Corto Circuito was formed to showcase short films made by filmmakers from and about Latin America, Spain and the United States. The festival is unique in its mission to promote a wider and deeper understanding of the roots, life and diverse cultures of the Spanish and Portuguese speaking communities.


Each year, the selections include animated and fictional short films, as well as documentaries and experimental works, many of which will be U.S and N.Y. premieres. The Festival involves multiple programs, Q&A’s and fiestas to celebrate the contributions Latino cultures have made to New York’s cultural landscape.

We want to thank all the film artists who submitted their films in this and previous years. Thanks to your creativity and honest display of the social, economic and cultural issues, the festival has reached nine years providing viewers with a glimpse of life in Latin America, Spain and U.S.

DIANA VARGAS – Co-Founder / Artistic Director

Diana is a New York based film programmer and TV producer. She has been part of Havana Film Festival New York’s team since 2001 and its artistic director / programmer since 2003. Her tireless dedication to Latin American cinema includes programming multiple showcases taking place in New York throughout the year, such as Corto Circuito, the Latino Shorts Film Festival of New York; The Americas Film Festival NY (TAFFNY), Ícaro Film Festival New York, a festival dedicated to promote Central American cinema, Lima Film Festival, Peru and, IndieBo, Bogota Independent Film Festival, Colombia. Diana is the U.S. representative of the International School of Film and TV in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba. She has also worked in several award-winning documentaries, and written for different publications. As a producer for CUNY-TV series Nueva York, Diana has received seven Emmys and is the producer and co-creator of the new show LATiNAS, that highlights the accomplishment of Latino women in U.S. She also works as media consultant for several cultural events in New York City spanning film, music and theater.

Contact info: press@dianavargas.com

LAURA TUREGANO – Acting Director of NYU’s King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center and Festival Co-Founder 


Laura Turégano has twenty four years of experience in philanthropy and public affairs, with expertise in the arts, culture and international relations. Her professional life has taken her to different countries, including Jordan where she worked for the European Commission. An alumna of NYU, she also studied in Spain and Belgium. A native of Madrid, Spain, Laura is fluent in Spanish and English, and proficient in French. She was the editor of the Spain issue of Latin Lover Food & Travel Magazine.

Laura is Acting Director of New York University’s King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center (KJCC) for Academic Year 2020, and has been the Associate Director of the Center for the past fifteen years.

GIO QUINCHE – Festival Coordinator


Gio Quinche studied Graphic Design in Bogota, Colombia. With an extensive knowledge of marketing for cultural enterprises, he entered the world of film festivals in 2004 when he arrived in New York City and joined La CinemaFe and the Havana Film Festival NY as head of the graphic design team. Since then he has worked to create successful strategies for festivals throughout NYC such as Cinema Kids, Dominican Film Festival NY, Corto Circuito, and Icaro Film Festival NY.

Since last year, Gio sits on the programming departments of HFFNY and Corto Circuito Latino Short Fest.

SAMANTHA CHOOS – Festival Coordinator 


Samantha Choos graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2013 and received her M.A. from New York University’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, where she completed her thesis on the importance of film festivals with a focus on the Havana Film Festival New York (HFFNY). Since 2016 she has been HFFNY’s festival coordinator, as well as a part of the teams of some of the most representative film festivals and showcases of Latin American cinema in NY. Her experience includes The Americas Film Festival NY, Ícaro Film Festival in NY, NY Latino Film Festival, the Dominican Film Festival in NY and Corto Circuito, The Latino ShortFest of New York. She currently works at The American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba (AFLFC), where she heads the organization’s cultural initiatives, educational and professional development projects, and exchange programs.