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The Toronto Hispano-American Film Festival is a presentation of the
Simon Bolivar Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mandate is to promote Spanish and Latin American culture in Canada.

We do this by organizing events that showcase the richness and diversity of our culture. We also honour outstanding members of our community by presenting the Simon Bolivar Awards.

Daniel IrrazabalDaniel Irrazabal
Festival Founder & Executive Director

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Daniel studied Computer Science and Physical Education. In 1984 he started his own company, which designed and installed cable TV networks.

In 1989 Daniel emigrated to Toronto, where he worked in the local television industry as cameraman and editor, as well as a freelance segment producer for Telelatino. Currently Daniel works as a producer and director of television commercials, and he's developing some documentary projects.

Daniel enjoys promoting and sharing his culture. In 1994 he gathered a small group of friends to watch Latin American films. In three short years that small group grew into an overwhelming audience eager for Latin American cinema.

To satisfy this growing public demand Daniel founded the Toronto Hispano-American Film Festival in 1998. The festival and its audience continue to grow...

Alejandro PereiraAlejandro Pereira
Programming Director

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Alejandro became a musician and composer, which led him to come to Toronto in 1990. Since then he's worked in local television directing commercials for the hispanic community. Alejandro recently directed two short films shot in Canada and Argentina. He is currently working on several feature length screenplays.

As a member of the Simon Bolivar Foundation Alejandro has organized community events such as Cinema at the Farm, screening films for Mexican migrant workers in Ontario.

Alejandro has been part of the Toronto Hispano-American Film Festival since the beginning. In 2001 he became Programming Director, in charge of bringing us the best films that Spain & Latin America have to offer.