HIGHLIGHTS: February 2023 LATINO Film Festival

Showcase of the best FILMS in the world today.

Audience Award Winners:
Best Direction: TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS
Best Film: LA CURANDERA CUMBIAMBERA

Watch the Audience Feedback Video for each film:

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


NOBODY, 4min., USA, Experimental
Directed by Mingyuan Li
A woman comes to Paris, France seeking chances of making money to support her struggling family in China. And her fate has since been rewritten.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


WHAT MATTERS, 14min., USA, Crime/Drama
Directed by Lauren Robbins, Ian Harris
The lives of 2 men cross at a bank robbery, reminding us that not everything is simply black and white.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


NAVIGATING THE GREAT WHITE WAY, 30min., USA, Documentary
Directed by Jarred Bedgood
Follow along with Jarred Bedgood (director) as he interviews four Broadway performers and writers during the height of the racial unrest and the covid shutdown in 2020.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


RESERVATIONS, 11min., USA, Experimental
Directed by Tom White, John Leviege
While finding love can be unexpectant enough, the only thing even more unexpectant is finding out that same love, may have a past that’s hard to look past.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


LA CURANDERA CUMBIAMBERA, 22min., USA, Animation
Directed by Ivan Flores
“La Curandera Cumbiambera” is a science fiction animation similar to ‘Heavy Metal’ or ‘Akira’ that tells the story of a dying Earth ruled by a mutant dictator and his quest to conquer new worlds. A small group of animals band together to fight back and summon the ancient healers for help in battle.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS, 16min., Drama/Animation
Directed by Nathan Morse
Former foster care youth Darroll Reed is asked by his mentor Ted to return to Journey House, a group home for teenage boys, and help locate a runaway at-risk youth.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

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This festival is an extension to the popular FEEDBACK Festival in Los Angeles and is designed to showcase the best of Latino stories from around the world. We accept screenplays (short, TV Pilot, feature) and short films from all corners of the world. !

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All entries receive full feedback from the industry. Accepted screenplays get their screenplays performed by professional actors. Accepted short films get their movie showcased at the FEEDBACK Film Festival 4 times a year at the LA LIVE Regal Cinemas located in downtown Los Angeles.

We also are proud to perform a winning Latino screenplay at our festival every single month!

Starting in 2019 we will be showcasing a Latino short film festival every 4 months. Submit now. Will start performing screenplays this fall!

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Latino FEEDBACK Film Festival proudly accepts entries on FilmFreeway, the world’s #1 way to enter film festivals and creative contests.

December 2022 – LATINO Feedback Festival – HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS

Showcase of the best FILMS in the world today.

Audience Award Winners:
Best Short Film: LAS MURALISTAS: OUR WALLS, OUR STORIES
Best Direction: HEROES

Watch the Audience Feedback Video for each film:

LAS MURALISTAS: OUR WALLS, OUR STORIES, 25min., USA, Documentary

Directed by Javier Briones
Las Muralistas: Our Walls, Our Stories is a 25-minute documentary directed by Javier Briones and edited by Claudia Escobar, in partnership with SFMOMA. The film features women muralists whose works cover the walls of San Francisco’s Mission District. The muralism movement that emerged in the 1970s in the Mission District marked the beginning of a tradition of activism, expression, and community building through public art. Hear from artists Juana Alicia, Smokie Arce, Susan Cervantes, Elaine Chu, Priya Handa, Yolanda López, Consuelo Méndez, Irene Pérez, Patricia Rodriguez and more on their experiences, the impact of femmes in the movement and the effort to make space for future muralistas.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


HEROES, 18min, USA, Drama/Adventure
Directed by Roberto Sanchez
Rigo, the new kid in town, finds himself being bullied by some of the local kids. A chance encounter with Miguel, a comic book store owner, introduces Rigo to the vast world of superheroes. But are they fiction or real?

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


VALUES FOR ME, 7min,. Philippines, Documentary
Directed by Mark Daniel De Castro
How does one self mantain his Filipino values when he currently stops doing projects and takes a break?

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


October 2022 – LATINO Feedback Festival – HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS

Showcase of the best FILMS in the world today.

Audience Award Winners:
Best Film: DISPOSABLE
Best Performances: THE BLACKNESS
Best Direction: HAPPY 4 U

Watch the Audience Feedback Video for each film:

HAPPY 4 U, 9min., USA, Comedy

Directed by Shannon Coffey
happy 4 u is a short film that explores the dynamics of a latinx friend group navigating the entertainment industry that demands competition and tries to diminish community.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


THE BLACKNESS, 11min,. Mexico, Drama

Directed by Joaquin Gutiérrez
An old farmer gets inside “THE BLACKNESS” to redeem his platonic love for a beautiful transvestite, who always watched him through the screen.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


DISPOSABLE, 35min,. USA, Fantasy/Thriller

Directed by Marcus Cisneros
After fleeing a civil war in Mexico, two undocumented laborers find work during a global pandemic in the US, only to discover they’ve been lured into a frightening situation.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


Short Film Trailer: TECATA, 24min., USA, Drama

TECATA, 24min., USA, Drama

Directed by Mario Theodosio Gallegos
Presented with an opportunity to escape her stagnant
New Mexico town, a young genizaro girl must decide if she wants
to break away from her tight knit family or stay and continue
struggling to keep her family afloat as her mother sinks deeper
into the grips of heroin addiction.

