The New England Ibero American Film Festival is a ground breaking film festival dedicated to the promotion of the Hispanic culture through the exhibition of feature films, documentaries, shorts and animations, as well as through other artistic manifestations, which have been produced in Latin America, Spain and/or Portugal. NEFIAC's mission is to link the rich academic knowledge available in the New England region to the community at large. This Festival is also the only festival of its genre to offer cash prize awards in four categories: a $ 5,000.00 Grand Jury Award to an emerging filmmaker for a feature film, a $1,000.00 Jury Award for best documentary, a $1,000.00 Jury Award for best short.
NEFIAC is hosted in the city of Providence, Rhode Island with additional scheduled screenings during the festival dates throughout other cities in the area, which currently include: Cambridge, Massachusetts (Harvard University campus), New Haven, Connecticut (Yale University), Williamsburg, Virginia (College of William & Mary).
Purpose and Goals
The New England Ibero American Film Festival (NEFIAC) is organized principally for educational purposes. The intention and goals of the organization are:
- To enrich and enliven the cultural resources of the New England community and to foster the understanding of Ibero America by facilitating academic exchanges, conferences and direct access to Ibero American filmmakers.
- To encourage the appreciation and production of Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese cinema, both as an art form and as a medium of information and education, by means of showing and discussing films, giving lectures and creating debates on issues presented by specific films.