The Best of Latin American Culture Cinema in Toronto

The Toronto Latin American Film Festival, LATAFF 2023, presented by the Hispanic Canadian Heritage Council (HCHC), aims to promote the very best and the most fascinating cinema from Latin America and from Latino Canadian producers, featuring the most recent award wining films. From comedies and dramas to family-oriented movies, these film selections will meet everybody’s expectations on production quality, interesting plots, and entertainment with the uniqueness of Latin American style.
This event is one of the highlights during the Hispanic / Latin American Heritage Month (October) of each year celebrating and sharing the Latin America culture and diversity.

The Hispanic Canadian Heritage Council, HCHC, is a non-profit organization created with the support and collaboration of the three levels of government, in addition to numerous organizations. Its mission is to highlight and promote the contribution of Hispanic / Latin American culture in the evolving fabric of Canadian Heritage.
One of the main activities of the HCHC is the celebration of the Hispanic / Latin American Heritage Month in October of each year, as it had been declared for the Toronto City Council, for the Ontario Legislature and for the Federal Parliament.

The Toronto Latin American Film Festival, LATAFF was launched in 2015 to meet the community’s need for opportunities that could enable them to strengthen their identification with their Latin-American roots, specially second generation of Latino immigrants. However, since then, the growing interest of the general population for the unique perspective of the Latin American film industry, has made this event an exceptional occasion to view some of the most successful movies that has captured the attention of millions of people around the world.

The Toronto Latin American Film Festival 2023 will be screened at the Innis Town Hall Theatre at the University of Toronto (2 Sussex Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 1J5). Some films will be screened online.

The Toronto Latin American Film Festival is an appointment in our city with the very best of Latin American cinema. And is a celebration of our cultural diversity through the great stories told in this selection of movies from the whole Spanish speaking continent.
We are the cultural and artistic thread between Latin American and other background heritage communities who enjoy watching movies and documentaries.

What inspires and moves us most is bringing together cultural diversity, age, religious, political and gender differences through our passionate and unique Latin American perspective on arts and film entertainment.


1. You can submit a film under six categories: Latino Canadian Features, Latino Canadian Documentary, Latino Canadian Shorts, Latin American Features, Latin American Documentary and Latin American Shorts.
2. The categories Features and Documentary are films with run times of 60 minutes or longer. The categories Shorts have run times of 40 minutes or less.
3. Latino Canadian films are directed by Latino filmmakers who reside in Canada and list Canada as one of the countries of production.
4. Latin American films are directed by citizens or permanent residents of any Latin American country and list any Latin American country as one of the countries of production.
5. All films submitted need to have English subtitles.
6. By submitting a film to LATAFF for consideration, the submitter represent that have read, understood, and agree to this terms and conditions, and that have the rights of the film.
7. Submission fees are non-refundable.
8. To be eligible for consideration, submission screeners must be submitted only online via FilmFreeway.
9. Submission fees, deadlines, and notifications of selection for LATAFF 2023 are listed in FilmFreeway submission information.

Overall Rating
  • Sebastian Vives

    An amazing festival that supports and prioritizes Latin American Cinema in Toronto. We had a great screening and an invested audience. Vanesa and Oscar's hard work was reflected in the organization of the events.

    November 2022
  • Víctor Augusto Mendívil

    Gracias al Toronto Latin American Film Festival por permitirnos ser parte de su programa virtual con 299.00 (F84.0). Muy buena comunicación con Vanesa. Saludos desde Perú!

    November 2022
  • Primera vez Honduras fue seleccionado en este festival. Muy agradecida con todo el equipo. Lastimosamente yo no pude asistir pero mi hermana si fue. Me contó la increible experiencia que tuvo.

    November 2022