LOS ANGELES, California – October 8, 2013 – (HISPANICIZE WIRE) – Pablo Ferro, respected film title designer, will receive the LALIFF GABI Lifetime Achievement Award for his accomplishments in the entertainment industry, the 16th Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) announced today. In addition LALIFF will feature many Opera Primas with a wide variety of thematic interests from all over the world.

“His immense contributions to the entertainment industry are a point of pride for the Hispanic filmmaking community”

Pablo Ferro’s creation of title designs for more than 80 film and television shows, during his 40 year career, have made him the ideal recipient for the 2013 Gabi Lifetime Achievement Award. Ferro’s credits included classic films such as “Dr. Strangelove” and “Thomas Crowne Affair” to recent work like “Beetlejuice,” “Men in Black “and “Good Will Hunting.” “His immense contributions to the entertainment industry are a point of pride for the Hispanic filmmaking community,” said Marlene Dermer, Co-founder/Executive Director/Programmer of LALIFF.

The GABI Lifetime Achievement Award is named after the celebrated Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa, who is best known for films such as “Macario,” “Pedro Paramo,” and Luis Buñuel’s “Simon Del Desierto.” Upon receiving the GABI, Ferro will join prestigious past winners, including cinematographer Guillermo Navarro, “Pan’s Labyrinth,” and writer Pedro Almodovar, “Talk to Her.”

This year, LALIFF proudly showcases the works of 18 first time film directors in the Opera Prima category including the record breaking U.S. films DREAMER by Jesse Salmeron, SLEEPING WITH FISHES by Nicole Gomez Fisher, and WATER & POWER by Richard Montoya. Additionally, some of our premieres include international titles like CARNE DE PERRO (DOG’S FLESH) by Fernando Guzzoni from Chile, LA PISCINA (THE SWIMMING POOL) by Carlos Machado Quintela from Cuba, POTOSÍ by Alfredo Castruita from Mexico (U.S. Premiere), TANTA AGUA by Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge from Uruguay, PONCHAO by Josh Crook with co-writer and lead actor Manny Perez from the Dominican Republic, CON LA PATA QUEBRADA (BAREFOOT IN THE KITCHEN) by Diego Galan from Spain, WE WOMAN WARRIORS (TEJIENDO SABIDURIA) Colombia Family Dynamic films, LA PAZ by Santiago Loza from Argentina, MEU PAIS by Andre Ristum with Rodrigo Santoro as lead actor from Brazil, JARDIN DE AMAPOLAS (FIELD OF AMAPOLAS) by Juan Carlos Melo Guevara from Columbia (U.S.Premiere), and POLVO (DUST) by Juan Hernandez Cordon from Guatemala.

“Its an exciting selection of diverse stories, a discovery first time feature directors a showcase of US Latino filmmakers and our official program sure to delight everyone. As we travel around our countries we share stories about family, love and personal journeys,” explained Dermer.

LALIFF’s documentaries, according to Dermer, are “powerful, thought provoking, entertaining and empowering.”

The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) will run from Thursday, October 10th, 2013 through Monday, October 14th, 2013 with regular screenings taking place at the TCL Chinese Theatre. The Closing Night Gala Celebration screening of NOSOTROS LOS NOBLES will be held at the Orpheum Theatre. Visit http://www.latinofilm.org for more information about the festival.

Festival passes are available for purchase online at http://latinofilm.org/festival/?page_id=128.

VIP PASS $450 (grants admission to all films, panels, nightly receptions, filmmakers café, galas and a copy of the festival catalog)

ALL MOVIE PASS $350 (with admission to all regular screenings except galas and allows access to all panels, workshops and a copy of the festival catalog)

INDUSTRY PASS $250 (Executive pass working in the entertainment industry; industry affiliation verification required. The pass grants admission to all regular films excluding galas, panels and the filmmakers café)

STUDENT PASS $75 (with access to all regular screenings, excluding galas. Current student status verification required)

A limited number of tickets for LALIFF’s Closing Night Gala on October 14th, 2013 will be available for sale at the price of $75 at http://www.latinofilm.org.

— The admission ticket includes: the Awards Ceremony, Special Film Screening and the Celebration.

— Admission tickets to regular screenings are also available online at $13 with a $2 discount to LALIFF members. Metro riders may purchase general admission tickets with a $1 discount at the festival’s box office.

— For more information, to purchase tickets and to see the list of films and countries represented, please visit http://www.latinofilm.org.

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The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) was founded in 1997 by producer, director, actor and activist Edward James Olmos and independent producer Marlene Dermer. LALIFF is a non-profit 501c (3) organization with the mission to support the development and exhibition of diverse visions by Latino filmmakers. To serve as a springboard and catalyst for the promotion of Latin films and filmmakers in the industry locally, nationally & internationally. To develop audiences for such films and in the process bring awareness of the richness and diversity of Latin cultures, artistry and countries through film, the most powerful medium in the world.

A competitive festival with prizes, LALIFF serves as a venue where Latino filmmakers come together with industry buyers and distributors. LALIFF also offers industry workshops, panels, labs, networking receptions, educational programs, and hosts some of the best Galas in tinsel town.

Media accreditation requests are available online at http://bit.ly/LALIFFpress. For interviews, audiovisual aids, and other press inquiries please contact:

Press Contact:

Arenas Entertainment Esther Urquiza
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LALIFF PR Manager for Spanish Media Daniel Morales
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LALIFF Press Office Coordinator Conny Quintanilla
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