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The festival provides a venue to bridge diverse communities and cultures. The festival provides a venue to bridge diverse communities and cultures.

21st Annual Latino Film Festival

San Diego State University is supporting the Latino community through the arts.
By Alyson Faucett

Each year the San Diego community comes together for a 10-day celebration of Latino film. San Diego State University has been committed to supporting the Latino community through the arts since the festival began 21 years ago.

Embracing diversity 

As the official educational sponsor of the Latino Film festival, SDSU, whose population is more than 25 percent Hispanic, is dedicated to educating the public about the diversity of the Latino community. 

Aaron Bruce, chief diversity officer at SDSU, believes that the festival provides an excellent venue to bridge diverse communities and cultures.

“The university is committed to celebrating all of the cultures on campus,” Bruce said. “The festival is a great opportunity to educate students on diversity through experiential learning.”

SDSU roots

Glenn Heath is an SDSU alumnus who is now the director of programming for the festival. He credits SDSU for giving him a strong background in film production and connecting him with a local network of artistic professionals.

“SDSU provides us with marketing and promotional support that we need to spread word of our mission, which is to promote access to film and video as tools for community self-expression and social change and support the professional development of media artists,” Heath said.

This year the festival will showcase more than 150 films spanning all genres. Films have been screened at SDSU in the past, but with the addition of the theater in the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union, both Bruce and Heath hope more films are shown on campus in the future.

About the festival

The festival will run from March 13 to 23 with screenings at UltraStar Mission Valley Cinema and the Digital Gym Cinema in North Park.

Both individual film tickets and festival passes are available online.

View the complete festival line-up and film schedule on the SDLFF website.