The mission of the First Annual International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival is to recognize the Puerto Rican community’s place in the history of the City of New York. Puerto Ricans were the first, and largest Spanish-speaking group to migrate and settle in New York City. The festival also seeks to display the richness of Puerto Rican cultural traditions, creative expressions, and contributions to the welfare and growth of the United States.
It is founded by Veronica Caicedo of Caicedo Productions. She is a writer, director and producer who has overseen more than 25 successful theatrical productions. Currently, she is part time Managing Theater Director for Teatro LATEA at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center.
While theatre has been the mainstay of her career, Ms. Caicedo also has extensive film experience. In addition to producing, writing and directing her first independent feature, Circle of Time, Ms. Caicedo also produced and directed an independent feature, Shut Up and Do It; an educational short film, “Loss Of Innocence In Loisaida,” and a 2 short films, “Little Courage” and “9/12.”