July 5-8, 2018
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.
In honor of the 40th Anniversary, CineFestival film programming passes are $40 and individual screenings start at $8 (does not include workshop and master classes). The Guadalupe Theater is located at 1301 Guadalupe Street, San Antonio, TX 78207.
Call for Entries
Latino filmmakers are encouraged to submit features, documentaries, and shorts films online at https://filmfreeway.com/festival/SanAntonioCineFestival. The early entry deadline is February 2, 2018 and the regular entry deadline is March 2, 2018. Entries are eligible for the CineFestival’s Premio Mesquite Awards that will be chosen by a special panel in the following categories: Emerging Artist, Best Short Film, Best Documentary Feature, Best Narrative Feature, and a Special Jury Award. Films to be considered for competition will be determined by CineFestival programmers.
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.
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 VIAinfo.net 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.