The LASA Film Festival takes place in connection with the LASA Congress, every twelve months. The Festival focuses on films with content related to Latin America in all of its aspects: history, peoples, economy, current issues, debates, arts, politics, etc. Films come from all over the globe, and they all have in common that Latin America is their focus. For that reason, the festival assigns special importance to the documentary genre in all of its scope. The Festival is also interested in creating bridges between creators and scholars—whenever possible, it coordinates screenings with the attendance of film directors. Additionally, the Festival features selected events in connection with the LASA Congress program: special sessions, workshops, presentations, etc. These characteristics make this festival unique among all other festivals dedicated to Latin American Film.
LASA Film Festival has been an important feature of the LASA Congresses since 1983. Its trajectory and importance can be measured by the permanent presence of the LASA Festival’s awards in all important national and international film catalogs.