Ivonne Coll is a People’s Choice Award winner and a Golden Globe nominated theater, television, and film actress. She made her film debut as "Redheaded Yolanda" in Francis Ford Coppola’s "The Godfather II." Studying under such drama legends as Lee Strasberg, Lucille Ball and musical theater with David Craig, ignited her passion for acting.
Coll is currently starring as a series regular on “Jane The Virgin” (CW). Her Film and TV credits include: “Waking the Dead”, (Polygram), “Lean on Me” (WB), “Instinct”
Ivonne’s Broadway credits include Tony Award Nominated play “Chronicle of a Death Foretold”, Joseph Papp's Shakespeare on Broadway: “Macbeth”, “Romeo & Juliet”, “As You Like It”, and “Goodbye Fidel”. Her regional work includes: playing the title role in “Mother Courage” at Berkley Repertory Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Chicago’s Goodman Theater, Princeton’s McCarter Theater, Mark Tapper Forum, San Diego Rep, Arizona Theater Company and San Jose Rep Theater.
Patricia Velasquez is an international actress, supermodel, published author, entrepreneur, and passionate activist for Latino causes. She is best known for her role as Ank Su Namun in “The Mummy” and “The Mummy Returns”. Velasquez was critically acclaimed for her debut stage performance in the lead role of “School of the Americas” produced by Philip Seymour Hoffman and written by Jose Rivera, and was awarded the NCGLFF Jury Award for Best Actress (Women’s Feature) for her stunning performance in “Liz in September”. Her autobiography, “Straight Walk: A Supermodel’s Journey to Finding her Truth”, recalls her triumphant journey from poverty to international acclaim. As an advocate for UNESCO (UNESCO Artist for Peace), Velasquez received the “Women Together” award at the United Nations in 2009 and the Solidarity Award. Velasquez founded Wayúu Taya Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public and funding ways to improve conditions of Latin American indigenous groups, while maintaining and respecting their traditions, culture and beliefs. www.wayuutaya.org
The Awards Show begins at 7pm (Red Carpet at 6pm) on October 18, 2015, at The Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013. Sandra Valls (Top 10 faces to watch by Diva Magazine, Showtime’s “The Latin Divas of Comedy”) will be Master of Ceremony.
LA Femme is a four day festival that screens over 100 films, special screenings, seminar, and networking mixers. The screening and event schedule for the festival is available online atwww.lafemme.org; Tickets on sale. Full Access VIP Passes are at $150 for Regular Price, tickets for individual films and special screenings are $10; and single seminars are $20.
Sponsors: SAG-AFTRA National Women’s Committee, (WGA) Writers Guild America West Women’s Committee, The Governor’s Office of Film and Entertainment State of Florida, CBS Entertainment Diversity, CW Network, Dollhouse Makeup, Columbia College, Creative Handbooks, Final Draft, Mark Us Bold Catering, Belle Entertainment