Now in its 26th year, the AFI Latin American Film Festival showcases the best filmmaking from Latin America and, with the inclusion of films from Spain and Portugal, celebrates Ibero-American cultural connections. This year's selection of films will once again include numerous international film festival favorites, award winners, local box office hits and debut works by promising new talents.

Opening Night:
SAND DOLLARS [Dólares de arena]

Q&A with filmmaker Laura Amelia Guzmán and author Jean-Noël Pancrazi; post-screening reception sponsored by the Embassy of the Dominican Republic

Thu, Sep 17, 7:30


Half-Price One-Day Sale Sept. 11
10:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.
Tickets for all films (except Opening Night) in the AFI Latin American Film Festival are half price on Sept. 11!

Highlights of the festival include Opening Night film SAND DOLLARS, starring legendary actress Geraldine Chaplin; MESSI, a docudrama about the world’s greatest soccer player; Spanish thriller MARSHLAND, winner of 10 Goya Awards; the U.S. premiere of Colombia’s ALIAS MARIA, straight from its debut at the Cannes Film Festival; Peru’s gripping film noir THE VANISHED ELEPHANT; WITHOUT WINGS, the first U.S. feature to be made in Cuba since 1959; Mexico’s Almodovar-esque comedy ELVIRA, I’D GIVE YOU MY LIFE BUT I’M USING IT; Guatemala’s IXCANUL, winner of top prizes from the Berlin, Guadalajara and Cartagena Film Festivals; THE EMPTY CLASSROOM, an omnibus film about education in Latin America, made under the direction of Gael Garcia Bernal; Kristen Wiig in NASTY BABY, the latest film from Chilean filmmaker Sebastian Silva; Argentine soccer dramedy THE FIVE; and Costa Rican romantic comedy VIAJE.

Additional early announcements — representing about half of this year's exciting film lineup — are below. Check back for further updates. The full festival lineup will be announced in early September!

Look for the fall issue of AFI Preview, featuring the AFI Latin American Film Festival, in the Washington Post on September 11!

Tickets & Festival Passes

$13 General Admission
$10 AFI Members (2-star level & higher)

Explore Latin American cinema with an AFI Latin American Film Festival pass—the Pase Especial! Want to see all the hottest films in the festival without having to worry about buying tickets in advance? With the Pase Especial, you have priority access to every film. NO TICKETS NEEDED. The all-access Pase Especial gives you admission for one to every screening in the AFI Latin American Film Festival, including Opening and Closing Night and Festival Happy Hours. Valued at more than $500!

$175 General Public/$135 AFI Members and Students


Stop by the AFI Silver Café on Thursdays and Fridays starting Sept. 18 for the festival Happy Hour from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.! Happy Hours feature complimentary snacks courtesy of La Malinche Restaurant, Latin American drink specials and festive music. Enjoy a cold drink and a delicious appetizer before your film.

Happy Hour dates: Sept. 18, 24, 25, Oct. 1 and 2

Happy Hour specials are valid only for AFI Latin American Film Festival pass holders and ticket holders to festival films playing on the given dates.