The eighth annual New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF), taking place July 24-29, has set human trafficking drama Trade as its opening night film and salsa music epic El Cantante as its closing night attraction.

The festival will feature 16 world premieres from Argentina, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain and other countries. More than 80 US and international feature films, documentaries, and shorts will screen and the festival will also stage industry panels and special events. HBO returns as presenting sponsor and co-creator of the HBO/NYILFF Short Film Competition.

Set for North American release by Roadside Attractions, Trade is directed by Marco Kreuzpaintner and stars Kate Del Castillo and Kevin Kline.

Picturehouse release El Cantante is directed by Leon Ichaso and stars Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony in the biography of Puerto Rican salsa pioneer Hector Lavoe.

The festival's premiere line-up also includes Bella, a family drama from directed by Alejandro Gomez Monteverde, with Eduardo Verastegui and Tammy Blanchard; El Muerto, director Brian Cox's comic book adaptation starring Wilmer Valderrama and Angie Cepeda; and urban drama Adrift in Manhattan, the third feature from writer/director Alfredo de Villa, starring Heather Graham and William Baldwin.

Festival executive director Calixto Chinchilla said: 'There is increasing recognition of Latino talent in filmmaking, from Oscar nominations to lead roles in popular television shows. The festival is proud to provide another forum to demonstrate the influence Latinos presently possess in scriptwriting, directing, and acting.'