THE 37th Chicago Latino Film Festival announces winner of their annual poster contest!

 Featuring close to 100 short and feature length films, the Festival will be presented virtually across the Midwest April 8-18

CHICAGO (January 27, 2021) – The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago (ILCC), producer of the Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF), is proud to announce that New York-based graphic designer and marketing manager Natalia Osorio Quintero is the winner of their annual poster competition. The ILCC received 771 submissions from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Germany, Mexico, Jordan, Romania, Spain and the United States, among other countries.

Presented by Corona Extra and featuring close to 100 short and feature length films from Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Spain, Portugal and the United States, the 37th Chicago Latino Film Festival this year will be presented online and will feature two special Drive-In screenings in accordance with state and city health regulations. The Festival will once again be working with Eventive’s virtual platform and its program will be available to residents of Illinois and the Midwest states of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana. The Festival will run April 8-18. The full program, including the Drive-In screenings, will be announced in March.

Three raised fists, representing Ibero-America’s racial diversity, each grasping a different film or digital camera, are the centerpiece of the winning design. “This poster is inspired by the resilience and strength of the Latino people. Latinos have experienced the struggle for their rights and for being recognized as a diverse culture, rich in customs, race, and talent. For this reason, the fist symbolizes the courage we have to achieve our goals and the unity of the races because all lives are worth it. In turn, the fist is connected with art and cinema. That is why each hand wields the evolution of cinematography represented in different types of cameras. The background is made up of the festival’s logo and a set of leaves that give the composition a tropical and colored tint. Finally, all together represents the union between Latinos and the American culture, the seventh art, and the festival’s place of origin,” said Natalia Osorio Quintero.

“Natalia’s poster speaks to the moment we live in. It not only reflects the social movements and protests that resulted from the obvious racial disparities that became evident with this pandemic but to the evolution of film from celluloid to digital and the moving image’s continuing role in recording, preserving and sharing our stories in moments of crisis. And that’s exactly what we are aiming for in this 37th edition of the Festival,” said Pepe Vargas, founder and executive director of the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago.

Born in Pereira, Colombia, Natalia Osorio Quintero has over 10 years of experience working with marketing and graphic design teams in different Latin American countries. For the last five years, she has been helping small businesses in the United States achieve their goals as well as helping American companies that want to get closer to the Latino community. She is a co-founder of the CPC Global Group, an interdisciplinary professional team whose philosophy is that the best relations are built co-creating and understanding that behind any industry or company, there are people.

The winning poster will be the face of the Festival, as it will be on the cover of schedules, electronic invitations, program books, t-shirts, the Festival’s website and more. The winner receives a $1,000 cash prize.

SPONSORS

Sponsors of the 37th Chicago Latino Film Festival so far include the following (with more to be announced):

Presenter: Corona Extra

Silver: Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science

Bronze: US Bank, Illinois Lottery, Tristan & Cervantes, Lopez & Co, Prado & Renteria

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT

The Chicago Latino Film Festival receives additional support from: The Reva and David Logan Foundation, The MacArthur Fund for Culture, Equity, and Arts at Prince, The Field Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Vanguard Charitable, Chicago Community Trust, Art Works Fund, Illinois Arts Council, a State Agency, and Walder Foundation.

ABOUT THE ILCC

The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago is a pan-Latino, nonprofit, multidisciplinary arts organization dedicated to developing, promoting and increasing awareness of Latino cultures among Latinos and other communities by presenting a wide variety of art forms and education including film, music, dance, visual arts, comedy and theater.

The Center prides itself for its outstanding multidisciplinary local and international cultural programming which spans Latin America, Spain, Portugal, and the United States.

Born out of the Chicago Latino Film Festival, The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago also produces other programs, including the Latino Music Series, which will celebrate its 15th edition this year; Film in the Parks, also in its 15th season; the monthly Reel Film Club, already in its 11th year; and many others. All in all, the audience has grown from 500 people in 1985 for the first Chicago Latino Film Festival to more than 60,000 (Latinos and non-Latinos) who enjoy the year-round multidisciplinary cross-cultural exchanges offered by the Center.