María López. Director of programing, Chicago International Latino Film Festival
A self-proclaimed cinephile with a strong affinity for Latino films, she developed a fervent passion for film that drove her to intern for the International Latino Cultural Center in 2009. Her vast knowledge of film was put to good use when she became part of the Film Selection Committee for the 26th, 27, 28th, 29th, and 30th Chicago Latino Film Festival. In addition, Maria also assisted with the marketing and social media outreach for the Chicago Latino Film Festival and the Film in the Park series. She began working for the Center on June 1, 2012.
Maria is a graduate of the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies. Maria has traveled to Peru, Paraguay, Brazil, Argentina, and Chile to attend festivals and scout films to bring to the Chicago Latino Film Festival. She spent a month working as a theater manager for the International Film Festival in Asuncion, Paraguay. She has also programmed and hosted a short film collection for the CAN-TV series Cine Latino: Festival of Short Films and also programmed a collection of Latin American shorts for WTTW- Channel 11.
María is the film curator for shorts this year at the NCLAFF. She will be also participating in some of the master classes at Duke with Mr. Vargas. She will discussed issues of programing on Wed. October 23 and introduced the short series. Contact us for media opportunities.