HCFF 4On October 3, 2019, the Hispanic Culture Film Festival begins in the United States.  The mission of this event is to “celebrate the cultures of the 21 Hispanic nations.” According to sources linked to the Festival, more than one hundred films applied to participate in the Festival. Of these, only fifty were selected to participate in the competition. Garabandal, Only God Knows was one of the full length movies selected.

The first Hispanic Culture Film Festival took place last year, bringing together a good number of directors, producers, actors and celebrities. The location this year for the Festival, St. Augustine in Florida, is not coincidental. St. Augustine was the first city in North America founded by a Spaniard. In fact, the first Mass in what would later become the United States was celebrated there. The organizers of the Festival, in addition to showing films that express and celebrate the Hispanic community in the United States, want to underscore that the city of Jacksonville which is also in Florida, was the first Hollywood in America. In fact, during the early years of the 20th Century, Jacksonville attracted more than 30 movie studios, including Metro Pictures that would go on to become a Hollywood giant. 

The Hispanic Culture Film Festival concludes on October 6 with the awards ceremony that will attract the best movie producers. The Hispanic Culture Film Festival has created a unique educational experience for audiences, not only limited to film, but also gastronomy, art, folklore, dance, music and conferences. The organizers hope to expand the Festival from year to year until it becomes a traditional of Hispanic film in the United States.

For more information see the official website.

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