17th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival

Facts and Figures

2014 festival in figures:

  • 2,200 audience members
  • 33 countries represented
  • 52 registered industry professionals in attendance
  • 126,500 page views on www.cinelasamericas.org during the month of April
  • 63 feature films screened
  • 81 short films screened
  • 80 total screenings
  • 26 free screenings

A record number of over 465 entries were received in response to the festival’s call for entries, creating the challenging opportunity for the Film Selection Committee to review over 600 films compiled though official submissions and invitations. The final selection of 144 films was presented to the public in nine different program sections: New Releases, Narrative Feature Competition, Documentary Feature Competition, Panorama Feature Films, Hecho en Tejas Competition, Narrative Shorts in Competition, Documentary Shorts in Competition, Panorama Short Films, Special Screenings, and the Emergencia Youth Film Competition.


The event took place at four different venues, including the Marchesa Hall & Theatre, the Alamo Drafthouse Village, the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, and St. Edward’s University. The festival hosted a total of 80 screenings, of which 26 were free and open to the public.


For the sixth consecutive year, Hecho en Tejas was co-presented by the Texas Archive of the Moving Image. This section of the program featured five feature films and nine short films. As a celebration of filmmakers on the rise, Cine Las Americas presented the Emergencia Youth Film Day, a special section of the festival showcasing works by filmmakers 19 years or younger. The lineup opened with two special presentations, in cooperation with the Austin School of Film and the Smithsonian National Museum of American Indian. This year, the Emergencia Youth Film Competition was curated by members representing Connelly Cougar Productions, based in Austin, Texas.


CLAIFF17 also published a 120-page catalog detailing synopses, credits, technical information, directors bio-filmographies, and contact information for each film screened at the festival; and distributed 2,500 free festival schedules, which detailed the program sections and screening schedule, along with general event information in both English and Spanish. Proforma, the official printer of Cine Las Americas, printed both the catalog and the free schedule.


The Presenting sponsor for the CLAIFF17 was the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division. The Premiere sponsors were: LatinWorks and Univision 62. Major sponsors included the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, the National Endowment for the Arts, ProForma, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.