Artistic Passion Led to


 Latin-American cinema is nurtured by a vast diversity, a unique history, and a long, rich tradition of storytelling.  Films are rich, powerful, passionate and exuberant.  Its powerful documentaries and works of fiction have always been fantastic, with larger-than-life themes, characters, and legends igniting our imaginations, our senses, and our emotions.

Motion pictures first reached Latin America with representatives of the Lumière brothers, who sent out teams around the world on planned itineraries designed to sweep up on the fascination which the new invention created everywhere; two teams went to Latin America, one to Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo and Buenos Aires, the other to Mexico and Havana. 

Today, Latin-American cinema is undergoing a renaissance. The most requested film translation language is English to Spanish.  Spanish-speaking films have taken center stage as the most viewed.

But while Latin American literature crosses international borders, films are seldom seen outside of their respective countries.  It is nearly impossible to see a Venezuelan film in Chile, a Chilean film in Colombia, a Colombian film in Peru, a Peruvian film in Argentina, or an Argentine film in Mexico. Yet, at the same time, a quick glance at a list of top 10 films at the box office for any given year reveals almost the same list of U.S. films in all Latin American countries because it is more profitable to send these dynamic films overseas for profit then to freely distribute among the homeland. 

Many Latin American countries are currently revising national cinema legislation to include regional profits. With such achievements, continent-wide films may one day become a reality.

TILFA admires the passionate works of Latin-American filmmakers.  We welcome and invite the most passionate filmmakers in the world to submit their film projects for a chance to win a Legacy Award and title Best in the World of Film.

TILFA Film Regions and Countries Represented

Two National Directors and Four Regional Directors are assigned to Latin America to oversee the following regions:

North and Central Latin Americas

  • Mexico
  • Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama.

South Latin America

  • Argentina, Brazil
  • Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru (Iquitos), Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela, South Atlantic Ocean Islands

Aline De Paula

Executive Director

Film Regions

North and Central Latin America
South Latin America

National Directors

  1. Undisclosed

Regional Directors

  1. Undisclosed

Access Region

  • North and Central Latin America
  • South Latin America
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