The festival began in 1997 in Marin County at one theater with 10 films. In 2003 it was in 7 cities, at 15 venues with 64 films. Each year the festival event has grown in attendance, prestige, and international recognition. The festival has been invited to sit at the International Council of Film Festivals. We bring U.S. premieres, films and music from Cuba, Brazil, Mexico, Spain, Central and South American countries, tributes, and celebrities in the continuing high quality tradition of our festival.