THE CHICAGO LATINO FILM FESTIVAL UNVEILS THE POSTER FOR ITS 38TH EDITION

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The Festival, April 21st – May 1st, will again adopt a hybrid format with virtual, Drive-In and, for the first time since the pandemic began, in-person theatrical screenings. A significant number of films will be made available online to residents of the Midwest.

CHICAGO (January 25, 2022) – The Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) announced today that Polish graphic artist Dominika Czerniak-Chojnacka, winner of the 2017 Chicago Latino Film Festival Poster Contest, is the artist behind the design of the official poster for its 38th edition. The poster will be the face of the Festival, as it will be on the cover of program, digital schedules, invitations, digital program books, Festival Trailer, Festival’s website and more.

“Coming up with an idea for the Chicago Latino Film Festival’s official poster was not an easy task. I was thinking and drawing for many days, and suddenly – as it sometimes happens when it comes to art – I drew the Sun, a very simple object, even obvious. Yet it is a common image across all Latino cultures. And when its rays turn into celluloid strips it becomes a powerful, radiating symbol of the 38th Chicago Latino Film Festival. Transferring this poster to other media will be easy: even in different formats it will be eye-catching. It’s like the poster is moving and also moves everyone who sees it,” wrote Czerniak-Chijnacka in her artist’s statement.

“This year we decided to do something different by asking the winners of the last five poster contests to submit their ideas and concepts for the image that would be the face of this year’s Festival. The choices were difficult; each submission spoke in their own unique way to the multiethnic nature of the pan-Latino diaspora. But we were in the end captivated by Dominika’s bright, cheerful, and optimistic design” said Pepe Vargas, founder and executive director of the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago, the organization that produces the Chicago Latino Film Festival

Featuring close to 100 feature length and short films from Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Spain, Portugal and the United States, the 38th Chicago Latino Film Festival, April 21st – May 1st, will be presented in a hybrid format with in-person screenings, several Drive-In presentations at ChiTown Movies Drive-In, 2343 S. Throop St., and online through Eventive’s virtual platform. The online program will be available to residents of Illinois and the Midwest states of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana. The full program, as well as additional theaters, will be announced in March.

The Chicago Latino Film Festival is made possible thanks to the support of its Presenting Sponsor, Corona Extra, and with additional sponsorships from Xfinity, US Bank, Prado & Renteria, Tristan & Cervantes, Whitehall Hotel, and Lopez & Co, with more to be announced.

The Festival wouldn’t be possible either without the support of the following foundations, government agencies and others: Chicago’s Cultural Treasures, Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, 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, Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The Joyce Foundation, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs (DCASE), Illinois Arts Council, a State Agency, Nordstrom, and Instituto Cervantes.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Dominika Czerniak-Chojnacka is an illustrator, poster artist, author of short texts and humorous brochures as well as assistant professor at the Studio of Publishing Illustration at the University of Arts in Poznań. An instrumentalist musician by profession, she is also the coordinator and originator of the project Bookcase: Meeting with Author’s Books which promotes unpublished author’s books. She works with various Polish publishing houses (Dwa Siostry, Albus,  Egmont, Babaryba) and for numerous cultural centers. In 2019, she received a distinction in the prestigious international competition Bologna Ragazziti for the young children’s book Chimney Sweeper / Baker. Samples of her artwork can be found in the following websites: www.behance.net/czerniakzly, www.czerniakzly.tumblr.com, instagram.com/czerniakzly

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 16th edition this year; Film in the Parks, also in its 16th season; the monthly Reel Film Club, already in its 13th 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.