About the Film Festival
The LASA Film Festival is held in conjunction with the annual LASA Congresses. Given its academic focus, the festival seeks to showcase audiovisual materials related to the many and diverse perspectives on Latin America: its history, its peoples, its cultures, its art, and all the subjects and discourses with which its realities engage. The films are from all over the world and special attention is given to the documentary genre in all its expressions. In today’s educational context, audiovisual productions are not only versatile and necessary, they also challenge monological discourse by allowing expression of multiple voices through the audiovisual message.
The festival has been held continuously since 1983. Its trajectory and relevance are reflected in the constant growth in number and quality of the films presented to its annual call for submissions and the renewed interest it awakens among the attendees to the LASA congresses, as well as among directors and distributors of films from and about Latin America. The films presented at the festival find an international exhibition circuit associated with educational systems in all their diversity; thus, they have the opportunity to be studied by specialists, to reach the classrooms and auditoriums of universities around the world, and to reach particularly interested viewers.
The festival takes place concurrently with the LASA Congress, and constitutes a division of IFSS, LASA’s International Film Series, a multiscreen permanent exhibit and resource of Latin American Films and Films on Latin America.
- To showcase and promote audiovisual productions from and about Latin America, with a focus towards both Latin American and international academic circles.
- To provide a platform to promote a broad knowledge of the region, its societies, its problems, its struggles, its artistic expressions, and its achievements.
- To contribute to the knowledge of the great wealth of Latin American cinema, and promote its study in universities around the world, especially in Latin America, the United States and Europe.
- To contribute to the creation of alternative circuits for the exhibition of film production from and about Latin America, especially regarding educational actions both within and outside of academia.