Festival offers an eclectic gathering of some of the most creative and award-winning short films from Latin America, Spain, and Latinos based in the United States


Corto Circuito, the Latino Shorts Film Festival of New York, marks its 11th anniversary with an eclectic mix of some of the most creative and award-winning short films from Latin America, Spain, and Latinos based in the United States. Organized by King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center at New York University and programmer Diana Vargas, Corto Circuito will take place from October 9-11 in the auditorium of King Juan Carlos Center, 53 Washington Square South (between Sullivan and Thompson Street). All foreign language films will be subtitled in English.

The Festival is free and open to the public.

"Our main purpose over the years has been to present short films, in addition to surprise the viewer and the narrative techniques used, open spaces for dialogue where you can see the concerns, obsessions, opposite poles and platitudes that make" said Diana Vargas, director and co-founder of the Festival.


The Festival opens on Thursday, October 9, 7:00 p.m., with shorts winners of multiple prizes at international festivals: Oranges (Iván Gaona, Colombia), Winner at the Palm Springs Festival; Appliance (Erik de Luna, Mexico), Best Animation at the Guadalajara and Havana Film Festivals; The Queen (Manuel Abramovich, Argentina), winner in more than 20 festivals; Hotzanak, for your own safety (Izibene Oñederra, Spain), Best Short at the Rome Film Festival; Statues (Roberto Fiesco, Mexico), Best Short Film at the Festival of Cartagena; Democracy (Borja Cobeaga, Spain), winner in more than 20 festivals in the world, as is the case of Raul's World (Horizoe García - Jessica Rodríguez, Cuba); Aningaaq (Jonás Cuarón, USA); and This is Joe (Francis Díaz Fontán, Spain). Winner at the NotodoFilmFest.

On Friday, October 10, Corto Circuito continues at 7:00 p.m. with a program of shorts produced in the last two years by of Colombian. These are films provide a broad and eclectic panorama of the production of one of the most prolific and complex film industries in the region. Thematic and visual proposals that confront and reflect the vision of a country that lives an extraordinary moment in their society. Graffiti by Tatiana Villacob, Hikers Children of the Chocó by Vargas Rolando; Anonimata by Claudia García; Earth Scarlet by Jesús Reyes; The Undertaker by Andrés Beltrán and That Music by Dario Vejarano.


On Saturday, October 11th, the Festival begins at 2:45 p.m. with documentaries from El Salvador, Involuntary Error, by Pilar Colome; from Spain, Letters to Jinzhou, by Adriana Gordejuela and Common Places, by Delia Marquez; from Cuba-Panama, Person, by Eliezer Jiménez; from Colombia, Ceased the Terrible Night, by Ricardo Restrepo; from Bolivia-Spain, Minerita, by Raúl de la Fuente; and from Chile, Puyuhuapi by Marcelo Navarro.


At 5:00 p.m., the program includes shorts that were selected from the open call (with more than 400 submissions). This is the selection: Story Not to Sleep (Sergio Ruvalcaba, Mexico); The Rescue (Carlos Trioni, Argentina); Eustacia (Diego Figueroa, Venezuela); Modernity (Roberto Barba, Peru); Cholera (Aritz Moreno, Spain); 8 Minutes, 19 Seconds (Roberto Jaén, Cuba-Costa Rica); Inmentis (Francisco de la Fuente, Argentina); Fumaca Drops (Ane Siderman, Brazil); Stockholm (Alvaro Martín, Spain); About the Time (Pablo Fernández, Argentina); 24 Hours with Lucia (Mark Cabot, Spain).


The program will close at 7:30 p.m., with the program Talent at Home, where Corto Circuito celebrates the work of Latinos in the United States. This year there will be: Hotel Y, by Geraldine Baron; Umbrella House, by Catalina Santamaría; The Audition, by Adrián Manzano; Take it Easy, Charlie, by Carlos Ledesma; Invisible, by Edgar Alvarez; Tonita's, by Sebastián Díaz and Beyza Boyacioglu; and Blackout, by Francisco Lupini. DJ Funkenstein will hosting the closing night party.

"One more year, we present a new edition of Corto Circuito, a festival that has become essential in the city’s circuit. Corto Circuito has consolidated its place: it is one of the few festivals that focus on the short film format, which accommodates all kinds of genres and themes, and that gives voice to the whole area of influence of language and cultures in Spanish. For me it is always a privilege to be part of this adventure" said Laura Turegano, Associate Director of the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center from NYU and co-founder of the Festival.


More than 45 films are woven through the three-day program, in which are included the categories of short documentary and fiction; as well as animations and experimental films that challenge the preset labels in structure and format. They are films of up to 26 minutes in length from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Spain, Panama, Peru, Venezuela, and the USA.


Corto Circuito is produced by King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center in addition to the generous support of International School of Film and Television of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba (EICTV); Icaro Festival in Central America, Casa Comal Arte and Cultura of Guatemala; Direccion de Cinematografia, Colombia; Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires; Havana Film Festival NY, ICAIC, Empanadas Cafe, Enrola TV; IMCINE Mexico, Click for Festivals, Kimuak Filmoteca Vasca, PromoFest, Pie Derecho and QueensLatino.com

For interviews with the directors, festival guests and high resolution images, please contact Melany Walter at melanywalterpress@gmail.com.


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