CineFestival is the longest-running Latino film festival in the United States and San Antonio’s original indie film festival. Through it’s four decade history CineFestival has played a significant role in the presentation, appreciation, and development of Chicano, U.S. Latino, Mexican, and Latin American filmmakers.

This annual week long event, hosted by the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, in the heart of San Antonio’s historic West Side, consists of film screenings, panels, Master Classes, workshops, community events and the Latino Screenwriting Lab, a three-day script workshop co-presented with the Sundance Institute.

Over 60 curated films screen at a typical CineFestival, as well as a Youth Program, and a special film program for the area’s Senior Citizens. CineFestival has hosted many of the industry’s important U.S. Latino and Mexican films, actors, and directors. A partial list of notable guests have included Guillermo del Toro, Edward James Olmos, Gina Rodriguez, Benjamin Bratt, Peter Bratt, Aurora Guerrero, Culture Clash, Lou Diamond Phillips, Lourdes Portillo, Ximena Cuevas, and many others.

The upcoming edition will run from February 24th to March 4th, 2017 at the Guadalupe Theater.

All entries will be pre-screened for eligibility by a selection committee. Not all entries will be programmed.

 Films must be submitted with English subtitles if the dialogue is in a language other than English. Films must have been completed after January 2015.

Submitters will be notified of entry status in early January 2017. Decisions of the programmers are final.

Awards & Prizes

A special panel award the Premio Mesquite in the following categories:

Best Short Film
Emerging Artist Award
Best Documentary Feature
Best Narrative Feature
Special Jury Award

Films to be considered for competition will be determined by CineFestival programmers.

2 Reviews

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    Marco Ortega

    Great programming! Amazing variety of films and beautiful venue!

    March 2017
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    steven bachrach

    The Festival is the oldest Latin@ film festival in the United States, and it is easy to see why when you attend. The roots in the city and particularly within the Latino community run deep. Locals run the festival, and the Guadalupe community organization's various projects, including the film festival, are deeply embedded into the cultural and historical fabric of San Antonio. The festival team, starting with Jim Mendiola and extending to technical team and all staff, go the extra mile for everyone, from filmmakers to catering staff to the audience. Unfortunately for us, we could only stay for a few days, due to commitments back at home, otherwise we would have been there the entire duration of the event. The city and surrounding area are lovely, and provide innumerable cultural and natural attractions. We'll definitely apply again with our next project!

    March 2017