Deadline Extended: Reel Rasquache Art & Film Festival

The 2014 Reel Rasquache Art & Film Festival (RRAFF) returns May 16-18 to CASA 0101 in Boyle Heights (east of downtown Los Angeles.) Now in its 11th consecutive year, the RRAFF14 showcases films by or about the U.S. Latino experience in all genres and formats–animation, dramatic and documentary shorts and features, experimental, and webisodes. 

In addition to the weekend-long festival, RRAFF 2014 will include live music and dance, a Youth Filmmakers' Showcase, filmmaking workshops, directors' roundtable, an art exhibit, networking receptions, and the annual closing night award ceremony that recognizes leaders, pioneers, and trailblazers in U.S. Latino film and art.

The festival's team of co-directors includes John Ramirez, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Television, Film and Media Studies, California State University–Los Angeles, Angela María Ortíz S., publisher of the Latino entertainment web site Se Fija Online, and Juan Escobedo, founder of the East Los Angeles Society of Film & Arts (TelaSofa). "We are very excited to bring together independent filmmakers from across the country with Latino advocates in the entertainment industry," Ramirez said.

RRAFF 2014 is now accepting film submissions. Submission forms can be downloaded at the festival website, Submission fees range from $15 to $20; the extended submission deadline is February 28, 2014.