The mission of the Hispanic Culture Film Festival (HCFF) is to celebrate the cultures of the 21 Hispanic nations (Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, Uruguay, Venezuela) and the commonwealth of Puerto Rico through film, food and wine, art, folklore, dance, music, and discussions, in the city of Saint Augustine, where Hispanic heritage in the US was born.
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The Hispanic Community in the US is a rich blend of cultures derived from 21 Spanish speaking countries of the world and the commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Although they all share the same roots: Spain, each is uniquely distinct. The Hispanic Culture Film Festival (HCFF) will educate participants about the origins of and differences among the Hispanic community through film, food, wine, art, folklore, dance, music, and discussions, creating a unique “experience” in the first and oldest city in the United States, which was founded by a Spanish visionary, making it an attractive, event that Saint Augustinians, Floridians, Americans and international visitors will anticipate each year.
DISCOVER THE MAGIC AND BE PART OF IT
Be a Part of America’s First Hispanic Culture Film Festival
In 2018, the Hispanic Culture Film Festival (HCFF) successfully inaugurated the first film festival ever held in the United States to celebrate Hispanic culture. Bringing together film directors, producers, leading actors and celebrities to Jacksonville, Florida, the HCFF also commemorated the fact that “JAX” was America’s first Hollywood—in the early years of the 20th century, Jacksonville attracted more than 30 movie studios. Jacksonville’s first silent film studio opened in 1908, followed by many more over the course of the next decade, including Metro Pictures – later to become Hollywood giant, MGM.
WHY ST. AUGUSTINE
With its magical scenery deeply rooted in Hispanic history, Saint Augustine is the perfect place for a festival celebrating Hispanic culture and films to take place. Founded in 1565 by Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, a visionary Spaniard, Saint Augustine is renown as the oldest continually inhabited European settlement in the US and has grown to become a major tourist attraction. It now has an infrastructure that is ready to welcome large numbers of visitors and make this film festival a world class nexus that will attract film makers and film lovers from all over the world. Spain, Guest Country of Honor in 2019, will bring major cultural events to the HCFF, which, along with the featured Hispanic films, will attract more than 4,000 visitors to this year’s Hispanic Culture Film Festival.
HCFF in Saint Augustine, the experience that you can’t miss
Following the paths of other great film festivals like Sundance, Telluride, Toronto, Cannes, Malaga among others, the Hispanic Culture Film Festival “experience” will include a wonderful selection of films and an awards ceremony. Besides great movies, attendees will also enjoy the warmth of a historic city with beautiful architecture, culture, music, gastronomy and sunny beaches, ensuring that visitors will return and recommend this magical, annual “experience” to others for many years to come.
The HCFF is an initiative of ART MUSEUM FOR PRIVATE COLLECTIONS, AM4PC, a non-profit organization founded in 2015 with the objective of educating through art. In 2018, AM4PC began organizing activities with the theme: “Before Hollywood, it was Jax” to educate the broader American population about Hispanic cultures and customs through film. Numbering more than sixty million people, today, Hispanics comprise the largest minority in the United States.