2014 Emergencia Youth Film Competition

Since 2004, Cine Las Americas has been proud to present the Emergencia Youth Film Competition, a special section of the festival showcasing works by filmmakers 19 years or younger. Members of local youth film organizations and high schools curate and present this section of the festival every year. This year’s competition is curated by members representing Connelly Cougar Productions, based in Pflugerville, Texas. Films in competition are eligible for an audience award for Best Emergencia Youth Film. 

All films are in English, or in original language with subtitles in English.

Emergencia Youth Film Competition

24 Dhivehi w 24 Dhivehi: (Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Maldives)
Cesar Martinez
Say Sí
25 min, San Antonio, TX, USA, 2013

Soon after receiving news that he will be moving to the Maldives in 24 hours to attend a rigorous boarding school, Marcus follows the advice of his friends to escape from the confines of his home (and perspective) to spend his last night with the people and the city he calls home.

Bound to Forget w Bound to Forget
Anna Clark
Say Sí
4 min, San Antonio, TX, USA, 2013

An experimental film exploring people's behaviors and attachment to their daily routine.

DemandingToBeHeard w Demanding to Be Heard
Manuel Bernal
Spy Hop Productions
5 min, Salt Lake City, UT, USA, 2013

A conversation on opportunities for undocumented immigrant students who want to pursue higher education.

Eddie w Eddie
Allison Coon-Come
Wapikoni Mobile
4 min, Montréal, QC, Canada, 2013

The journey of a toy car over hill-and-dale; a memorable journey in a childhood land.

Friendship w Friendship
Zaiyah Dennie, Medina Dennie, Ocean Demuth
Agent Orange Inc.
4 min, Calgary, AB, Canada, 2013

Two turtles embark on a dangerous quest for friendship. Will an encounter with a sea monster, a Sasquatch, and magical fairies, lead them to a true friend?
Los Paisanos w Los paisanos
Miranda Whitus
Say Sí
10 min, San Antonio, TX, USA, 2013

This is a short documentary about the rising violence on the Mexican/US border in Texas, and how this reality is affecting the Mexican-American families living in the USA.
Shadows w Shadows
Diesel Garcia
Cougar Productions
3 min, Austin, TX, USA, 2014

Two friends struggle to survive against the darkness, but when one of them confesses to an unfortunate event, they both struggle to decide who will leave... and who will stay. 
Softly Spoken w Softly Spoken
Aanjeni Twenish
Wapikoni Mobile
2 min, Montréal, QC, Canada, 2013

A boy gets lost in the woods. A man is caught in addiction. Their voices echo one another.
Terribly There w Terribly There
Gladys Hidalgo
Real to Reel, RAW Art Works
7 min, Lynn, MA, USA, 2013

In this personal documentary, Gladys explores her father's mental illness and shares what it means for her relationship with him.
The Difference w The Difference
Keren Rico
5 min, Del Valle, TX, USA, 2013

This is the story of a girl for whom nothing seems to work out. She wants to take her life, but in that moment, her classmate’s words of comfort are exactly what she needs.
The Hearing3 w The Hearing
Russell Ratt Brascoupe
Wapikoni Mobile
4 min, Montréal, QC, Canada, 2013

Russell lost his hearing at the age of 13. He copes well with his disability, but there is a statement he would like to hear above all others.
The Mic w The Mic
Tanisha Garner
Real to Reel, RAW Art Works
18 min, Lynn, MA, USA, 2013

Markus Garneris is an 18-year-old rapper with an all-consuming passion for music. He is good at what he does, but what happens when that's all he focuses on?
Zenaida w Zenaida
Alec Cano
15 min, Hanford, CA, USA, 2013

A young woman named Zenaida is torn from her life as a college student during a war which has engulfed El Salvador.

Emergencia Youth Jury

C. Ariel Gonzalez Bizarro

Jessica Luna

Nickoli Roman-Capdeville

Emergencia Youth Jury Coordinator

Christian D. Nelson