story Teller
The Georgia Latino Film Festival (GaLFF) is a four-day event dedicated to bringing awareness of films and content made by latino/as or international to a worldwide audience. Held annually in the Hollywood of the South during Hispanic Heritage Month, the GALFF is committed to the belief that Latino actors, directors and industry professionals deserve the same opportunities as other film professionals.
In addition to film screenings, each year the GALFF presents over 10 exciting workshops and networking events designed to educate, motivate, develop careers and enthuse the festival goers. The festival traditionally opens with a Welcome Awards Reception and Movie premiere, followed by independent film screenings, master classes, panels, celebrity conversations, entertainment, talent discovery programs and don’t forget The Georgia Latino Film Fiesta. In 2017, the GALFF will expand its program to showcase more new media, (i.e. you tubers, gamers, virtual reality) Music Videos and commercials, as well as, television-related content. 2017 brings a new focus on entertainment technology and an initiatives to grow the number of Latina filmmakers.
The GALFF was originally conceived as a Hispanic Heritage event for the Georgia community to engulf themselves in latino culture through film. Since its inception in 2012, the festival has been held in Atlanta, Marietta, Norcross and other cities across Ga . Founder Jose Marquez and Lance Robertson foresaw the GALFF as a channel to promote diversity in the film and television industry and give the next generation the skills needed to succeed in the industry. Let’s get Camera Ready. Today it has become the fastest growing film festival in the country and is recognized as a major event for bringing new Latino talent to the forefront, both behind and in front of the camera. The festival is well on its way to become the nation’s best place to find of Latino film and TV enthusiasts, directors, actors and writers on the east coast with last year attendance of well over 1,500.
Connecting New Talent to the Hollywood/Georgia’s Film Industry.
From its start and for the last 4 years the Georgia Latino Film Festival has provided a platform for over 100 films, documentaries, shorts and Web series, offering rewards and encouragement to our new generation of artist. Alumni success stories range from veteran actor Tenoch Huerta “The 33” and Marlon Moreno “Casando Luciernagas Chasing Fireflies” to last year’s rising star awardee director/writer/actor Victor Cruz “The Stockroom” – introducing new talent to the mainstream film industry.
Our Audience are Change Agents and Future Storytellers of our Community.
The festival annually attracts a audience of artists, entertainment executives and upscale film enthusiasts from around the Latin America, the Caribbean and Spain. The GALFF supports newcomers, junior and senior artists in unprecedented ways, and fosters a tremendous amount of goodwill in the Hollywood/Georgia Film community.
The Georgia Latino Film Festival captures the attention of media and press and generates more 750,000 media impressions each year. The Festival has been written about in many mainstream as well as Latino American, entertainment and trade papers including CNN Espanol, Atlanta Alive, Univision, Telemundo , Film and TV Professional, Stage 32, Oz Magazine, Negocios Now and Hispanic Executive .
Top Fortune 500 corporations engage in partnerships with the Georgia Latino Film Festival to promote their brands, services and multicultural initiatives to the festival’s highly desirable Latino audience. The Festival also receives support from Georgia Film and Entertainment Office, Mayor Kasim Reed Office of Film and Entertainment, television broadcasters, equipment companies, film studios and Georgia Production Partnership, all working to together for the future of the Latino storyteller and cultivate relationships with Latino talent across Georgia. The GALFF partners are essential to its long-term success, which in turn contributes to the growth of a more diverse America.