May 2022 – LATINO Feedback Festival – Highlights & Videos

Showcase of the best FILMS in the world today.

Audience Award Winners:
Best Film: TECATA
Best Cinematography: INVISIBLE LOVE
Best Sound & Music: HALF
Best Performances: PETE HATES THE DODGERS

Watch the Audience Feedback Video for each film:

TECATA, 24min., USA, Drama

Directed by Mario Theodosio Gallegos
Presented with an opportunity to escape her stagnant New Mexico town, a young genizaro girl must decide if she wants to break away from her tight knit family or stay and continue struggling to keep her family afloat as her mother sinks deeper into the grips of heroin addiction.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

CLICK HERE and see full info and more pics of the film!


HALF, 5min., Brazil, Experimental

Directed by Edson Campolina Santos
“Half” is a poetic auto fiction composition dedicated to all the women that somehow, at some moment, at some place, took part of my life.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

CLICK HERE and see full info and more pics of the film!


PETE HATES THE DODGERS, 10min,. USA, Comedy/Romance

Directed by Maceo Montoya
Pete is surrounded by Dodgers fans who infuriate him to no end, and none more than his die-hard Dodger fan father. But Pete’s Dodger-hating is put to the test when Jenny, the new girl at work, invites him to watch the first game of the 2017 World Series.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

CLICK HERE and see full info and more pics of the film!


INVISIBLE LOVE, 17min., Brazil, Drama

Directed by Fausto Saez Salomão
An Overbearing lawyer, his life is at risk and he finds himself helped by those he most despises.
The plot takes place in the Historic Center of São Paulo, a place with a large number of homeless people. Based on real facts and with real people.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

CLICK HERE and see full info and more pics of the film!


Short Film: INVISIBLE LOVE, 17min., Brazil, Drama

Directed by Fausto Saez Salomão
An Overbearing lawyer, his life is at risk and he finds himself helped by those he most despises.
The plot takes place in the Historic Center of São Paulo, a place with a large number of homeless people. Based on real facts and with real people.

Watch the Audience Feedback Video:

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Short Film: PETE HATES THE DODGERS, 10min,. USA, Comedy/Romance

Directed by Maceo Montoya
Pete is surrounded by Dodgers fans who infuriate him to no end, and none more than his die-hard Dodger fan father. But Pete’s Dodger-hating is put to the test when Jenny, the new girl at work, invites him to watch the first game of the 2017 World Series.

Watch the Audience Feedback Video:

Short Film: TECATA, 24min., USA, Drama

Directed by Mario Theodosio Gallegos
Presented with an opportunity to escape her stagnant
New Mexico town, a young genizaro girl must decide if she wants
to break away from her tight knit family or stay and continue
struggling to keep her family afloat as her mother sinks deeper
into the grips of heroin addiction.

Watch the Audience Feedback Video:

Director Biography – Mario Theodosio Gallegos

Mario was and raised in the outskirts of Albuquerque, New Mexico in a Genizaro neighborhood known as El Washe. After losing his mother as a child he was raised by his grandparents who had a great influence on him. He expressed himself through community theater and photography and earned a presidential scholarship to the University of New Mexico. After graduation he moved to Los Angeles where he works as a commercial actor and photographer. He went to Grad school to pursue filmmaking, which in many ways is a combination of his two passions. He will complete his MFA January 2022.

Director Statement

As a child, I witnessed my single mother slowly deteriorate after my younger sister passed away. First was valium, marijuana, alcohol, heroin, then methadone, and back to heroin. Throughout my childhood there was no word I hated more than, ‘Tecata.’ I’d hear it whispered about my mother around school and throughout the neighborhood. It wasn’t until very recently that I was able to talk about my mother’s struggles without getting very emotional. This film served as a way for me to deal with the shame and trauma I’ve carried all my life and to shed light on the effects addiction has on children, specifically when a mother is the addict. My mother was loving, caring, and so kind and funny but the cards were stacked against her. I chose to title my film ‘Tecata’ as a way to desensitize myself to the word and to give it a new meaning in my life. Tecata, my film is something I am proud of and hold dear to my heart just like the memory of my mother who was so much more than just a tecata.