Corto Circuito was formed to showcase short films made by filmmakers from and about Latin America, Spain and the United States. The festival is unique in its mission to promote a wider and deeper understanding of the roots, life and diverse cultures of the Spanish and Portuguese speaking communities.
Each year, the selections include animated and fictional short films, as well as documentaries and experimental works, many of which will be U.S and N.Y. premieres. The Festival involves multiple programs, Q&A’s and fiestas to celebrate the contributions Latino cultures have made to New York’s cultural landscape.
We want to thank all the film artists who submitted their films in this and previous years. Thanks to your creativity and honest display of the social, economic and cultural issues, the festival has reached nine years providing viewers with a glimpse of life in Latin America, Spain and U.S.
DIANA VARGAS – Co-Founder / Artistic Director
Diana is a New York based film programmer and TV producer. She has been part of Havana Film Festival New York’s team since 2001 and its artistic director / programmer since 2003. Her tireless dedication to Latin American cinema includes programming multiple showcases taking place in New York throughout the year, such as Corto Circuito, the Latino Shorts Film Festival of New York; The Americas Film Festival NY (TAFFNY), Ícaro Film Festival New York, a festival dedicated to promote Central American cinema, Lima Film Festival, Peru and, IndieBo, Bogota Independent Film Festival, Colombia. Diana is the U.S. representative of the International School of Film and TV in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba. She has also worked in several award-winning documentaries, and written for different publications. As a producer for CUNY-TV series Nueva York, Diana has received six consecutive Emmys. She also works as media consultant for several cultural events in New York City spanning film, music and theater.
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LAURA TUREGANO – Associate Director of NYU’s King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center and Festival Co-Founder
Ms. Turégano has twenty years of experience in cultural diplomacy, international relations, philanthropy and public affairs, with specific expertise in planning and producing major arts and cultural events. Her professional life has taken her to different countries, including Jordan where she worked for the European Commission. An alumna of NYU, she also studied in Spain and Belgium. A native of Madrid, Spain, Laura is fluent in Spanish and English, and proficient in French. She was the editor of the Spain issue of Latin Lover Food & Travel Magazine. She has been Associate Director of NYU’s King Juan Carlos Center for the past fourteen years, where she has organized a large amount of cultural events.