Marcel Rasquin's soccer drama "Hermano" will have its North American premiere at the opening night of the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival on August 19. "Hermano," about a pair of friends who compete for a spot on the Caracas Soccer Club, is the Venezuelan director's first feature, and won a trio of prizes at the Moscow International Film Festival.
The festival also announced the schedule for its Hollywood Connect program, which provides a forum for filmmakers, financiers, creative talent and industry executives to meet and learn from each other. Panels include: "The Advantages of International Co-Production" (Aug. 20), "Before the Camera Rolls/Maximizing Your Tax Incentives" (Aug. 21), "A Guild Exploration" (Aug. 23) and "From Financing to New Media Distribution: Deconstructing Film" (Aug. 23).
Founded in 1997 by Edward James Olmos, this year's festival runs through Aug. 25.