shareHAVANA,Nov. 19th ( EFE) American directors Oliver Stone and Brian De Palma will be two of the biggest names in attendance at the 38th Havana Film Festival, a major event on Cuba’s cultural calendar.

The festival will run from Dec. 8-18 and include dozens of films from Latin America and the Caribbean – among them feature-length movies, shorts, documentaries and animated films – in competition for Coral prizes.

Stone will present “Snowden,” his latest film about former CIA employee and government contractor Edward Snowden, who provided documents exposing the U.S. National Security Agency’s massive surveillance of global telephonic and Internet communications.

De Palma, who has attended the festival on other occasions, will teach a class on cinema and visit the acclaimed International School of Film and Television in the western Cuban town of San Antonio de los Baños.

Spanish filmmakers Benito Zambrano and Manuel Gutierrez Aragon, Spanish actress Marisa Paredes and Brazilian actress Sonia Braga will also attend the festival as jury members or guests.

The festival will kick off with a screening of the Spanish-Argentine film “El ciudadano ilustre” (The Distinguished Citizen), directed by Gaston Duprat and Mariano Cohn.

This year’s festival also has a new section titled “Restored Classics,” which will include films by late Cuban directors Tomas Gutierrez Alea and Pastor Vega.

Another novelty this year is a Web page that was launched to attract new audiences, particularly younger people.