Press Office

ILCC Press Office

Press Accreditation

Press Accreditation for International Latino Cultural Center events is handled through our Press Office. Please use the form below to contact our office. Please note: Accreditation for the 40th (2024) Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) will be announced in February of 2024.

About the ILCC

The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago (ILCC) is a Pan-Latino, 501(c)(3) (EIN #36-3580462) 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 including film, music, dance, visual arts, comedy, and theater. The ILCC, originally founded as Chicago Latino Cinema, attained not-for-profit status in 1987, at which time it fulfilled its mission of promoting Latino culture primarily through the annual Chicago Latino Film Festival.

The Chicago Latino Film Festival

The Chicago Latino Film Festival is one of the longest-running Latino Film Festivals in the United States, with more than 40 years of trajectory, the Festival celebrates and showcases Ibero-American filmmakers in the U.S. and from around the world. Our annual Festival reaches over 70,000 film lovers in local theatres in Chicago; CLFF shows over 100 films (shorts and features) over a 10-day period in the spring.

Additionally to the Film Festival, the ILCC presents The Reel Film Club and Movies in the Park. These programs supplement our continued mission of supporting pan-Latino cinema.

Music Series

Evolving from the Chicago Latino Music Festival, the ILCC has added a number of concerts and dance recitals to its yearlong calendar demonstrating an audience interest in varied musical genre’s from Latin America and Spain. Groups like “Los Van Van” and Avant Gard Peruvian Artist Pascuala Ilabaca, as well as Grammy Award winning Alex Cuba have performed as part of its year-round music series. This program will be a mainstay to the ILCC and we will be adding many exciting acts each year going forward. Plenty to keep track of at the ILCC! Visit this website often to keep up on all we have to offer!

Contact our Press Office using the form below:

    All credentialed media for the Chicago Latino Film Festival or any ILCC Event must be on editorial assignment and should be able to provide proof of coverage along with appropriate circulation, viewership, and listenership information on their respective outlet. Complimentary press access to public screenings and events of the Festival may be granted to accredited media only, and not their guests, and only for the purpose of:

    • Reviewing films
    • Artist interviews
    • Features and other coverage

    The ILCC’s Press Office reserves the right to approve or deny press comp requests for public Festival screenings and programs and all ILCC programs.

    Media outlets receiving credentials for the Chicago Latino Film Festival, the Chicago Latino Music Series or other programming produced by the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago may film, tape, or photograph all red carpet events, pre- and post-screening interviews, and lifestyle elements. Credentialed media may not use footage of any film shown at the Festival, only clips/footage approved by the festival or the filmmakers/studio. Streaming of any Festival films or events is strictly prohibited and the Festival reserves streaming rights for all Festival content and events. Media outlets may upload still images from red carpet events and pre- and post-screening interviews from the Festival.  Photography should be for editorial use only. Any other use, including but not limited to commercial use and promotional use, is expressly prohibited and strictly enforced. Still images and footage may not be used for any commercial or retail purposes, and may only be used for promotional purposes with the written permission of the person(s) depicted in such image(s). Print and online media may create capsule reviews, feature articles, and mentions for any Festival film regardless of format, on the condition that reviews for films with US distribution be held until the film is released commercially.* Any violations of these guidelines will result in revocation of media credential(s) and removal from the Festival, and may result in legal action.

    Credentialed media for the Chicago Latino Film Festival may review all Festival films on the condition that full reviews for films with distribution agreements are held until the film opens commercially (embargo). As a courtesy, the Festival also asks that any film review indicate that the film was shown at the Chicago Latino Film Festival or the corresponding ILCC Program for which the event is being accredited to the Media outlet. Reviews for films or performances without distribution agreements at the time of their selection for the Festival may run at any time and are encouraged. For the purposes of this year’s Festival, reviews are defined as articles, essays, website/ blog posts, or any other critically focused pieces longer than a mention or capsule review that reflects a tone of subjective judgment or opinion. Capsule reviews, feature articles, and mentions are permissible for all films, regardless of distribution status. Capsule reviews are defined as short blurbs, including opinions, of 200 words or less. Feature articles may include stories written about a film’s production, the filmmaker, or the cast – including interviews – and are typically 200 words or longer. Mentions are defined as film title lists or a brief description of a film, typically 25 words or less, as part of a larger article.

    Please enjoy the following resources about the ILCC and our mission to support and present Latino culture in Chicago.

    The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago Announces the Winner of the 40th Chicago Latino Film Festival Poster Competition

    The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago (ILCC), producer of the Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF), announced today that  Missouri-based digital artist and videographer James Klein is the winner of the Festival’s annual poster competition. The ILCC received close to…

    Deputy Director Mulcahy Talks with WGN’s Spotlight Chicago about Final 2023 Concerts at ILCC

    Deputy Director Mateo Mulcahy visited the set of WGN9 Spotlight Chicago on Thursday November 9th to discuss the 2023 season wrap up for the International Latino Cultural Center’s Music Series. The series has grown is scope substantially since 2022 and has showcased over 30 performing Latino artists from all over Latin America.

    ILCC Announces Final Concerts for 2023 Chicago Latino Music Series

    The International Latino Cultural Center Announces the Final Concerts for this Year’s Chicago Latino Music Series The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago today announced the final concerts for this year’s Chicago Latino Music Series. Evolving from the Chicago Latino…

    40th Chicago Latino Film Festival Announces Call for Submissions

    The oldest Latino film festival in the United States, the Chicago Latino Film Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2024. Produced by the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago, the Chicago Latino Film Festival showcases and introduces audiences to the…

    Brian Lynch & Orlando Maraca Valle concert at Constellation CANCELLED due to immigration access delays for Cuban artist

    Chicago, IL • Saturday’s scheduled concert with Brian Lynch and Cuban star Orlando Maraca Valle will be cancelled due to delays in obtaining VISA access to the United States. The ILCC issued a statement regarding the last minute cancellation – “We…

    The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago Announces the First Ever Chicago Latino Dance Festival

    The festival, to be held from September 17 to October 12 in four separate venues, will feature more than 35 groups from the Chicago Metro area representing all forms of dance, from folkloric to contemporary, from Mexico to Argentina, Spain…

    ILCC Announces 2023 Fall Music Series Line Up

    Kevin Johansen, Son Rompe Pera, Novalima and the Return of the Tango Spectacle Volver among the Many Concerts to be Presented this Fall by the ILCC Rock en español and Afro-Andean funk. Tango and chamamé (an accordion driven fusion of European, African…

    The Chicago Latino Music Series Announces Concerts for August

    PLEASE NOTE: THE BRIAN LYNCH & MARACA CONCERT HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR SATURDAY, AUGUST 19th, 2023. The series ramps up for what promises to be a busy fall season with three outstanding concerts beginning with: Spanish guitar master Javier Villafuerte;…

    Zeca Pagodinho Concert brings Samba to Chicago

    Last June 14th, International Samba Star and Grammy Award Recipient Zeca Pagodinho performed in Chicago to a full crowd at the Vic Theatre last June 14th, 2023. The Brazilian performer delighted the audience with some of his best known song catalog.

    Marrano: A Tale from the Inquisition

    The International Latino Cultural Center and Physical Theater Festival Chicago Join Forces to Present LaPercha Teatro’s Production. Part of the 10th Annual Physical Theater Festival Chicago, this play about the persecution of Sephardic Jews in Spain will be staged at…