About Us

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The Vancouver Latin American Film Festival is a registered not-for-profit, charitable organization with the mission to provide a forum for the promotion and exhibition of Latin American cinema in Vancouver. This annual festival encourages dialogue among cultures, and explores and celebrates the art of contemporary Latin American and Latin-Canadian filmmaking.

VLAFF's mandate is the encouragement and appreciation of motion pictures as a medium of art, information and education.

Since 2003, VLAFF has provided audiences with the unique opportunity to watch inspiring films and interact with guest filmmakers from across Latin America and the diaspora.

VLAFF Mission

  • To conduct a Film Festival for the purpose of educating and advancing the public’s understanding and appreciation of Latin American cinema.
  • To provide a forum for the promotion and exhibition of Latin American cinema in Canada;
  • To provide independent media artists with the opportunity to present and discuss their works with an engaged audience;
  • To showcase the work of Latin-Canadian artists and filmmakers;
  • To generate a network between the Canadian and Latin American film industries and forge an artistic alliance between the two.
  • To promote cross-cultural understanding and enrich Canada’s multicultural landscape.

Board of Directors

President: Marc Fournier
Treasurer: Adriana Contreras
Secretary: Juan Carlos Azpilcueta
Members at large: Carolina Ordoñez, Enrique Vázquez Sánchez, Francisco Javier Barajas,
Nathalie Lopez-Gutierrez

Festival +
Artistic Director

Christian Sida-Valenzuela

Senior Programmer +
General Manager

Anne-Mary Mullen

Community and Media Partnership + 
Theatre Operations Coordinator

Sonia Medel

Volunteer Coordinator

Paloma Pacheco

Ad Sales Representative +
Social Media Coordinator

Judith Guzmán

Programming Assistant

Chloe Numbers

Graphic Design +

Rene Quijada | Art Director
Shay Namazi | Creative Designer

Public Relations Consultant

Monica Nelson | Zola Public Relations

Guest Services

Tata Valenzuela García

Special Events

Sergio Muñiz

Grant Writing +

Anne-Mary Mullen

Youth Jury Coordinators

Adriana Contreras
Paloma Pacheco


Sergio Suárez


Alexandre Nicolaieff

Festival Key Art - 2013-2015

Ricardo Luévanos | ricardoluevanos.com

Programming Committee

Christian Sida-Valenzuela, Artistic Director
Anne-Mary Mullen, Feature Films & Canada Looks South
Chloe Numbers, Feature Films
Kenya Márquez, Feature & Short Films
Alejandro Gómez Treviño, Short Films
Luna Marán, Indigenous Films
Sonia Medel, Indigenous Films
Kathleen Mullen, Consultant - Narrative & Documentary Features