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:
Best Short Film
Best Documentary Feature
Best Narrative Feature
Special Jury Award
Films to be considered for competition will be determined by CineFestival programmers.