About the festival
The Latin America & Spain Film Festival (LASFF) is a cultural event dedicated to contemporary cinematographic productions from Latin America and Spain.
It is also a non-profit event which aims to bring together Latin America, Spain and other New Zealand communities through the big screen.
The Festival is run by all the Latin American and Spanish Embassies resident in Wellington along with other Latin American Embassies based in Canberra, Australia. The Festival has become very popular and during the 2017 edition, approximately 6,000 spectators enjoyed the films.
This year we have 11 participating nations: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Spain and Uruguay.
The selection include a wide range of genres, topics and styles, giving the general public and cinephiles a chance to immerse themselves into the languages – Spanish and Portuguese – as well as the cultural and social aspects of our countries.
While still based in Wellington, LASFF will be travelling all over New Zealand with the support of academics, cultural associations and students.
Our aim is to celebrate Latin American and Spanish cultures by bringing the New Zealand community together to enjoy these in the public realm.
LASFF offers the opportunity to have contact with Latin American and Iberian cultures through one of the most successful means of communication: the cinema.
While providing a sense of “home away from home” to the fast-growing Latin American community in New Zealand, LASFF has been gaining popularity over the years and an increasing number of people from a variety of backgrounds have been attending the Festival.
With the aim of reaching a still larger audience each year and making the Festival available to all, screenings will be free of charge.
As part of this initiative, the Festival is promoting partnerships with academic institutions, art centres and corporate sponsors around the country.
LASFF is an annual non-profit event which aims to bring together Latin American, Spanish and other New Zealand communities through the big screen.
LASFF has continued to promote new partnerships with art centres and academic institutions around the country, making it possible for the screenings to remain free of charge and therefore more accessible to the wider community. A larger number of people will enjoy a selection of films and a variety of themes and will get a deeper experience of the Latin American and Spanish cultures.