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.

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