Goals for Girls makes The New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF)

by Tracey Chandler, contributing blogger

The “Goals for Girls” documentary  short, produced and directed by Ginger Gentile and Gabriel Balanovsky of San Telmo Productions in Buenos Aires, is proud to announce that it has entered into the official competition of  The New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) which begins on July 27th and runs until August 1st 2010.

The NYILFF which has been running since 1999 is now the premier Urban Latino film event in the country. It will be the 5th International Festival in which “Goals for Girls” (Goles y Metas) has entered into official competition. The short film follows the struggle of a group of girls from a shantytown in Buenos Aires to play a sport that is off-limits to women in Argentina: Soccer.  To form a real team, they need to fight against the boys who won’t let them use the field and their parents who prefer that they wash the dishes.

The short film “Goals for Girls: The Movie” already has received a grant from the INCAA (state film board) in Argentina to begin filming the full length feature due to be released in 2011. However, funds are needed to finish the documentary and start a video workshop for the girls so they can tell their own stories with cameras and take back the narrative of their own lives. To learn more and make your tax-deductable donation, visit http://www.goalsforgirlsthemovie.org

The NYILFF is a celebration and acknowledgment of the diversity and spirit of the Latino community and includes family and community events, opportunities for filmmakers to claim scholarships and a nationally recognized short film competition in partnership with its main sponsor, HBO. The website, http://nylatinofilm.com/index.html, is really well presented with loads of fantastic information about the festival and lots of positive endorsements from successful film personalities including Whoopie Goldberg.

The success of this entry for San Telmo Productions and “Goals for Girls” has spurred the production team on even further to ensure ultimate success with the full feature-length documentary “Goals for Girls: The Movie” that is in the shooting stage at present.

With such fantastic strides forwards, San Telmo Productions is confident in the potential success of the full length feature, but would really welcome your help through funding or support and donations of other kinds. Please visit the Goals for Girls website for more information about how you can contribute to the project and become involved in what The New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) already considers to be a film of high quality that deserves international recognition.

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