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.

Short 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 the Audience Feedback Video:

Project Links

Director Biography – Edson Campolina Santos

Edson Campolina is a photographer and documentary filmmaker with a postgraduate degree in photography and image from Universidade Cândido Mendes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He works autonomously producing short films and is a photography teacher, participating in collective exhibitions with individual exhibitions.

Director Statement

The film HALF is entirely independent with all rights and obligations attributed to the director.

December 2021 – LATINO Feedback Festival – Highlights and Videos

NUESTRAS VOCES (OUR VOICES), 88min., Australia, Documentary
Directed by Diana Paola Paez
Through the stories of a group of Spanish-speaking migrants who arrived in Victoria, Australia between the 60s and the 80s, we embark on an emotional journey to understand the challenges and joys of their stories, showcasing their contribution to the social and cultural fabric of Australia.

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Director Biography – Diana Paola Paez

Diana is a Colombian Filmmaker that migrated to Australia in 2014. She’s passionate about using film as a medium for social awareness, cohesion and change.

August 2021 – LATINO Feedback Festival – Highlights and Videos

B>Showcase of the best LATINO SHORT FILMS in the world today.

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:
Best Film: GOODBYE, SUSANA
Best Direction: ADA OFFICE
Best Performances: 2HOOM
Best Cinematography: LOLI
Best Sound & Music: SUONO

Theme of night: Life

NOTE: Festival took place during the COVID-19 virus lockdown so all screenings were held in private.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterLOLI, 9min., USA, Drama


festival posterGOODBYE, SUSANA, 22min., Spain, Drama


festival poster2HOOM, 10min., Puerto Rico, Drama


festival posterADA OFFICE, 11min., Mexico, Sci-Fi


festival posterSUONO, 8min., USA, Drama


The beginning of a (temporary) new era.

See you at the festivals. Whenever that happens!

– Matthew Toffolo

Director Biography – Laurd Milian (SUONO)

Laurd Milian is a Cuban Filmmaker who was inspired at an early age by the creative work of Walt Disney. Growing up Laurd studied performance arts graduating as an opera singer and composer at the age of 18, which lead him to study Sound and Music Production in Miami. Currently follows his dreams of studying film at The Los Angeles Film School. His short film “Suono” is his debut as Writer, Producer and Director.

Director Statement

My goals are to have my own production company where I can work on creating cinematic universes for the delight of all kinds of audiences.