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To acknowledge the work of emerging Latino, Iberoamerican and American indigenous filmmakers, Cine Las Americas is expanding its annual youth film programming for the 17th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival to include a day’s worth of screenings and activities focused on youth filmmakers.

Included in the screening line-up will be a selection of films co-presented by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, a telenovela series by students at the Austin School of Film, and the Cine Las Americas’ annual Emergencia Youth Film Competition.  Audiences will also have the chance to participate in Question and Answer sessions after each screening, including a talk-back with Cynthia Benitez, Film & Video Program Specialist for the Smithsonian National Museum of American Indian.

As a celebration of filmmakers on the rise, the Emergencia Youth Film Competition represents a special section of the festival showcasing works by filmmakers 19 years or younger. This year, the competition was curated by members representing Connelly Cougar Productions, based in Austin, Texas.

All films are presented at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center on Saturday, April 26, 2014, and admission is free. Following the program at 3:30PM, join us at the Meet & Greet Pizza Reception for youth filmmakers & media arts educators.


Saturday, April 26 – 10 AM

Saturday, April 26 – 11:30 AM

Saturday, April 26 – 1:30 PM





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Presented in cooperation with the Austin School of Film


Path Waves Youth Film Program

Presented in cooperation with Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian


Emergencia Youth Film Competition


Emergencia Youth Jury Coordinator

Christian D. Nelson

Emergencia Youth Jury

C. Ariel Gonzalez Bizarro

Jessica Luna

Nickoli Roman-Capdeville