The largest Mexican film festival outside of Mexico, Hola México Film Festival presented by Toyota, presents its 15th annual edition on September 29 – October 7, 2023 during Hispanic Heritage Month.

2023 Hola México Film Festival

As the festival celebrates its fifteenth year it is only appropriate to open the festival with the screening of Surviving My XV the coming of age comedy from director Chava Cartas.

The Montalban, Photo by Lionel Garcia

The opening night film screening on September 29, 2023 will take place at The Montalban Theater located at 1615 Vine St, Hollywood, CA 90028. Be aware NOT all events are at the Montalban. See below for a ticket purchase link.

The festival will then conclude with a closing night screening a concert at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in Downtown L.A., preceded by an award ceremony recognizing the audience’s choice for best film and best short film.

2023 Hola México Film Festival Schedule

This year’s festival is comprised of 19 films categorized in three groups: México Ahora, Documental, and El Otro México. México Ahora features the best of Mexican films released in recent years, covering every genre.

Hola México Film Festival presented by Toyota will also feature 20 short films from its filmmaker-focused program Tomorrows Filmmakers Today. For its 8th edition, Tomorrow’s Filmmakers Today (TFT), continues its annual partnership with HMFF. Tomorrow’s Filmmakers Today (TFT) is a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering the growth of emerging Latine filmmakers, TFT selects and showcases 20 exceptional Latin filmmakers and their short films during the festival.

The 10-day program not only provides a platform for these talented individuals but also offers an immersive professional development experience. Participants will have the opportunity to connect with both esteemed Mexican filmmakers and renowned industry professionals based in the U.S. This will open doors and expand networks crucial for their career advancement.

About Hola México Film Festival

Founded in 2008, Hola Mexico Film Festival is the largest Mexican Film Festival outside of Mexico. It strives to highlight the best and brightest talents in Mexican cinematography. The festival screens comedies, dramas, horror films and documentaries. It showcases high quality films in a festive atmosphere in conjunction with exclusive parties and outdoor concerts. Sponsors include: Toyota, Delta, Aeroméxico, and LA Plaza de Cultura Y Artes.

Samuel Douek, Founder & Director of the HMFF earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Mexico City’s Anahuac University. He also received his master’s degree in Event Management in Sydney, Australia. This is where he founded Hola Mexico Film Festival. Since then, the festival has since grown, and is now a celebrated, yearly tradition held in the capital of the worldwide film industry, Los Angeles, CA.

About Toyota

Toyota (NYSE:TM) is the creator of the Prius hybrid and the Mirai fuel cell vehicle. It is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through its Toyota and Lexus brands. In addition, it directly employs more than 48,000 people in North America (more than 39,000 in the U.S.).

Over the past 65 years, Toyota has assembled nearly 45 million cars and trucks in North America.  By 2025, the company’s 14th plant in North Carolina will begin to manufacture automotive batteries for electrified vehicles.

2023 Festival Venues

Be sure to visit the website as the various screenings will be held at different venues.

September 29, 2023 Opening Night at Montalbán Theater located at 1615 Vine St, Hollywood, CA 90028
Regal Cinemas LA LIVE 1000 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Regular Screenings and 8th & 9th Rooftop Screenings at The Montalbán Theater.
October 7th  Closing Night Screening + Concert at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, 501 N Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

CLICK HERE to purchase opening night tickets. Visit the website for more info –

CLICK HERE for additional upcoming art exhibitions, along with performances and foodie events.