Did you know that Hollywood was originally in Jacksonville? We want to keep
the film industry alive here in Jacksonville. Jacksonville’s growing Hispanic
community is an important player on Downtown’s rebirth; having an annual
Hispanic Culture Film Festival will bring diversity to Downtown.

An objective of the Hispanic Culture Film Festival is to explain the differences
between the countries that are blended under the term “Hispanic”. The festival
will be a 7 day event in which we will show 7 Hispanic movies. At the end of
certain films there will be a Q&A section with someone from that film; whether
it be an actor or a director, the public will be able to interact with them, in
person or via online.









Thursday September 20th

from 7pm-9pm

"By invitation only"

At the Lovett Courtyard in Jacksonville

Public Library, Downtown


September 21-23


September 27-30

@ Hicks Auditorium in Jacksonville

Public Library, Downtown


° “The Lost City”
° “Evita”
° “The House of Spirits”
° “Instructions Not Included”
° “Coco”
° “Vivir Es Fácil Con Los Ojos Cerrados”
° “La Distancia Mas Larga”
° “Documentary - Operación Pedro Pan”
° “Documentary - Lost Country”


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Q&A Session with Andy Garcia on Saturday 9/22/2018

Hi, I would love to answer your questions during our Skype session at the Hispanic Culture Film Festival of Jacksonville, on Saturday, September 22, 2018


Hi Jacksonville,
I am very excited to meet with each audience member attending the Hispanic Culture Film Festival of Jacksonville on 9/21, 22 & 23, 2018.
I will be on JAX to talk about the film industry and how we made "La distancia mas larga".
I look forward to seeing you in JAX public Library those days and answering all of your questions.
Un abrazo and see you very soon!

Evita Is a 1996 American musical drama film based on the 1976 concept album of the same name produced by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, which also inspired a 1978 musical. The film depicts the life of Eva Perón, detailing her beginnings, rise to fame, political career and death at the age of 33. Directed by Alan Parker, and written by Parker and Oliver Stone, Evita stars Madonna as Eva, Jonathan Pryce as Eva's husband Juan Perón, and Antonio Banderas as Ché, an everyman who acts as the film's narrator.
The House of the Spirits
Is a 1993 German-Danish-Portuguese period drama film directed by Bille August and starring Jeremy Irons, Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Winona Ryder, Antonio Banderas and Vanessa Redgrave.
the film is about the life of a young lady named Clara during the military dictatorship in Chile, and her recollection of her family history, mainly the rise of her husband, Esteban Trueba. The film won some awards, (Bavarian Film Awards, German Film Awards, the Golden Screen (Germany), Havana Film Festival, and Robert Festival (Denmark), the German Phono Academy and the Guild of German Art House Cinemas).
Operation Peter Pan (or Operación Pedro Pan) was a mass exodus of over 14,000 unaccompanied Cuban minors to the United States between 1960 and 1962. Father Bryan O. Walsh of the Catholic Welfare Bureau created the program to provide air transportation to the United States for Cuban children. It operated without publicity out of fear that it would be viewed as an anti-Castro political enterprise.
Among them, are BISHOP Felipe Estevez, former Senator Mel Martinez, Mayor City of Miami Tomas Regalado and others.
Instructions not included
Is a 2013 Mexican comedy-drama film co-written, directed by, and starring Eugenio Derbez. The plot follows a Mexican playboy who is suddenly saddled with a love child at his doorstep, and sets off to Los Angeles to find the mother. It talks about sole parenting and the wonderful adventures they live together. The film grossed $100 million worldwide.
Lost City
Fico Fellove (Andy Garcia), an apolitical Havana club owner, gets caught in the middle when Fidel Castro's Communist Revolution sweeps through Cuba. He tries to keep the strife outside the walls of his popular establishment, but his family becomes divided when his brothers (Nestor Carbonell, Enrique Murciano) join the fight against Batista.
Coco is a 2017 American 3D computer-animated fantasy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The story follows a 12-year-old boy named Miguel who is accidentally transported to the Land of the Dead, where he seeks the help of his deceased musician great-great-grandfather to return him to his family among the living.
Coco was chosen by the National Board of Review as the Best Animated Film of 2017. The film won two Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song ("Remember Me"). Additionally, it also won the Best Animated Film at the BAFTA Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Critic's Choice Movie Awards, and Annie Awards.
La distancia mas larga
(The longest distance) is a Venezuelan film directed by Claudia Pinto and released in 2013. A Venezuelan/Spanish co-production, the film was nominated for Best Spanish Language Foreign Film at the 29th Goya Awards.
A young boy whose mother has just been shot in an attempted car hijacking in Caracas travels up country with a young mentor he met at the bus station to find his grandmother. Unbeknownst to him she is dying of an unspecified disease and is making plans to end her own life. This emotional film has an excellent photography and locations. Everyone must see this film.
The Leading Actor, Alec Whaite, will travel from Los Angeles to Jacksonville and will be available for a Q&A session.
Living is easy with eyes closed
The film's title comes from a lyric in the song "Strawberry Fields Forever", from the Beatles.
The film won six Goya Awards, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Writing and Best Leading Actor. It was selected as the Spanish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards
It is 1966 in Albacete, an English teacher and die-hard Beatles fan Antonio (played by Javier Camara) decides to go on a road trip to Almeria in the hope of meeting John Lennon, who is shooting How I Won the War there under the direction of Richard Lester. On the way he picks up two hitch-hikers, Juanjo (Francesc Colomer) and Belen (Natalia de Molina), and the unlikely trio follow their dreams and look for their own freedom.


Heather is a story-teller based in Florida. She grew up in North East Florida and at the age of 30 she discovered her love of photography and film. She decided to pursue her dreams and left the hustle & bustle of the corporate world. She graduated with a BFA in Digital Film and Television, and is an Academy award-winning filmmaker. She uses photography and film to tell the stories that give her hope, inspiration, excitement, contemplation, and pause. She believes every person has a story to tell. It is her mission to help tell those stories to the world. synopsis: Over fifty years later, three Cuban ex-patriots tell their stories of how they fought the Castro Revolution and how their homeland was lost to communism only ninety miles away from the United States.

We Offer Free Parking and Ride to the Festival

JTA Skyway to Operate for 2018 Inaugural Hispanic Culture Film Festival

As an official transportation partner, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) will provide complimentary transportation via the Skyway during the festival. The Skyway will have extended hours during the festival to allow attendees to park and ride the monorail to the Hemming Park Skyway Station which is conveniently located adjacent to the Jacksonville Main Library.

Skyway Schedule for 2018 Inaugural Hispanic Culture Film Festival:

  • Thursday, September 20 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Friday, September 21 6 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, September 22 5 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
  • Sunday, September 23 5 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, September 27 6 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
  • Friday, September 28 6 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, September 29 5 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
  • Sunday, September 30 5 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Due to the ongoing construction activities at the Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center, Skyway vehicles will not stop at Convention Center Station during the film festival. Skyway trains will continue to provide service to the following stations: Rosa Parks, Hemming Park, Central, Jefferson, San Marco, Riverplace, and Kings Avenue.

Complimentary parking for the film festival attendees riding the Skyway will be available in the JTA's Broad Street surface lot located between West Bay Street, Water Street, North Jefferson Street and Broad Street.

Paid Parking is also available at the Kings Avenue Garage (credit card payment only).

For information about JTA services, visit


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