Mirella Livoti

Communications Coordinator

Mirella Livoti (she/ela) is an emerging scholar and educator. Originally from Brazil, she is grateful to have been living and (un)learning as an uninvited guest in so-called Vancouver for the past six years. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Hispanic Studies from UBC with a focus on contemporary Latin American literature. Her work is driven by a sense of boundless curiosity and her mind is constantly looking for words in Spanglish and Portuñol.

Lucas Almonte

Technical Coordinator

Lucas Almonte Rivas is a Dominican-born aspiring filmmaker who is currently specializing in directing. Most of Almonte’s film work utilizes a slow pace and rich visual storytelling to deepen the connection with the viewer. Furthermore, his work often revolves around societal problems present in our contemporary world. While Almonte’s learning and experience have been mostly self-taught, this year he decided to expand his knowledge using guidance in the basics of filmmaking. He recently graduated highschool and is currently in his first year of pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Film + Screen Arts at the University of Emily Carr in British Columbia, Canada, where he is expanding his knowledge and skills in the field.

Pau Arratia


Pau Arratia (they/she) is a queer Latinx filmmaker with an academic background in Communications, Cinema, and Experimental Art. Gravitating toward stories about community, collectiveness, and the threats to our natural state of togetherness, Pau champions ethics in storytelling. Their work includes a self-published poetry anthology, a manifesto about alternative identities, an interactive online narrative, and several short films from experimental to documentary. Pau is the proud co-creator of a National Geographic-funded storytelling lab for young Mexican women in association with Girl Up Mexico and Ambulante, and remains dedicated to utilizing art as a tool for social justice.

Tadeo Ríos Dávila

Technical Coordinator

Tadeo Ríos Dávila (he) is from Caballito in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Currently he is an undergraduate in film theory at The School for the Contemporary Arts, and he’s very excited to be one of the technical coordinators of the 22nd Vancouver Latin American Film Festival.

The cohort of Emerging Film Programmers is participating in a paid mentorship with panel conversations, workshops and artist talks from April to September 2024! They have watched the 90 submissions from our NEW DIRECTORS competition and curated the final section featuring 7 feature-length films from 7 different countries in Latin America: Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Peru and Chile.

We thank the Canada Council for the Arts and the City of Vancouver for supporting this initiative!