MIAMI, FL – March 14, 2015 – (HISPANICIZE WIRE) – Hispanicize 2015 organizers today unveiled the event’s film festival selections with featured celebrity screenings and industry professional development sessions. Hispanicize 2015 (, is largest annual conference event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in social media, journalism, advertising, public relations, film, music and innovation taking place at the InterContinental in downtown Miami, March 16-20.

The film festival showcase is presented by AARP, DreamWorks Animation, Universal Pictures and Regal Cinemas. This year’s selected films are:

— “Maria Montez” Directed by: Vicente Peñarrocha

— “After School” Directed by: Carlos Melendez, Mauricio Mendoza

— “Millie and the Lords” Directed by: Jennica Carmona

— “Puerto Ricans in Paris” Directed by: Ian Edelman

Short films Include:

— “Limbo” Directed by: Krisstian De Lara

— “Rosa” Directed by: Violeta Lockhart

— “It Can Only Be Used Once” Directed by: Michael Delorenzo

— “Skirting the Issues” Directed by: Carlos Berrios

In addition, DreamWorks Animation will present a special preview presentation of “Home,” which features the voices of Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Jim Parsons and Steve Martin, and Universal Pictures will have an exclusive screening of “Unfriended.” Unfolding over a teenager’s computer screen, the terrifying film ushers in a new era of horror.

“We’re proud to have the support of AARP, DreamWorks Animation, Universal Pictures and Regal Cinemas in presenting this year’s showcase,” said Hispanicize film showcase director Calixto Chinchilla. “Our films feature a strong new crop of films and filmmakers that I know attendees will enjoy. We’re gearing up for what’s going to be an exciting event.”

Hollywood celebrities confirmed to attend the red carpet and sessions are: Celines Toribio and Luis Guzman with more announcements to come.

“AARP is proud to support Hispanicize’s Film Festival Showcase which highlights relevant films to our Hispanic audiences,” said Monica Cortes-Torres, AARP’s interim vice-president of Multicultural Markets and Engagement. “It’s great to see a film embracing the legacy of the ‘queen of Technicolor’ Maria Montez, a Dominican who persevered in Hollywood’s golden era.”

The film showcase will have a strong star power, and the nation’s largest Hispanic and social media event as its backdrop.

“Hispanicize prides itself on being a cultural incubator for Latino filmmakers in the U.S. and this year’s festival will deliver exciting films from acclaimed and up-and-coming directors,” said Manny Ruiz, organizer and creative director of Hispanicize 2015. “During Hispanicize 2015 the InterContinental and our film screenings will be buzzing with celebrities, tastemakers and top media all of which share our love for film.”

Special Hispanicize Film and Music Festival Badges for limited access to those portions of the event are available online via Hispanicize’s Facebook page or

About Hispanicize 2015
Now in its sixth year, Hispanicize 2015 Week ( (#Hispz15) is the iconic, largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in journalism, blogging, marketing, entertainment and tech entrepreneurship.

Co-chaired by Facebook’s U.S. Hispanic Head of Sales Christian Martinez and award-winning actor Luis Guzmán, Hispanicize 2015 is a production of the Hispanicize companies that include the Latina Mom Bloggers network, Being Latino, Hispanicize Wire and the Hispanic PR Blog, Hispanicize 2015 is expected to gather more than 2,100 of the nation’s most influential Latino professionals from the industries of blogging, journalism, music, marketing, film and business over five days. The event will take place in downtown Miami March 16-20, 2015.

The Hispanicize event is a launch pad for creative endeavors, new products, technologies, marketing campaigns, films, books and more targeting Latinos in the U.S. and/or Puerto Rico.

Hispanicize 2015 is a partnership of the Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA), Hispanicize and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

About AARP
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world’s largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin;; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at