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National team tournaments were as present as ever in the Concacaf region in 2023, with six competitions spread across senior and youth levels.
At the senior team level, it was a standout year for both the United States and Mexico.
2022-23 Concacaf Nations League
A busy national team summer started in mid-June with the 2022-23 Concacaf Nations League Finals in Las Vegas, Nevada, with the U.S., Mexico, Canada and Panama all on the hunt for the crown.
In the semifinals, Canada defeated Panama 2-0 to clinch their place in the Final, while in the nightcap a breathtaking performance from Christian Pulisic, who scored two goals, earned the U.S. a 3-0 victory over long-time rivals Mexico.
Mexico would rebound in the Third-Place Match to defeat Panama, 1-0, while in the Final another strong defensive performance, coupled with two first half goals, paved the way for a 2-0 victory for the U.S. against Canada.
It gave the U.S. their second consecutive Concacaf Nations League crown in two editions of the tournament. Pulisic would also collect the Best Player Award honor for his performance.
2023 Concacaf Gold Cup
That same week, the 2023 Concacaf Gold Cup kicked off across 15 cities in the U.S. and Canada with 25 teams taking aim at the 17th edition of the tournament.
Saint Kitts and Nevis participated in the group stage for the first time in their history, while another first was recorded when Guatemala won two matches in the group stage for the first time ever.
An exciting knockout stage eventually yielded a final between Mexico and Panama, who had defeated 2021 Gold Cup champions U.S. in a penalty shootout in the semifinals.
In front of a sold-out SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, Mexico won their ninth Gold Cup title thanks to an 88th minute goal from Santiago Gimenez.
Despite coming up just shy in the Final, Panama MF Adalberto Carrasquilla took home the Best Player Award in helping lead Panama to their third Gold Cup Final.
Mexico also enjoyed triumphs at the youth national levels in both mens and womens football.
Concacaf Mens Under-17 Championship
In February in Guatemala, Mexico collected their ninth title in the Concacaf Mens Under-17 Championship, defeating the U.S. 3-1 in the Final. Stephano Carrillo won the Golden Boot with eight goals, while Gael Alvarez was named winner of the Golden Ball as the tournaments MVP.
In addition to Mexico, the U.S., Canada and Panama qualified for the 2023 FIFA Under-17 Mens World Cup in Indonesia.
Concacaf Womens Under-20 Championship
The Concacaf Womens Under-20 Championship in the Dominican Republic in May/June had a similar story, with Mexico downing the U.S. 2-1 to claim their second title.
The hero was Fatima Servin, whose goal in the 88th minute of the Final served as the winning score. Mexicos Alice Soto earned Golden Ball honors, while Costa Ricas Sheika Scott claimed the Golden Boot (6 goals). Mexico, U.S., Canada and Costa Rica qualified for the 2024 FIFA Womens Under-20 World Cup in Colombia.
2023 Concacaf Beach Soccer Championship
At the 2023 Concacaf Beach Soccer Championship in the Bahamas last May, it was the U.S. earning all the spoils, as they defeated Mexico 5-0 in the Final to win their third Concacaf Beach Soccer Championship title. The U.S. and Mexico each qualified for the 2024 Beach Soccer World Cup.
2023 Boys Under-15 Championship
Rounding out the list of national team tournaments in the Concacaf region in 2023 was the Boys Under-15 Championship played in both the Dominican Republic and Curacao. It ended with the U.S. topping rivals Mexico 4-2.
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Brings together emerging, U.S.-based filmmakers with a wide range of Latin American roots for an immersive, 10-day program to help increase Latino representation in the film & television industries
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LOS ANGELES – Sept. 6, 2022 – PRLog — This year marks the 7th edition of the prestigious and competitive career development program focused on inclusion, Tomorrow’s Filmmakers Today (TFT).
For the past seven years, Tomorrow’s Filmmakers Today (TFT), also a non-profit organization, has selected 20 talented Latin emerging filmmakers (21-35 yrs old) from CA, FL, NY, TX, and Latin America, to be immersed in an intensive 10-day intensive program.
The experience is designed to forge creative relationships among the participants and to serve as a bridge between their work and professionals in decision-making positions.. As part of the program, the 20 filmmakers screen their short films as part of the Hola Mexico Film Festival. During their time at TFT, they will be able to expand their professional network by meeting key executives, directors, talent, and leading figures in the television and filmmaking industries of Mexico, Latin America and the U.S.
TFT alumni, now a group of 100 individuals, continue growing as a strong collective by collaborating on projects and advancing their careers successfully, together. Year after year they remain engaged with TFT by attending the festival and other alumni events. This year the TFT alumni Centerpiece screening will highlight the work of presents Selina Ringel (TFT ’18) and Jimena Muhlia (TFT ’18) on Wednesday, October 5th, 2022 at Regal L.A. Live.
Ringel will present her most recent feature film, SINGLE MOTHER BY CHOICE, which she wrote, produced and stars in, and debuted on HBOMax in 2021; while Muhlia’s recent short film LILY will open the festivities.
Over the years, TFT has enjoyed the support and presence of: Warner Media’s 150, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), NewFilmmakers LA, the Sundance Institute, Hillman Grad Ventures, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Universal Pictures as well as multiple programs aimed at talent development and career advancement.
“With every passing year our commitment to TFT’s mission of inclusion and communal advancement is strengthened by the recurrent support of the entertainment community, but more importantly because we have witnessed the evolution and artistic growth of many of our alumni following the program,” said Diana Luna, director of Tomorrow’s Filmmakers Today. “This year we have come across an incredible group of storytellers from across the country who represent a myriad of experiences within the diverse and complex Latine identity. We are excited to share their work with the Hola Mexico audience.”
Tomorrows Filmmakers Today (TFT) participants:
Juliana Betancourth ” Marble Worms” – Colombian
Jeanette Dilone “Hoar” -Latina/Black/Dominican-American
Thais Drassinower “Baby”- Latina/White/Peruvian
Eric Ibarra “Glafira”–Latino/Chicano
Daniel Larios “Superestar”- Latino/Salvadoran
Fernando Lopez “Novena” -Mexican-American
Gerardo Maravilla “Cross” – Mexican-American
Julian Morales “The Fallen” -Latino/Puerto Rican/Guatemalan
Gabriella Moses “Sin Raices”- Afro-Latina/Dominican, South Asian/Guyanese
Stephanie Osuna-Hernandez “Calabaza”- Mexican-American
Daniel Pradilla De Bedout ” Let’s Pretend”- Latino /White/Mexican
Jorge Ramos “Dennis Likes Olivia” – Latino
Jan Fernando Rischbieth Córdoba “Fleck”- Latino/Honduran
Wesley Rodriguez “Palante”- Hispanic/White/ USA
Mariana Serrano “Un Pequeno Corte
Diego Toussaint “Onán” – Mexican
Ann Valdés “Arroró –”Cuban
Victor Velasco “Spoon”- Latino
Fiorella Vescovi Garcia “Mal de Amores”- Hispanic/Uruguayan
Evelyn Martinez “Calabaza” Mexican- American
The Director of Tomorrow’s Filmmakers Today is Diana Luna, originally from Mexico City. Luna has more than 16 years of experience in developing and managing academic and non-academic programs that combine the concepts of entrepreneurship, community, arts, and culture at higher education institutions such as Claremont Graduate University, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, and Loyola Marymount University. Her focus is to provide accessible learning opportunities and professional advancement to the creative industry. This program brings her two strongest passions together: providing programs that have a professional impact and helping Latino filmmakers create a community with an entrepreneurial spirit.