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CineFestival en San Antonio, the nation’s original and longest-running Latino film festival.
Each Spring some of the best in contemporary U.S. and International Latino films screen at the Guadalupe Theater in San Antonio. The eight day program boasts world, regional, and U.S. premieres culminating with the Premios Mesquite honoring the festival’s stand out entries in documentary and narrative filmmaking.
The grassroots history of the festival — formed in the fervent days of the Chicano Movement — gather in one place a unique mix of filmmakers, audience, activists and artists from New York to LA to Mexico City all to the West Side of San Antonio, the city’s historic center for Mexican American culture, art, and social life for over a hundred years.
2015 CineFestival Curator
Christine Dávila is the Director of Ambulante USA, the traveling documentary film festival founded by actors and filmmakers Diego Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal, Pablo Cruz and Elena Fortes. She has been a Programming Associate at the Sundance Film Festival since 2008 and is the Programmer of the Yellow Robin competition at the Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam. Other film programming experience includes San Francisco International Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, and LA’s Downtown Independent Theater. A champion of up and coming Latino talent, Davila tracks filmmakers and the festival scene on her blogchicanafromchicago.com, and is a contributor to Indiewire’s LatinoBuzz column. She curates a collection of films on streaming platform, Seed & Spark, under the conversation “Mas American”.
Other CineFestival highlights include:
Q&A sessions, panel and informal discussions. Filmmakers travel to San Antonio for their film screenings, then participate in pre- and post-screening receptions, Q&A discussions and special party events that are open to the public; casual and relaxed, these events are created specifically to encourage dialogue with the artists.
Youth Programming featuring work produced by young people from across the country and locally, and screened to area students.
Past guests and filmmakers to CineFestival have included:
Luis Valdez, Miguel Arteta, Guillermo del Toro, Lourdes Portillo, Culture Clash, Edward James Olmos, Benjamin Bratt, Lou Diamond Phillips, Carlos Avila, Jimmy Smits, Esai Morales, Guillermo Gomez Pena, and some of the new voices in U.S. Latino film such as Aurora Guerrero, Alex Rivera, Gina Rodriguez and Cruz Angeles, among many others.
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