Welcome to CLAIFF17!


Eugenio del Bosque

ONCE AGAIN, we arrive to the 17th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival. It is a great honor to share once again the work of so many talented filmmakers with the great audiences of our fine City. It is my privilege to be of service to such a wonderful group of people who make this event a reality, including our board of directors, staff, volunteers, supporters, sponsors, participating filmmakers and audiences.

The mission of Cine Las Americas extends from grassroots to the international community and film industry. It is part of our mission to support Latino and indigenous filmmakers working in Texas, and there is no better way to inspire young filmmakers to break barriers than to honor the life and work of a true independent filmmaker who did just that. Cine Las Americas is proud to host Chicano filmmaker Efraín Gutiérrez and showcase his seminal contribution to American independent cinema.

You can lead the way into the future of Cine Las Americas through your support and participation. Together we can define a new era for cultural diversity and artistic excellence in cinema. Thank you for being part of this year’s festival!


Eugenio del Bosque
Executive Director


Jean Closing

¡MUCHOS SALUDOS! It is an honor to welcome you to this event as Cine Las Americas International Film Festival celebrates its 17th edition.

Over the past six years, it has been such an honor to be a part of this dynamic festival and organization. The program presented during this week brings to life the committed work of many people, starting with the filmmakers of course, without whose vision, determination, and creative labor we would have no reason to come together this week.

If you’re one of the Cine gang, welcome back! If you’re not yet a part of the Cine family, welcome to CLAIFF17! I hope you love what you see and hear; even more so, I hope that this amazing lineup changes you and opens up the world to you through the diverse voices represented here.

Un fuerte abrazo - let’s go watch movies!

Jean Anne Lauer
Film Program Director