The 9th Annual Vancouver Latin American Film Festival is proud to announce that for the first time in its history it will have three competition sections for short, documentary and feature-length films. Seven documentary films will be part of the documentary competition sponsored by the Al Jazeera Documentary Channel. The winning director will be awarded $3,500. This will be one of the most prestigious awards for a Latin American documentary.

The Opening Night Film is the Argentine feature, El hombre de al lado (The Man Next Door) directed by Gastón Duprat and Mariano Cohn. It premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival winning the World Cinema-Dramatic Best Cinematography award, and has proceeded to be one of the most awarded Argentine films in the last year.

The Closing Gala Film we will screen Chicogrande directed by the Mexican filmmaker, Felipe Cazals. With over 40 films to his credit, Cazals is a living legend in the Latin American film industry. Chicogrande opened the prestigious San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain last year.

In the new state-of-the-art venue the festival will screen four of its most awarded and prestigious films: SFU Woodward’s, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.

The complete festival line-up can be checked out on our website now.