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The Cine Las Americas International Film Festival, is an annual one week long event that traditionally takes place during the month of April. Now in its 17th consecutive year, the festival is scheduled for April 22nd through the 27th, 2014, serving an average of 2,500 audience members who attend film screenings at venues like the Alamo Drafthouse, the Marchesa Hall & Theatre, the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, and St. Edwards University. The festival showcases an average of 110 feature and short films, including films made in the past two years from Latin America (North, Central, South America, and the Caribbean) and the Iberian Peninsula. Films made by or about Latinos in the U.S. or the rest of the world, and films by or about indigenous groups of the Americas are also invited to participate.

The festival program offers a wide variety of entertainment, cultural, and educational choices for diverse audiences of all kinds, from the latest dramatic films made by breakthrough directors, to established studio releases, challenging documentaries, short films, entertaining animation series, and the always surprising youth films. Almost 30% of the festival screenings are free and open to the public, giving the event a unique educational value. In addition, many films feature guest filmmakers who come from all over the world to share their work and talent in person before a widely diverse and knowledgeable audience. Every night of the festival, public and private events and parties complement each day of screenings, creating the opportunity for local audiences and international artists to share insight, and for industry professionals to establish professional exchange. All films presented by Cine Las Americas are subtitled in English.


The Cine Las Americas Signature Series features monthly screenings highlighting new releases of critically and sometimes commercially acclaimed films. The films are presented in Austin at the Alamo Drafthouse, and on occasion at the historic Texas Theater in Dallas, TX.


Free community screenings are also presented throughout the year, typically featuring repertoire material curated into series and retrospectives. Free screenings have become a tradition at the Mexican American Cultural Center since its inauguration in 2007, and St. Edward’s University has also become a regular host in the past two years.


Advance premieres and special screenings also form part of Cine Las Americas’ year-round programming. These include special premieres of films that are slated to open theatrically in Austin, and other special screenings, often in collaboration with other cinema and cultural institutions.


Hecho en Tejas is a section of the film festival program featuring Latino films shot and/or produced in Texas. Over the years, we have seen a very positive evolution in the quantity and quality of work screened in this section of the festival, as young filmmakers find their cultural and individual voices, as well as strategies to finance their work. Cine Las Americas is pleased to count on a partnership with the Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI), to present a jury award to the best “Hecho en Tejas” film.


As a celebration of filmmakers on the rise, Cine Las Americas is proud to present the Emergencia Youth Film Competition, a special section of the festival showcasing works by filmmakers 19 years or younger. Members of other local youth film organizations curate and present this section of the festival every year.