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 11 years, our Community Support Program has raised more than $116,000. 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: Carolina Triana
Treasurer: Victoria Gutierrez
Secretary: Esther Lozano
Committee: Mark Taylor, Ana Lopez, Lidia  Luna, Derrick Sargo, 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 11th SLAFF crew are:

Festival Programmers: Gisselle Gallego, Lidia Luna
Production Managers: Laura Luna,  Vicki Gutierrez
Marketing Coordinator: Adriana Sanchez
Community Support Program: Ana Lopez
Sponsorship Coordinator:
 Heidi Castro
Community Liaison: Jaqueline Andres
Volunteer Coordinator: Raquel Martinez
Supporters: Carolina Triana, Derrick Sargo, Esther Lozano, Fernando Cazar, Karla Grunewald, Rachael Hetherington, Raquel Durón, Melanie Dulfer-hyams, 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
International Liaison Officer: Cristian Monetti – Argentina


Media enquiries: wordout@sydneylatinofilmfestival.org
Sponsorship enquiries:
General enquiries:


Lariza Melo Preciado, Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía (IMCINE), Arianna Moreno, Centro Nacional Autónomo de Cinematografia (CNAC), Al Cossar, Melbourne International Film Festival, Marcos Collins, Peliculatina, Jon JP Palanuk, International Youth Silent Film Festival, Raul Niño Zambrano, IDFA.

To our festival partners: Ambulante, Ambulante mas alla, Cine Las Americas, The Vancouver Latin American Film Festival (VLAFF), Bogotá Short Film Festival (BOGOSHORTS) and KidzFlicks, The Sydney International Festival of Films by Children.

Ms Mariana Goncalves Madeira, Deputy Consul-General – Consulate General of Brazil; Mr Emiliano Gabriel Waiselfisz, Consul-General, Mr Cristhian Molendowski, Trade and Cultural Section – Consulate General of the Argentine Republic; Mr Conrado Silveira Rodriguez, Consul-General, Ms Yolanda Pereira, Cultural Section – Consulate General of Uruguay; Associate Professor Estela Valverde, Dr Rodrigo Acuña – Macquarie University;

Gary Paramanathan @ Fairfield City Council. Carlos Encina & the staff @ NSW Spanish and Latin American Association for Social Assistance; Juan Carlos Rios and the staff @ Addison Rd Centre; Olivia Patchett & the staff @ Inner West Council; Carolina Gallon & the staff @ Cruise Bar; the staff @ Dendy Opera Quays Cinemas; the staff @ The Basement; Martin Taylor and Kriola Collective; Dj Don Juan, Victor Valdes, Sydney Youth Orchestra, TangoOz, Heidi La Tanguera, Afro Uruguayan Project. Hina Khan, Denita Nair, Alice Tame, Vicki Gutierrez, Bravo Lingüista, Matías Carreño, Liz Dakash, Rodrigo Llauro, Natalia Cartney, Rudy Ardianto, Pamela Maldonado, Angelo & Amaru from Nativösoul, Payada for Satan, The Rudy Ardianto, Rosell Flatley, Sendas Salvadoreñas, YARN Australia, Seed Mob, Amanecer, Fernando Andres & Lonja, Addison Road Centre Community Garden, Melanie Dulfer-Hyams, Adelaide Brokensha, Victor Muruet, Sebastian Monreal Pizarro.


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.

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