This year's coordinator

Embassy of Chile to New Zealand

Coordinator Message

It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the Latin America and Spain Film Festival (LASFF) in 2021. This is the festival’s 19th edition which, as you may be aware, was intended to take place in September-November 2020; unfortunately, due to COVID-19 we were left with no option other than to postpone it. Thankfully, we are now able and very excited to bring this festival back to the New Zealand cultural scene.

As always, LASFF will be taken to multiple cities in New Zealand (venues, dates, and times to be announced on the website and social media), and remains a free event, which allows us to give the opportunity to a large audience to interact and immerse themselves in our vibrant, rich cultures and languages through the films shown, connecting our public to Latin America and Spain through this artistic expression.

Lastly, we would like to give our deepest thanks and appreciation to our sponsors for their generous, on-going support; our venues for their continued support and giving LASFF a home in each of their cities, allowing us to bring it to more people across the country; the Embassies of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, Peru and Spain in New Zealand, and their staff, all of whom have been instrumental for the organisation, planning and execution of the festival; and last but not least, our audience, for making each festival a success, and giving us the inspiration to keep this cultural experience alive.

We hope you can join us this year!

HE Mr Ignacio Llanos
Ambassador of Chile

Andes Mountain Range over Santiago, Chile

Worker in Chilean Vineyard

About Chile

Chile is a long and narrow country of South America with a population of 19 million inhabitants. The country’s landscapes are extremely varied, consisting of desert, forest, valleys, mountains and several distinct ecosystems.

The variety of the cultural heritage of Chile has been a source of artistic inspiration, in particular for the film industry, which has boomed over the last years, having received major awards, such as the Oscar for the Best Foreign Film in 2018 for “A Fantastic Woman”. In turn, the film “The Mole Agent” has been nominated in 2021 for Best Documentary at the 93rd edition of the Academy Awards.

The Latin American & Spain Film Festival (LASFF) will be a great opportunity to learn about and appreciate the culture of participating countries, through their films and artists.   

We invite you to be part of this new LASFF and immerse yourself in this amazing experience that will take place in different cities throughout New Zealand.