The nation’s original and longest running Latino film festival returns this summer with the 41st edition of CineFestival. Presented by the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, San Antonio’s annual celebration of independent Latino cinema will take place July 11-14, 2019 at the historic Guadalupe Theater.

This year’s CineFestival will feature premiere screenings, master classes, receptions, after parties, and free community events. The festival 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. Featured programs include the Femme Frontera Filmmaker Showcase and the Texas Filmmaker’s Showcase.

For over 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, Lourdes Portillo, Luis Valdez, Cheech Marin, Lalo Alcaraz, Miguel Arteta, Hector Galan, and some of the fresh voices in Latino film including Aurora Guerrero, Cruz Angeles, Alex Rivera and last year’s guest of honor Raúl Castillo.

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 2017.

Submissions will be notified of entry status by May 6, 2019. Decisions of the programmers are final.

A special panel will choose CineFestival’s Premio Mesquite Awards in the following categories:

Best Short Documentary
Best Short Narrative
Best Documentary Feature
Best Narrative Feature
Special Jury Award

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

Overall Rating
  • Chelsea Hernandez

    I've been to CineFestival two years in a row now with a short film and a feature film. I'm hooked! The films programmed are strong. The staff and programmers are so hospitable and audiences are smart and engaging. The theater venue is beautiful and parties are fun! Cinefestival, being the longest running Latino festival, has created an inviting and special place for Latino filmmakers and audiences.

    July 2019
  • 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