During two weekends in September 2018, the magnificent Public Library in downtown JAX, served as the venue for the HCFF. Beginning with a reception attended by the City Mayor, Mr. Lenny Curry, and the Consul General of the Kingdom of Spain, Don Candido Creis, as well as the city leadership, the Hispanic Culture Film Festival showcased movies that expressed and celebrated the culture of the Hispanic Community of the US. Mr. Andy Garcia was a “key factor” for this success, spending Q&A teleconference session with the audience talking about his film: “Lost City”. Also, in attendance from Hollywood, was the leading actor from the movie “La distancia más larga,” (“The Longest Distance”) Mr. Alec Whaite, who shared with the viewers the inside stories of this film production.
The impressive debut of this event, as evidenced not only by the institutions that sponsored the festival, but also by the enthusiastic reception demonstrated by those who watched the films and documentaries, confirmed the need to expand the festival’s mission to include dance, music, food, wine, art, folklore, and discussions, in order to make the HCFF a true cultural “experience”.