Animated Shorts (3

“Ailin on the Moon” – Vilma is a 40-year-old mother overwhelmed by fatigue and skin intolerance. Ailín just wants to play, until one day she causes the emotional outbreak of her mother. Directed by Claudia Ruiz. (ARGENTINA)

“Borrachero”After a job goes wrong, a woman flees to her hometown in southern Colombia. Along the way, she encounters a mysterious figure, which might be the embodied spirit of an ancient plant. Directed by Gustavo Cerquera Benjumea. (CANADA)

“Miguel” Miguel must overcome the feeling of being an outcast on his first day of school in a new country. Directed by Armando Sepulveda Mendoza. (USA)


Nightlife Curation in the LatinX World: Masterclass with Cumbaitón’s Dj Sizzle Fantastic and Funky Caramelo

Cumbiatón is an integral cultural movement which utilizes music and art as a vessel to heal and uplift oppressed hood communities. Join Cumbiatón as they share their collective experiences, inspirations, and what it takes to create dynamic events unlike any other for our community. We will dive into the influence behind these talented musicians, artists, and activists and how their unique lenses have shaped their nightlife curation in the Latinx world. Speakers: DJ Sizzle Fantastic and Funky Caramelo

LatinX in Animation: A Masterclass 

Join LatinX in Animation as we host Latinx Creators, Artists, and Producers of diverse animated projects that highlights Latinx voices, representation, and diversity. Moderated by Carlos Aguilar, we will discuss the influences behind these talented artists, writers, producers, and creators, and how their unique perspectives have influenced their projects. Moderator: Carlos Aguilar (Film Critic & Writer) Speakers: Guillermo Martinez, Head of Story, Connected, Sony Pictures Animation, Yvett Merino, Co-Producer, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Miguel Puga,Creative Producer, The Casagrandes, Nickelodeon Animation Studio

Music Composition Masterclass

Join LALIFF Connect as we host Music Composers, Producers, and Songwriters currently working in the Film and TV landscape. This panel will discuss the influence behind these talented musicians and artists and how their unique perspectives have influenced their music and projects. We will cover their inspirations and music creation process, and how they work closely with productions to craft unique sounds that supports the storytelling. Moderator: Alexis de la Rocha (Managing Director LALIFF, LALIFF Music, Musician) Speakers: Elik Álvarez, Composer, Tony Morales, Composer, Carl Thiel, Composer & Producer, Maria Vertiz, Composer & Producer

Sound Design Masterclass

Join LALIFF as Emmy Award winning and Academy Award Nominated Paola Magrans dives into the world of Sound Design and shares her philosophy, technique and approach to creating phenomenal soundscapes to our favorite stories. She will discuss her experiences as the Sound Editor of ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD and as Sound Designer of THE LAST RAFTER, as well as her approach, concept and challenges of working within a large or small budget. Speaker: Paola Magrans, Sound Designer, The Last Rafter

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Michael Sandoval

Michael Sandoval is the Founder and Executive Producer of MUSE TV, as well as the Producer of NEWS x MUSE, Destination: The Theme Park Travel Show, and he is the Co-Executive Producer of "Hey Han" with Executive Producer and host, Hannah Fletcher. MUSE TV originated as a website covering music and entertainment news in 2012. The company has expanded to YouTube, as well as having its own podcast. One decade later, the MUSE TV Network now exists on Roku and Amazon Fire TV. Sandoval grew up in East Los Angeles, having graduated from Don Bosco Technical Institute. He began his journalism career in junior college where he wrote for the San Gabriel Valley Tribune and Whittier Star News, covering high school sports. Michael then continued his education at Cal State University, Fullerton in which he worked at KTLA as a production assistant for Kurt the Cyberguy. His journalism career eventually led to the transition into the realm of professional sports- specializing in marketing, sales, event planning and public relations with the National Hockey League, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Galaxy and Los Angeles Dodgers. Michael later crafted a hybrid of his journalism career, combined with his newfound marketing skills to create not only the MUSE TV as a news outlet, but also the MUSE TV Internship Program. This program exists with the mission to help develop the next generation of journalists.

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