CHICAGO (March 13, 2020) – With the declaration of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak as a pandemic by the World Health Organization and Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s directive that events of 1,000 people or more be canceled or postponed immediately, the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago has decided to postpone the 36th Chicago Latino Film Festival. The Festival was scheduled to take place April 16-30 at the AMC River East 21 Theatres and the first wave of selected titles had been announced early this week. The new dates will be announced in the near future depending on how the situation evolves.

“After monitoring the progress of the outbreak as well as recent developments, we came to this inevitably hard and difficult, but right, decision. We were really looking forward to sharing the program with the city’s moviegoers and our filmmaker guests were really excited about taking part     in the Festival. But their health, as well as that of our staff members and the hundreds of dedicated volunteers who contribute their time and energy to our event, is of paramount importance. We hope to announce our next steps soon,” said Pepe Vargas, Founder and Executive Director of the International Latino Cultural Center, Producer of the Chicago Latino Film Festival.

All tickets purchased thus far will be fully refunded.


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.

The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago also produces other programs, including the year-round Latino Music Series; Film in the Parks, now in its 15th season; the monthly Reel Film Club, already in its 12th year; and many others. Audiences have grown from 500 people in 1985 for the first Chicago Latino Film Festival to more than 50,000 (Latinos and non-Latinos) who enjoy the year-round multidisciplinary cross-cultural exchanges offered by the Center.