Today STIFF (Seattle True Independent Film Festival) announced the Official Selection of Cuba, Libre? for its festival that begins on August 27, 2020.


STIFF’s Website states:

“The world has changed andSTIFF has changed in response.

“COVID-19 has disrupted all facets of life as we know it worldwide and that includes film festivals. For the safety of everyone involved including filmmakers, audience members, and festival staff, we are changing the format of this year’s planned festival. We remain firmly committed to supporting independent filmmakers from around the globe and are going to provide the best possible alternative to a conventional film festival that we can, given the unique circumstances that we are all currently facing. The revised structure of STIFF 2020 is as follows:

  • Online screening of select films beginning on the originally planned weekend of Thursday August 27 – Sunday August 30. Instead of holding screenings in a physical location, we will screen a portion of the films online so that viewers may watch films from the comfort and safety of their own homes. Though it is a different experience than a conventional festival setting, holding an online screening allows everyone involved to plan on a known date which is unaffected by current gathering restrictions. This also allows filmmakers from outside the Seattle area to be a part of the festival remotely.
  • Safe live viewing. In the months following the online screening, we will be having limited size live screenings as permitted by local and national safety guidelines. Possible options include outdoor screens, pop up drive-ins, and isolated kiosks.
  • Post-pandemic mini-festival. When the world gets the COVID-19 virus under control and we regain normalcy, we will have a mini-festival which will include a limited amount of screenings, filmmaker networking, and of course a party!

“Although it isn’t the same as the usual STIFF event, we are dedicated to putting on the best and festival possible while still complying with the appropriate safety guidelines. We will continue to update on all available channels as dates, times, and locations are confirmed. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all adapt to the extenuating conditions put upon us by the pandemic.”

Cuba, Libre? filmmaker, Dick Jordan, grew up in Seattle and hoped that not only would STIFF select the documentary that he would be able to attend the festival in-person. Hopefully he will be able to make the journey from his current hometown, Eugene, Oregon, to his old hometown for STIFF’s “post-pandemic mini-festival.”

“Cuba, Libre?” Hits 57 Selections

Today Cuba, Libre? became a film festival “Official Selection” for the 57th time since it was released in January of 2016.

The film is competing in the “Best Documentary” category of the 4th Rosarito International Film Festival.

Unfortunately, as has been the case with many festivals that have been forced by the coronavirus to either cancel, reschedule, or go to an online-only event, this year’s Rosarito IFF will not be screening selected films before live audiences.

However, the festival does plan on announcing award winners, presumably sometime around mid-August.


The Peak City International Film Festival which will take place on September 18-19, 2020 in Apex, North Carolina (about a half-hour drive from Chapel Hill) has just announced that Cuba, Libre? is an “Official Selection” of this year’s festival.

Here’s how the festival describes itself on FilmFreeway.com, the online service used by film festivals and filmmakers to handle submissions and notification of film selections:

“The 6th annual Peak City International Film Festival known as PCIFF-Take 6 is an international film, TV, and Web festival specifically for producers of teenage and family friendly content. The festival is located in the historic downtown dining, shopping and arts, district of Apex, North Carolina, considered one of the best places to live in the USA. This festival attracts entries and attendees from all over the world. Their productions are judged on their entertainment value, artistic merit, and excellence of technique in the various trades and crafts necessary to create your production.”

Cuba, Libre? has now been a film festival “Official Selection” for the 56th time since its release in January of 2016.

“Cuba, Libre?” Becomes A Film Festival Pick for The Fifty-Fifth Time

The Tales Told From The Road feature-length documentary, “Cuba, Libre?,” has just become a film festival “Official Section” for the 55th time since its release in January of 2016.

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The festival will begin screening Cuba, Libre? on-demand via the Vimeo film hosting site for one week beginning at 9:00 PM BST (British Summer Time; 6:00 PM EDT, 1:00 PM PDT) on Sunday, April 5th.

“Cuba, Libre?” A Finalist at Rome Festival


Cuba, Libre? has been named a finalist for “Best International Documentary” by the Roma Cinema Docs film festival which made the film an “Official Selection” a month ago.

The winning film in that category will be announced on March 20th and screened at the festival on May 20th in Rome.

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Roma Cinema Docs is the third film festival held in Rome that has selected Cuba, Libre? and the second to put it on the short list for a “Best Documentary” award following its nomination for “Best Feature Doc” by the Rome Independent Prisma Film Awards in May of 2018.

“Cuba, Libre?” Becomes Film Festival Selection For Fifty-Fourth Time


Today’s announcement by Roma Cinema Doc marks the fifty-fourth time that Cuba, Libre? has become a film festival official selection.

And it is the third time a festival held in Rome has selected the film.

In March of 2018 Cuba, Libre? was picked by the Rome Elephant Film Awards.

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The following month it was nominated for “Best Feature Doc” by the Rome Independent Prisma Film Awards.

Prisma Best Feature Doc Laureals

“Cuba, Libre?” Screens at Erie International Film Festival “Virtual Theatre”

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If you haven’t been able to attend a screening of Cuba, Libre? at one of the many film festivals that have made it an Official Selection, don’t fret.

From now through Monday, December 23, 2019, you can watch the film online via the Erie International Film Festival’s “Virtual Theatre” by clicking on this link and buying the very modestly priced $1.99 “virtual ticket.”

After seeing the film, consider voting for it in the “Audience Choice” award competition.

“Cuba, Libre?” Gets 11th “Best Documentary” Nomination


The Erie International Film Festival has just nominated Cuba, Libre? for its “Best Documentary Feature” Award. The winner in that category, and all of the other “Best of Genre” award winners, will be announced around midnight (EST) on Saturday, December 21st.

This is the 11th time that Cuba, Libre?” has been nominated for a “Best Documentary” feature or “short” award by a film festival. It has previously won such awards four times.

“Cuba, Libre?” Hits 53


The Erie International Film Festival has just announced that Cuba, Libre? is an Official Selection in the Documentary Feature category.

The festival will take place between December 12th and 21st. “Best of Genre” nominations will be announced on December 14th and those films will have screenings in from of a live audience while films that were not nominated for awards will be shown via the festival’s “Virtual Theater.”

This is the second film festival held this year in Erie, Pennsylvania that has picked the film. In September the Great Lakes International Film Festival selected Cuba, Libre? which did quite well in the voting for the festival’s “Audience Choice Award.” The Erie International Film Festival will hold similar “Audience Award” voting from December 13th through 21st.