This year's coordinator

Embassy of Argentina to New Zealand

Coordinator Message

Kia ora! Welcome! ¡Les damos la bienvenida!

We are so pleased to introduce you to the 20th edition of the Latin America & Spain Film Festival (LASFF) in New Zealand.

We are celebrating the festival’s 20 years running with movies from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Peru, México and Spain. The selection includes a wide range of genres, topics and styles, giving you the chance of feeling closer to Latin American and Spanish histories and cultures through the lenses of our great film makers and artists.

As you already know, LASFF is a free, non for profit event that aims to gather both Latin America & Spain and other greater communities of New Zealand through our film industry.

This year, LASFF will be travelling from September to December around 11 cities across New Zealand: Wellington, Waiheke, Hamilton, New Plymouth, Wanganui, Palmerston North, Auckland, Nelson, Christchurch, Dunedin and Tauranga. Please feel free to visit this website and our social media to check venues, schedules, trailers, movies and much more!

We would like to give our special thanks and appreciation to our sponsors for their generous support, our venues for being the home of LASFF in each of their cities, the Embassies of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Spain in New Zealand, Embassies of Ecuador and El Salvador in Australia, and our staff, for their continuous effort, support and work that made this Festival possible.

Finally, we would like to give a big thank you to our audience for making every edition of LASFF a success and a wonderful experience of intercultural friendship.

We hope you can enjoy this year’s movies. Ka pai! ¡Nos vemos pronto!

HE María Belén Bogado
Ambassador of Argentina

Rio Negro, Argentina | Photos by @visitargentina

Iguazu Falls, Argentina| Photos by @visitargentina

About Argentina

Beautiful, diverse, defiant and intense, Argentina seduces with its street-side tango, wafting grills, fútbol (soccer) and rugby, unique cultures and the towering Andes. Our country is one formidable cocktail of wanderlust.

From the mighty Iguazú Falls in the subtropical north to the thunderous, crackling advance of the Glaciar Perito Moreno in the south, Argentina is home to a vast natural wonderland. Diversity is a big part of it. The country that boasts the Andes’ highest snowbound peaks is also home to rich wetlands, rust-hued desert, deep-blue lakes, incredible forests and Patagonia’s arid steppes. Our wildlife also comes in spectacular variety, from penguins and flamingos to capybaras, giant anteaters, whales, guanaco herds and more. In our vast country, stunning sights abound and big adventure awaits.

The diversity of our people adds to our natural diversity. We are a rainbow of different origins: from indigenous peoples to migrants from all over the world. No matter where you are from, you will feel at home in Argentina. 

Argentines are passionate about sports, arts, literature and movies. So much diversity drives us to be creative, restless and motivated. Argentine Cinema has a long and prestigious history which dates back to the 1940´s. It has won many international awards including 5 nominations and 2 Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film: “The Official History” in 1985 and “The Secret in their Eyes” in 2009. 

This year’s Latin America & Spain Film Festival (LASFF) is a great opportunity to learn more about the culture of participating countries, through the lenses of our films and artists.   

We invite you to be part of LASFF 2022 and immerse yourself in this amazing experience that takes place throughout New Zealand.