The nation’s original and longest running Latino film festival returns this summer with the 43rd annual edition of CineFestival San Antonio. Presented by the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, San Antonio’s annual celebration of independent Latinx and indigenous cinema will take place July 6 to 10, 2022.

The program at CineFestival San Antonio focuses on Chicano, Latinx and Native American cinema, with an emphasis in Texas related films and regional work. CineFestival San Antonio traditionally hosts screenings, Q&A sessions and panels at the historic Guadalupe Theater. Workshops, receptions, and after parties are held at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center campus and other community partner venues. Free community events include Family Day presenting a family friendly screening, a Youth Program showcasing work made by San Antonio student filmmakers, and a matinee Senior Cinema screening for the area’s elderly film lovers.

Depending on public health guidelines issued for the dates of the festival, some components of the event may be held in virtual format.

Since 2017, CineFestival San Antonio has developed a strong focus on local and regional filmmaking, prioritizing films that are closely related to Texas and San Antonio, supporting regional filmmakers who are based in neighboring states, and also including works made by Latinx and indigenous filmmakers working in the US and Puerto Rico. Limited to screening time capacity, the festival also includes international work made by filmmakers from Latin America and Spain with an emphasis on Mexican films.

For over four decades, CineFestival San Antonio has hosted many of the industry’s pioneering U.S. Latino and Mexican films, actors, and directors. Highlights from past editions include appearances by Marcela Arteaga, Gina Rodriguez, Guillermo del Toro, Edward James Olmos, Benjamin Bratt, Jesse Borrego, Esai Morales, Aurora Guerrero, Raúl Castillo, Luis Valdez, Lalo Alcaraz, Cruz Angeles, Hector Galan, Adán Medrano, and some of the fresh voices in Latino film including Fernando Frias de la Parra, Cristina Ibarra, Alex Rivera, Chelsea Rendon, and Steve Acevedo.

A special panel of industry professionals and scholars will serve as members of the jury to choose the winners of CineFestival's Premio Mesquite Awards in the following categories:

Best Texas Short Film
Best Feature Film
Special Jury Awards

CineFestival San Antonio has developed a strong focus on local and regional filmmaking, prioritizing films that are closely related to Texas and San Antonio, supporting regional filmmakers who are based in neighboring states, and also including works made by Latinx and indigenous filmmakers working in the US and Puerto Rico. Limited to screening time capacity, the festival also includes international work made by filmmakers from Latin America and Spain with an emphasis on Mexican films.


The Festival accepts film entries for the following program sections:

US Film Competition: This section is open to works made by or about Chicano, Latinx or Native American filmmakers based in the United States and its territories. Films with thematic or production connections to Texas are encouraged to apply.

Texas Short Film Competition: Open to works made by or about Chicano, Latinx or Native American filmmakers based in the State of Texas. Films in which the director, principal producer, writer or main acting talent are native to the state of Texas and are Chicano, Latinx or Native American are eligible for this section. Films thematically related to Texas’ Chicano, Latinx and Native American heritage are also eligible for this section. Films selected in this category are eligible to compete for the Mesquite Award for Best Short Film.

International Showcase: Open to films from Latin America and Spain with an emphasis in Mexican films, especially if related to border and immigration issues.

Entries will be pre-screened for eligibility by a selection committee and not all entries will be programmed. Films must be submitted with English subtitles if dialogue is in a language other than English. Films must have been completed after January 2020. The festival accepts student films as well as works in progress provided that the filmmakers guarantee the completion of the films by June 2022.

CineFestival programmers are responsible for all programming decisions. The decisions of the programmers are final.

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  • Robb S Garcia

    CineFestival was great! It is a very well organized festival with some great films by Latin@ Filmmakers from around the world. The festival organizers are very attentive and they welcome all filmmakers as if they are family. This is a festival that is definitely worth submitting to. Thank you

    August 2021
  • It was such an amazing expeirence! Blessed to have been apart of the Festival

    August 2021
  • Anne Lewis

    Wonderful supportive festival at a community theater space

    July 2021
  • Juan Ramirez

    They truly support independent film

    July 2021
  • Mallory Knox

    Super beautiful festival. El teatro es mágico!!

    July 2021