The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center is celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the longest running Latino film festival in the country this summer. San Antonio’s original indie film festival will take place July 5-8, 2018, to coincide with the Guadalupe’s Summer Series of events and the historic Guadalupe Theater’s 76th Anniversary.

This year’s celebration of Latino cinema will feature screenings, special appearances, panel discussions, receptions, community events, and a series of workshops and master classes for Texas Latino filmmakers. CineFestival will also include free Family Day screenings, a Youth Program showcasing San Antonio student filmmakers, and a Senior Screening for the area’s elderly film lovers.

For four decades, CineFestival has hosted many of the industry’s pioneering U.S. Latino and Mexican films, actors, and directors. Highlights from past editions include appearances by Gina Rodriguez, Guillermo del Toro, Edward James Olmos, Benjamin Bratt, Jesse Borrego, Esai Morales, Hector Galan, Luis Valdez, Lou Diamond Phillips, Cheech Marin, Lourdes Portillo, Lalo Alcaraz, Miguel Arteta, Guillermo Gomez Peña, Culture Clash, and some of the fresh voices in Latino film including Aurora Guerrero, Cruz Angeles, Alex Rivera and last year’s feature film subject Dolores Huerta.

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 2016.

Submissions will be notified of entry status by May 4, 2018. Decisions of the programmers are final.

A special panel will choose CineFestival’s Premio Mesquite Awards in the following categories:
Emerging Artist
Best Short Film
Best Documentary Feature
Best Narrative Feature
Special Jury Award

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

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  • Jesusa Marie Vargas

    Wonderful community event that was entertaining and engaging. The theater is beautiful and the guests are friendly and positive. I enjoyed the opportunity to take questions from guests and host and talk about my film.

    July 2018
  • Marco Ortega

    Great programming! Amazing variety of films and beautiful venue!

    March 2017
  • 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