Hola México Film Festival celebrates 15 years with the latest & greatest of Mexican cinema

Hola México Film Festival celebrates 15 years with the latest & greatest of Mexican cinema

The 15th annual edition of the Hola México Film Festival presented by Toyota

September 29 – October 7 during Hispanic Heritage Month


A Quinceañera celebrating the latest & greatest Mexican cinema


Featuring the opening night screening of “Sobreviviendo Mis XV” (Surviving My XV)

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Los Angeles, CA. Monday August 24, 2023 –The largest Mexican film festival outside of Mexico, Hola México Film Festival presented by Toyota, returns for its 15th annual edition on September 29 – October 7, 2023, during Hispanic Heritage Month. 

As the festival celebrates its fifteenth year it is only appropriate to open the festival with the screening of “Sobreviviendo Mis XV” (‘Surviving My XV) the coming-of-age comedy from director Chava Cartas.

Like every teenager, Danae (Berenice Jonguitud) is in search of her own identity. Although she loves her family, she is also concerned with the opinions of her new friends at a private school. Now that her quinceañera is approaching, Danae will have to fight for the celebration to reflect her personality, while at the same time fulfilling her mother’s dream of seeing her in a beautiful dress dancing a waltz with her “chambelanes.” The new film by director Chava Cartas, who previously delivered the hit comedy “Mirreyes Vs Godínez,” uses humor to show us that this deep-rooted tradition does not lose its value, even if it adapts to modern times.

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The screening will take place on September 29, 2023, at The Montalban Theater located at 1615 Vine St, Hollywood, CA 90028.


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Hola México Film Festival (HMFF) will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month showcasing a selection of some of the latest and most acclaimed Mexican films. The festival gathers more than 10,000 cinephiles to see 20 + films, many of them making their U.S. or West Coast premiers during red carpet galas with celebrated actors and directors in attendance.

Hola México Film Festival presented by Toyota will feature 20+ films and 20 short films from its filmmaker-focused program Tomorrows Filmmakers Today.

HMFF will conclude with a closing night screening a concert at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in Downtown L.A., preceded by an award ceremony recognizing the audience’s choice for best film and best short film.

The festival is comprised of the following sections:  México Ahora, Documental, El Otro México, and Nocturno. México Ahora features the best of Mexican films released in recent years, covering every genre. Documental includes notable non-fiction films made by Mexican filmmakers. El Otro Mexico highlights experiences of Mexicans rarely portrayed on screen, skillfully presenting perceptive narratives that challenge the status quo. The Nocturno section offers offbeat stories and horror films.

For its 8th edition, Tomorrow’s Filmmakers Today (TFT), a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering the growth of emerging Latine filmmakers, continues its annual partnership with HMFF. TFT selects and showcases 20 exceptional Latino filmmakers and their short films during the festival.

The 10-day program not only provides a platform for these talented individuals but also offers an immersive professional development experience. Participants will have the opportunity to connect with both esteemed Mexican filmmakers and renowned industry professionals based in the U.S., opening doors and expanding networks crucial for their career advancement.

15th Annual Hola Mexico Film Festival Presented by Toyota 2023 Sponsors:

Toyota, Fidelity, Delta/Aeroméxico, DCA (Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles), Montalban Theater, UNAM Los Angeles, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes and KCRW.

About Hola México 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. Sponsors include: Toyota, Delta, Aeroméxico, and LA Plaza de Cultura Y Artes.

Samuel Douek, Founder & Director of the HMFF earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Mexico City’s Anahuac University and his master’s degree in Event Management in Sydney, Australia, where he founded Hola Mexico Film Festival. The festival has since grown into the largest of its kind outside of Mexico and is now a celebrated, yearly tradition held in the capital of the worldwide film industry, Los Angeles, CA.

About Toyota:

Toyota (NYSE:TM), creator of the Prius hybrid and the Mirai fuel cell vehicle, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through our Toyota and Lexus brands, and directly employs more than 48,000 people in North America (more than 39,000 in the U.S.).

Over the past 65 years, Toyota has assembled nearly 45 million cars and trucks in North America at the company’s 13 manufacturing plants. By 2025, the company’s 14th plant in North Carolina will begin to manufacture automotive batteries for electrified vehicles.

Through our more than 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.), Toyota sold more than 2.4 million cars and trucks (more than 2.1 million in the U.S.) in 2022, of which, nearly one quarter were electrified vehicles (full battery, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell).


Editors, please note:

Hola Mexico Film Festival presented by Toyota.

The screenings will be held at:

September 29, 2023 Opening Night at Montalbán Theater located at 1615 Vine St, Hollywood, CA 90028

Regal Cinemas LA LIVE 1000 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Regular Screenings and 8th & 9th Rooftop Screenings at The Montalbán Theater.

October 7th  Closing Night Screening + Concert at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes located at 501 N Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012


@ Regal Cinemas LA LIVE visit: www.lalive.com/visitor-center/parking

@The Montalbán theater Public Parking next door at 1627 Vine St. Hollywood, CA 90028

@LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes visit: www.lapca.org/la-plaza-parking/

More information: www.holamexicoff.com

Watch promotional video: https://youtu.be/mlpQGWiB3_w

Hola Mexico Film Festival presented by Toyota


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