Money troubles look to lower curtain on LA Latino Film Festival

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Money problems could scrap plans for a popular local Latino film festival, set for next month in Hollywood.

The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival is one of the country’s biggest showcases of its kind. But a fundraising shortfall could eliminate much of the 16th-anniversary event in mid-August.

Organizers stop short of saying the festival is cancelled. They maintain they’re trying to salvage as much as possible of the program, which includes panels and workshops. Board members reportedly mulled the decision about a week ago.

The festival had received hundreds of film submissions for this year. They had planned to screen many of them at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

Actor Edward James Olmos launched the L.A. Latino International Film Festival in 1997. It is run as a non-profit organization. Last year, more than 25,000 people attended.

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