The 15th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival took place on April 24 to 29, 2012 in Austin, Texas. With 2,000 audience members in attendance, the festival screened a total of 51 feature films and 50 short films, representing 24 countries including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay, UK, USA, and Venezuela.



The festival launched with a screening of the film ¿ALGUIEN HA VISTO A LUPITA? (HAVE YOU SEEN LUPITA?, Gonzalo Justiniano, 2011), which was partially shot in Austin. The film captivated the 300 guests who welcomed actress Dulce María and producer Daniel de la Vega and participated in the Q&A session after the screening. Both actress and producer caused uproar amongst the crowd and the media, being the center of attention on the red carpet. Special guests who participated in the film were also at the opening night screening. Attendees later enjoyed an opening night party at Gibson Bar co-sponsored by Stella Artois and Luke’s Inside Out.


The festival also hosted local, national and international guests, who participated in the event presenting films and serving as members of the jury for the competitive sections of the program. This year’s guests included Diego Herrera, founding member of the Spanish rock musical group Caifanes, Patricia Martinez de Velasco, director of AQUI ENTRE NOS (Mexico, 2011), Kelly J Richardson, director of WITHOUT A NET (Brazil/USA, 2012), Fernanda Kalume, producer of O PALHAÇO (Brazil, 2011), Susan Kirr, producer of ALL SHE CAN (USA, 2010) and Daniel García, director of PESCADORA (Peru/USA, 2011), among others. The jury was formed by Alison Macor, recipient of the 2011 Peter C. Rollins Book of the Year award for SPY KIDS: THIRTY YEARS OF FILMMAKING IN AUSTIN, TEXAS; Angela K. Pires, writer and director of award winning film THE COLOR WHITE (Brazil, 2001); Arturo Chavez, SVP of Hispanic Owned & Operated Networks; Berndt Mader, award-winning filmmaker with films screening worldwide; Ed Radtke, writer, producer and director with award-winning films such as THE DREAM CATCHER (USA, 1999); Katy Daiger Dial, Community Education Manager for the Austin Film Society; and Roberto Sneider, writer, producer and director of several international award-winning films such as DOS CRIMENES (Mexico, 1995), FRIDA (USA/Canada/Mexico, 2002), ARRANCAME LA VIDA (Mexico, 2008) and AQUI ENTRE NOS (Mexico, 2011).


The festival programming committee reviewed over 500 films in order to select works for 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, and the Emergencia Youth Film Competition.


The main festival venue was the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, a quintessential Austin venue that reflects the idiosyncratic character of Austin’s film scene, and offers a superb experience for moviegoers. No less important was the festival presence at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, where free screenings were held including the entire documentary competition lineup. Two screenings were also hosted at St. Edwards University. The event featured a total of 64 screenings, of which 21 were offered at no cost to the public. One third of the festival was free and open to the public!


This year Hecho en Tejas was co-presented by the Texas Archive of the Moving Image. A BBQ dinner was served to Hecho en Tejas participants, sponsored by Stella Artois and Ruby’s BBQ. The Official festival party was hosted at Takoba after Saturday screenings.


The Presenting sponsor for the 15th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival was the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division. The Premiere sponsors were: Univision 62, LatinWorks, and ¡Ahora Sí! And lastly, the Major sponsors included: Stella Artois, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, H-E-B, Giant Noise, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and Pro Forma.


The festival closed with a screening of Selton Mello’s O PALHAÇO (THE CLOWN, Brazil, 2011), a box office hit in Brazil, selling over 1.5 million tickets. The winners of the different competitive sections of the festival were announced at the closing night screening, yielding the results of a full year of collaboration between local, national and international sponsors, government agencies, supporting individuals, the great Austin community, filmmakers and distributors from around the world, and a dedicated festival staff that included over 65 volunteers.


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Photo galleries:

Opening Night

Screenings and friends

Hecho En Tejas

Closing Night

2012 Festival Awards

2012 Full Festival Program

2012 Festival Sponsors

2012 Festival Jury


2012 festival in figures:

  • 2,000 audience members
  • 23 countries represented
  • 33 registered industry members in attendance
  • 1,000,000 average hits on during the month of April
  • 101 films screened
  • 64 total screenings
  • 21 free screenings

2012 Festival Demographics:

  • 60% female to 40% male ratio
  • 43% Young professionals (Ages 23 to 40)
  • 25% Undergraduate and graduate students
  • 22% Middle-age professionals (Ages 40 to 65)
  • 8% Retirees
  • 2% High school students