Hola Mexico Film Festival announces their 5th annual career development program

Hola Mexico Film Festival announces their 5th annual career development program


Bringing together Latino filmmakers based in Los Angeles for an immersive, 6-day virtual program to help increase Latino representation in the film & television industry


IMMMEDIATE RELEASE. Los Angeles, CA. August 2020 – The Hola Mexico Film Festival is proud to announce the 5th edition of its career development program Tomorrow’s Filmmakers Today.

Every year, Tomorrow’s Filmmakers Today (TFT) selects 20 emerging Latino filmmakers for a fully-funded and intensive 6-day program that connects them with prominent directors, producers, festival programmers, and top executives in the Hollywood and Mexican film making industries.

Due to current COVID-19 circumstances, this year TFT is going to be a live online program for a select group of TFT alumni.

TFT participants this year will hear and interact with industry professionals working in the United States and Latin America during exclusive sessions focused on providing current resources available to advance their careers, finding representation, and other vital subjects to restart their projects in film and/or television. Participants will also screen their short films via the streaming service Pantaya as part of the festival and serve as jurors for the Tomorrow’s Filmmakers Today Film Choice Award given to one of the feature films in competition.

Supported by some of the most important film organizations in the world, TFT connects Latino filmmakers based in Los Angeles to resources and industry leaders in order to help develop a creative community of like-minded individuals. The program’s main goal is to prepare the landscape of the new normal of the Latino film making industry and to increase the Latino workforce in the global film making industry by becoming the bridge that cultivates and develops inclusion, supports the development of Latino content, and fosters meaningful collaborations among its participants and the top industry leaders in Los Angeles, Mexico and Latin America.

TFT alumni are committed to the profession, with proven success and ambassadors of Latino culture within the entertainment world. This year the 20 alumni selected to screen their shorts are:

  • Damiana Acuña
  • Juan Acuña
  • Christian Contreras
  • Gabrielle Cordero
  • Manuel Del Valle
  • Roberto Escamilla-Garduño
  • Francisco Tejeda
  • Mario Garza
  • Catalina Loret de Mola
  • Vicente Manzano
  • Mariscela Méndez
  • Vivian Miranda
  • Gabriela Ortega
  • Gabriela Paciel
  • Jackie Perez
  • Andrea Porras Madero
  • Sylvia Ray
  • Silvia Lara
  • Nicole Vanden Broeck

TFT is a selective scholarship program with only 20 spots available each year.

2019 stats: ‘28’ was average age – 63% of selected participants were women – participants represented 7 nationalities.


Curating Tomorrows Filmmakers Today is Diana Luna, originally from Mexico City. Luna has more than 15 years of experience in developing and managing academic and non-academic programs that combine the concepts of entrepreneurship, community, arts, and culture at higher education institutions such as Claremont Graduate University, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, and Loyola Marymount University. Her focus is to provide accessible learning opportunities and professional advancement to the creative industry. This program brings all her passions together: provide programs that have a professional impact and help Latino filmmakers create a community with an entrepreneurial spirit.

About Hola Mexico Film Festival
Founded in 2008, Hola Mexico Film Festival, the largest Mexican Film Festival outside of Mexico, strives to highlight the best and brightest talents in Mexican cinematography. Spanning comedies, dramas, horror films and documentaries, the festival showcases high quality films in a festive atmosphere in conjunction with exclusive parties and outdoor concerts. Celebrating its 12th edition, Hola Mexico Film Festival will take place virtually in September 2020, offering film enthusiasts a chance to view a variety of significant Mexican films. Sponsors include: Cinelatino, Corolla, HBO, Delta Aeromexico, Herradura, and UNAM LA.

About Pantaya:
Pantaya is the first-ever premium steaming destination for world-class movies and series in Spanish, offering the largest selection of the biggest blockbusters and critically acclaimed films from Latin America and the US as well as bold never before-seen original series.

Pantaya is a joint venture between global content leader Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF. B) and Hemisphere Media Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: HMTV), which targets the high growth U.S. Hispanic and Latin American markets with leading broadcast, cable television and digital content platforms. To learn more about Pantaya, visit www.pantaya.com.

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