Heart Of Hollywood Magazine recently had the honor of being a part of the Broadway International Film Festival, which showcased short films from different countries, with a strong focus on Latin America.
Headed by Executive Director Emilio Vega, BIFFLA was a three-day event held at a beautiful venue in Downtown Los Angeles, the Mexican Center for Culture and Cinematic Arts (CCCM), nestled within the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles. This event space boasting a gallery and a movie theater welcomes Mexican and Mexican-American talent, as well as any other artist who works in a Mexican cultural milieu.
Broadway International Film Festival Red Carpet Photo
Photo Credit: Donna Wilson
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The opening night, on August 24th, included a red carpet, a cocktail reception, and a ceremony where Marcela Celorio, Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles; the tireless Emilio Vega; and actor and producer Jerry Velasco and Heart Of Hollywood CEO Giovanna Salas were the MCs for the evening.
Representatives from the Consulates of Paraguay, El Salvador, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, and Guatemala were in attendance.
Cynthia Prida, Cultural Attaché of the Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles, was also present, along with guests of honor such as Carla Hool, casting director; Ambassador Vivian Panting, cofounder of the Broadway International Film Festival Los Angeles during her tenure as Consulate General of Honduras; Yanalte Galvan Kent, Lo Maximo radio and podcast anchor; Danny Pardo, film and TV actor; and businessman Donald Portocorrero, accompanied by his wife, Dr. Nancy E. Portcorrero.
Actor, producer, and Heart Of Hollywood Magazine cover model Halas Wilbourn flew in from Georgia to autograph copies of the latest issue of our publication. Heart Of Hollywood Magazine editor Sandy Rodriguez signed her award-winning book, Choose to Prevail, which caught the eye of numerous festival attendees.
Halas and Sandy were joined by additional Heart Of Hollywood team members, including Markus Herrera, Henry Nunez, Angela Nunez, and Richard Stermer.
Crooner Manee Valentine walked around the event space, regaling guests with moving, romantic songs.
Day two of the program featured a panel discussion about the present and future of cinema. The third day’s closing ceremony was led by Executive Director Vega and MC Gabby Rosales, a respected TV news reporter.
The event drew a very large crowd, including actor Terroon Kibwe, fashion entrepreneur Shagun Gupta, and Karla Silva, a public relations and real estate expert. WPS Events was among the providers ensuring a perfectly-executed experience on the red carpet for guests. The event was a true success.
Photo Credits: Donna Wilson
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These short films, along with corresponding question and answer sessions, delighted the audience. A song, “Que Canten los Niños”, was sung after the first evening’s movies.
They Call Us Seditious - Director Iz Gutiérrez, U.S.A., 16min:51sec
El Salto - Director Thais Drassinower, Peru, 16min:00sec
Life Without Me - Director Inge, Spain, 14min:00sec
Painful Reflex - Director Alexis Estaban Amarilla, Paraguay, 02min:00sec
Decimas - Director Alejandro Naculef, Panama, 05min:00sec
We Said Good Bye - Director Malu Solis, Mexico, 05min:00sec
Ellas - Director Marina Bakica, USA, 10min:00sec.
Hope Overcomes Everything - Director Anastacia Shinkarenko, Ukraine, 02min:15sec
Pin in the Sky - Director Maria Gobetti, USA 01hr:23:0044sec
Calvario - Director Raúl de la Torre, USA, 01hr:57min:00sec
Frente a Frente - Director Mariano Alvarez, USA, 01hr:25min:00sec
Lima Grita - Director Ximena Valdivia, Peru, 01hr:16min:00sec
El Huerfanito - Director Daniel Álvarez, U.S.A., 01hr:45min:00sec
Burning Memories - Director Kenneth Ha, U.S.A., 08min:47sec
Atraves del Túnel - Director Frank Rodriguez, Spain, 30min:00sec
Choices - Director Ruben Guevara, USA, 13min:53sec.
Hey - Director Felix Marinez, U.S.A., 08min:10sec.
Yetzail, Medicine Woman - Director Digcenia Alejandrin, Mexico, 12min:18sec
Fantasma - Directors Diego Manuel Escobar/Natalia Varela, El Salvador
El 19 Nos Sello - Director Juan Caceres, El Salvador
Phosphoros - Director Beatriz Serran, El Salvador
LAntourage - Directors Ricky Montez/Anthony “Citric” Campos/Deana Molle, U.S.A., 02min:10sec
The following films were not screened in person. They were part of an exciting, modern online program.
Strictly Meringue - Director Dan Delfos, USA, 06min:21sec
It’s Not a Big Deal - Director Gisselle Loera, USA, 12min:27sec
The Greatest of All Time - Director Brody Gusar, USA, 01hr:33min:20sec
Earth is My Home - Director Noome Noomen, Tunisia, 07mins:58sec
meden again...Nothing Be - Director Alessandro Vantini, 01hr:35min:00sec
Final Spurt - Director Haoyang Lian, China, 19min:19sec
Andromeda - Director Anna Salceda, Spain, 40min:30sec
Human Trash - Director Aitor Almuedo, Spain, 16min:38sec
No Comment - Director Zhivar Farajzadeh, Iran, 04min:00sec
Unconditional Love - Director Walles Lu, Turkey, 03min:19sec
The Coming Thing - Director Bugra Aslanyurek, 04min:00sec
The Smurfs, Season 1 - Director Gregoire Pascual, Canada, 11min:00sec
Azar - Director Fabian Palacios V, Mexico, 16min:30sec
Parent Alienation - Director Bud Joseph H., U.S.A., 13min:57sec
Vinny - Director Tyler Roscoe, U.S.A., 07min:03sec
Finding Vega - Director Joey Xuetongzhao, U.S.A., 22min:00sec.
Conversation Therapy - Director Rodomir Jordannovic, U.S.A., 02min:43sec
Symbiosis - Director Nacci Alberto, Russian Federation, 03min:15sec
Let the Wind Sing - Director Igor Sukachev, Taiwan, 10min:00sec
Where I Am From - Director Sina Nazarin, Cyprus, 29min:45sec
The Holding Room - Director Samuel Punto, Germany, 15min:58sec
Hong Kong - Director Kashing Chu, Luxembourg, 15min:00sec
American Boxed In - Director Casey G Williams, U.S.A., 01hr:42min:.00sec
Addiction - Director Sergei Stern, USA, 06min:00sec.
Between the Line - Director Dashiell Raimi, U.S.A., 12min:57sec
Mr. Catman Bring Me a Dream - Director Tzu Yu Pan, Taiwan, 2min:31sec
The Tale of the Deaf - Director Philip Yuriev, Taiwan, 19min:39sec
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