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Now in its 28th 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. Highlights include the North American premiere of Cannes-debuted Colombian drama THE DRAGON DEFENSE [LA DEFENSA DEL DRAGÓN]; THE QUEEN OF SPAIN [LA REINA DE ESPAÑA], Fernando Trueba's Spanish answer to HAIL, CEASAR!, starring Penélope Cruz; Argentina's acclaimed 2016 Oscar® selection, THE DISTINGUISHED CITIZEN [EL CIUDADANO ILUSTRE]; THE UNTAMED [LA REGIÓN SALVAJE], the latest from Cannes' prize-winning Mexican director Amat Escalante; the U.S. premiere of Portuguese colonial drama JOAQUIM; and Sundance-debuted Dominican prison romance WOODPECKERS [CARPINTEROS], with lead actor Jean Jean in attendance.

Twenty-five early confirmations listed below (mouse-over for details); the complete schedule of approximately 45 films will be announced in early September.

Look for the fall issue of AFI Preview, featuring the AFI Latin American Film Festival, inside the Washington Post Express on September 7!

Tickets & Festival Passes

$15 General Admission
$13 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 $600!

Early Bird Discount, Aug. 18–31:
$175 General Public; $150 AFI Members; $125 Students

After September 1:
$200 General Public; $170 AFI Members; $150 Students


Stop by the AFI Silver Café on Fridays starting Sept. 15 for the festival Happy Hour from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.! Happy Hours feature complimentary snacks, Latin American drink specials and festive music. Enjoy a cold drink and a delicious appetizer before your film.

Happy Hour dates: Sept. 15, 22 & 29

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.