About the Sydney Latin American Film Festival

The Sydney Latin American Film Festival has been the cornerstone for Latin American cinema and culture in Sydney since 2006.  We are a not for profit organisation and funds raised from tickets sales are injected into social justice, environmental and community development organisations in Latin America and Australia. Over the past 12 years, our Community Support Program has raised more than $120,000. We could not have done this without our numerous volunteers, supporters, collaborators and sponsors, whose passion for promoting Latin American cinema and culture has enriched many lives.

The SLAFF committee and crew are passionate, span generations and each represent different geographical regions of Latin America, bringing an array of ideas and experiences from a Latin American perspective. This diversity is priceless and represented in our year-round programming.

We live and breathe Latin American film and culture. We live in your community and will bring you the best films and events with the broadest spectrum throughout the year.

But we still have a lot of work to do. Even in a multicultural city like Sydney, stereotypes abound about being Latino/a. The Sydney Latin American Film Festival has a responsibility to represent the diversity of stories, cultures and voices coming from the vast Latin American continent. We aim to achieve this through a deeply considered selection of feature films, documentaries and shorts that further the understanding and appreciation of Latin America.


Sydney Latin American Film Festival Inc

Management Committee

President: Laura Luna
Vice President: Vicki Gutierrez
Treasurer: Derrick Sargo
Secretary: Carolina Triana
Committee: Mark Taylor, Ana Lopez, Lidia  Luna, Esther Lozano, Gisselle Gallego, Jaqueline Andres, Adriana Sanchez


SLAFF is a not-for-profit organisation, run by a passionate and dedicated team of volunteers and collaborators.The 12th SLAFF crew are:

Festival Programmers: Gisselle Gallego, Lidia Luna
Project Coordinator: Laura Luna
Production Manager: Vicki Gutierrez
Marketing Coordinator: Adriana Sanchez
Community Support Program: Ana Lopez
Sponsorship Coordinator:
 Heidi Castro
Community Liaison: Jaqueline Andres
Volunteer Coordinator: Fernanda Miranda
Supporters: Carolina Triana, Derrick Sargo, Esther Lozano, Fernando Cazar, Diego Murillo, Daniele De Jesus, Ana Maria Parada, Raquel Durón, Melanie Dulfer-Hyams, Clayton Vitorino, Jaime Morelos Covarrubias, Renata Carreño, Gianluca Borgogelli
Web development: Mark Taylor
Festival Design & Graphics: Takethecatout | takethecatout@gmail.com
Festival Trailer: Davor Opacak | davrop04@yahoo.com
Community Support Program Trailer: Matías Carreño


Media enquiries: wordout@sydneylatinofilmfestival.org
Sponsorship enquiries:
Addison Rd Picture House enquiries: picturehouse@sydneylatinofilmfestival.org
General enquiries:



Mariana Sobrino, Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica, A.C, Leonardo Pineda, Centro Nacional Autónomo de Cinematografia (CNAC), Giselle Cruz, Promocion International, Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV (EICTV), Lariza Melo Preciado, Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía (IMCINE), Al Cossar, Melbourne International Film Festival, Juan Carvajal, The Colombian Film Festival of New York, Giuliano Cavalli, Festival Internacional de Cine de Barranquilla Guest programmer Hebe Tabachnik, World Cinema Programmer Seattle and Palm Springs Film Festivals, Artistic Director Cine Latino Minneapolis Saint Paul and Member, Board of Directors, Dance Camera West, Jaime E. Manrique and Felipe Montoya, director and programmer of the Bogotá Short Film Festival / Festival de Cortos de Bogotá- BOGOSHORTS. A Laboratorios Black Velvet event.

Special Guest Curator

Hebe Tabachnik guest curated Todo Lo Demas to screen at the 12th Sydney Latin American Film Festival. Hebe has been a film programmer and festival consultant for 15 years and has participated as juror, project evaluator and panelist at film festivals in the US, Latin America, Spain, Israel, and China. She gives workshops about festivals, film distribution and project pitching all around the world.

An enormous ‘Thank You’ to the many volunteers who have given their time, knowledge, energy and passion into producing the Festival. SLAFF Inc’s success is in thanks to the extensive experience, knowledge and networks that our Management Committee provide. We are humbled and honoured by their absolute and ongoing commitment to SLAFF’s vision.