In it’s third year, the fes­ti­val will show­case 46 films includ­ing shorts, doc­u­men­taries, ani­ma­tion and sci-fi.

While other Latino film festival’s ended their run, Veronica Caicedo, founder of IPRHFF, says ‘The International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival is here to stay.’

While oth­er Lati­no film festival’s end­ed their run, Veron­i­ca Caice­do, founder of IPRHFF, says ‘The Inter­na­tion­al Puer­to Rican Her­itage Film Fes­ti­val is here to stay.’

The Inter­na­tion­al Puer­to Rican Her­itage Film Fes­ti­val, now in its third year, pays homage to the cul­ture dur­ing the island’s her­itage month in November.

But it’s not strict­ly a cin­e­mat­ic cel­e­bra­tion for Boricuas.

“The key to this fes­ti­val is that we require at least one per­son either in front or behind the cam­era be Puer­to Rican,” says fes­ti­val founder Veron­i­ca Caicedo.

With 46 films rang­ing from shorts to doc­u­men­taries to ani­ma­tion and sci-fi, the IPRHFF will run from Nov. 13 to 17 in sev­er­al East Harlem venues, includ­ing the Mist Harlem the­ater on W. 116th St.

Actress Lau­ren Velez, best-known for TV’s “Dex­ter,” serves as this year’s spokesperson.

With a hand­ful of red car­pet events and spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tions, this year’s ver­sion will be big­ger than in pre­vi­ous years, Caice­do says.


Lauren Velez is the spokesperson for this year’s International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival.

Lau­ren Velez is the spokesper­son for this year’s Inter­na­tion­al Puer­to Rican Her­itage Film Festival.

Among the high­lights are “Tio Papi,” writ­ten, direct­ed and star­ring Puer­to Rican New York­er Joey Dedio as a bach­e­lor who inher­its his sis­ter’s six children.

The dra­ma “Baby­girl,” direct­ed by Irish film­mak­er Mac­dara Val­le­ly and fea­tur­ing a most­ly Puer­to Rican cast, deals with a teen caught up in a love tri­an­gle with her moth­er’s boyfriend.

Mak­ing its pre­mière is “El Box­eo,” a doc­u­men­tary about Lati­no box­ers pro­duced by Edwin San­ti­a­go and direct­ed by Allen Schwier.

With the New York Inter­na­tion­al Lati­no Film Fes­ti­val’s com­ing to an abrupt end after 13 years, Caice­do says it’s a good time for oth­er fes­ti­vals to step up and fill that void.

“They did a lot for the com­mu­ni­ty and Lati­no film fes­ti­vals, but now it’s time for one door to close as anoth­er opens,” she says.

“The Inter­na­tion­al Puer­to Rican Her­itage Film Fes­ti­val is here to stay.”