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CineFestival 2017


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The 39th annual San Antonio CineFestival, the nation’s longest running Latino film festival and San Antonio’s original indie film festival, will take place February 24 – March 4, 2017 at the historic Guadalupe Theater, 1301 Guadalupe Street, San Antonio, TX 78207.

The nine-day event will feature screenings, appearances by celebrity guests, panel discussions, receptions, community events and the Latino Screenwriting Lab, a three-day script workshop co-presented with the Sundance Institute. Festival passes are $60 and individual screenings start at $8.

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 special panel award, the Premio Mesquite, will be given in the following categories: Best Short Film, Emerging Artist Award, Best Documentary Feature, Best Narrative Feature, and Special Jury Award. Films to be considered for competition will be determined by CineFestival programmers.

Highlights from past years include celebrity appearances by Gina Rodriguez, Luis Valdez, Miguel Arteta, Guillermo del Toro, Lourdes Portillo, Culture Clash, Edward James Olmos, Benjamin Bratt, Jimmy Smits, Guillermo Gomez Pena, and some of the new voices in Latino film such as Aurora Guerrero, Alex Rivera, and Cruz Angeles.

CineFestival has played a significant role in the presentation, appreciation and development of Chicano, U.S. Latino, Mexican and Latin American filmmakers. Now in its 39th edition, CineFestival will promise yet another exciting run of the best Latino independent films. The full schedule of CineFestival will be released the first week of January 2017.

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VIA Metropolitan Transit is proud to support the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center and the San Antonio art community as the Official Transportation Partner for CineFestival, Feb. 24 through March 4, 2017.

Convenient and economical service to CineFestival is available on VIA routes 66 and 68, which make frequent stops in front of the Guadalupe Theater. The service runs from early morning to late night every day, allowing festival attendees the opportunity to enjoy the event’s nine days of film screenings, celebrity guest appearances, and a multitude of community events.

CineFestival attendees can take advantage of VIA’s service by purchasing a VIA Day Pass on the bus or any transit center for $2.75, which allows unlimited rides all day on any regular route. Plan your VIA trip at by entering “Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center” or “1301 Guadalupe Street” as your destination.

Transit directions also are available on Google Maps and third-party mobile apps such as Transit, Moovit, and TripGo on your IOS or Android devices. Call VIA Customer Service at (210) 362-2020 for assistance.

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