On September 16 through September 18, 2016 LASC and SPAP with the support of Film Studies, USLT, and MICA co-hosted the Central American International Film Festival at the Stamp Student Union in the University of Maryland.

The event included the screening of films, documentaries, and shorts. In addition, the program included workshops, Q&A sessions, and panels with actors, directors, filmmakers, and professors from the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, which enabled a conversation about Central America, its sociopolitical issues, and its film industry. Panelists challenged accepted opinions and perceptions of the region in an attempt to present a more nuanced image of these complex countries. Claudia Yvette Canjura de Centeno, Ambassador of El Salvador, applauded this effort and appreciated the organization of the event in the Washington DC Metro Area, where Central Americans are the largest Latino group.