September 02, 2006
Ethan van Thillo, Founder and Executive Director, San Diego Latino Film Festival, 7-7-06
In 1995, Ethan van Thillo transformed the Cine Estudiantil into the San Diego Latino Film Festival. In 1999, to broaden the scope of the festival following four successful years, Ethan established Media Arts Center San Diego. Since then, Ethan created the successful Teen Producers Project which now is celebrating its fifth anniversary. Ethan has served on various funding panels including the San Diego Commission for Arts & Culture and Latino Public Broadcasting. Most recently, he participated on the national nominating committee for Rockefeller Foundation's 2004–2005 Film and Video Fellowships and the National Endowment for the Arts funding panel for Media Arts.
The San Diego Latino Film Festival was established 13 years ago as a student film festival focusing on works by Latinos and/or about the Latino Experience. Since then, the San Diego Latino Film Festival has developed into one of the larger and well-respected Latino film festivals in the country. Over 120,000 people have attended during the past seven years and 1000 films/videos from across Latin America and the United States have been screened.
Past festival guests have included such renowned individuals as Alfonso Cuaron, Gael Garcia, Diego Luna, Lupe Ontiveros, Edward James Olmos, Elpidia Carrillo, Tony Plana, Bruno Bichir, Carlos Bolado, Carlos Avila, and Ray Bradbury.
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