ElCuentro Film Festival


October 4 – 5, 2024 at 7:00 PM

The Richard and Nancy Donahue Theater

At Middlesex Community College
240 Central St, Lowell, MA


Wow! 2 years have gone by quickly! The last two year’s El Encuentro Film Festival was an incredible success, featuring 24 original short films from all over the US and Puerto Rico, to huge audiences, as we celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month.

Our diverse and talented team of judges had a lot on their plate as we have chosen the Best of the Best in drama, comedy, documentaries, and animated films.

That’s not all… how about adding a Salsa Dance performance with live music before each show?

Each evening will consist of 90 minutes of original films by an underrepresented group of filmmakers who deserve to be heard.

“Art Is the Handmaid of Human Good” is on the Seal of the City of Lowell, a city that is teeming with artists, poets, actors, and musicians. Come to our fair city and play with us. Enjoy our museums, our restaurants, and see our amazing new films. With the Writer’s Strike going on, it’s more important than ever to showcase these talented screenwriters, directors, actors and filmmakers.


Rules & Eligibility Requirements

  1. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the purpose of this film festival is to highlight underrepresented Hispanic/Latino creatives in the film industry that are the following titles Film director, producer, animator, editor, screenwriter, camera operator/technician, camera assistant/grip, production assistant, cinematographer, casting director, stunt coordinator, costume designer, makeup and hair artist, sound composer/technician, in front of the camera or behind the camera talent or crew must be a Hispanic or Latino.
  2. We are accepting films from the United States and Puerto Rico only!
  3. No age limit, BUT children under the age of 18 must have consent from a parent or guardian.
  4. Films must be sent before August 23, 2024.
  5. Any films that violate copyright law will be disqualified.
  6. Films must be family friendly or PG or PG 13 in range.
  7. Submitters/ Filmmakers will be solely responsible for any copyright infringement on their submitted films.
  8. Films can be submitted in English. 
  9. Films in Spanish or Portuguese must be subtitled.
  10. Films must be submitted via Film Freeway on this landing page in order to be considered: https://filmfreeway.com/ElEncuentroTheLatinoFilmExperience

By submitting content to “El Encuentro: The Latino Film Experience,” you understand and agree that you are giving us a royalty free, irrevocable, non-exclusive and sublicensable license to use, reproduce, publish, distribute, perform, display, and creative derivative works from any submission in whole or in part, in any form (including for promotional or marketing purposes.) You agree not to disparage, defame, otherwise seek to damage anyone or invade anyone’s rights through any submitted content. El Encuentro: The Latino Film Experience reserves the right to update or modify any part of this festival at any time without prior notice.

Some Stills – 2023 Festival 

DReam Carriers by Esmeralda Hernandez
Dream Carriers by Esmeralda Hernandez
Belonging by Lucia Ortega Toledo
Belonging by Lucia Ortega Toledo
Thanks so much to Middlesex Community College, The City of Lowell, and all the people who came to see our second “El Encuentro Festival” 2023.  We were overwhelmed by the audience size and the incredible vibe created by these wonderful films. Next year will be even better, featuring live Salsa performers before each viewing, and an even greater reach into the Latino Community to showcase the incredible talent that exists in our country, so sadly overlooked by Hollywood.

Meet Our Judges and Staff


Michelle Rivera

Festival Co-Producer
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Jerry Bisantz

Ahmos Diaz

Festival Co-Producer
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Alessandra Fisher

Luis Miguel Lopez

Festival Judge
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Andres "DraMatik" Gonzalez

Festival Judge
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Deborah Belanger

Charlie Alejandro

Festival Judge
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Online ticket sales will cease at 12PM on the day of the show.

We will hold a limited amount of tickets at the door.