16th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival

April 16-21, 2013


The 16th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF16) took place on April 16 to 21, 2013 in Austin, Texas. With 2,100 audience members in attendance, the festival screened a total of 52 feature films and 68 short films, representing 30 countries including Argentina, Aruba, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Macao, Mexico, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia, Spain, Switzerland, Uruguay, USA, Venezuela.



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Opening night took place at the Stateside Theatre with a very well received Austin premiere of the Spanish film BLANCANIEVES directed by Pablo Berger, followed by a reception co-sponsored by the Austin Classical Guitar Society, H-E-B and Oyama.


CLAIFF16 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 Iris Almaraz, writer and director of DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR; Patricia Alvarez, director of LORD OF MIRACLES; Sharon Arteaga, director and producer of TRAPITOS SUCIOS (DIRTY LAUNDRY); Javier Ávila, director of REGINA; Kevin Burke, director, writer, and editor of PARA MI HERMANO; Jess Castro, director of BLOOD COUSINS; Jim Compton, producer of PATH OF SOULS; Wendy Corn, producer of SOUTHMOST USA; Trish Dalton, director of SOUTHMOST U.S.A.; Sarah Deuel, writer and Editor of ROUTE 22;  David V. Garcia, Screenwriter of  LOS SCAVENGERS; Ivan Herrera, co-director, producer and cinematographer of LA MONTAÑA; Cordelaine Kline, producer of  PARA MI HERMANO; Sam Lerma, director of FLUTTER; Alvaro Longoria, director, writer and producer of HIJOS DE LAS NUBES (SONS OF THE CLOUDS); Gloria Morán, director of THE UNIQUE LADIES; Gabriella Moses, director of LAS MAÑANITAS; Malina Panovich, director of ROUTE 22; Gabriel Gustavo Ramos, guest director of  DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR; David Rice, writer and producer of LOS SCAVENGERS; Valente Rodriguez, director of LOS SCAVENGERS; Rebecca Rodriguez, director of LOVELOCKED; Jesse Salmeron, writer and director of DREAMER; Thomas Sanchez, writer and director of LA NAVAJA DE DON JUAN; Mark Street, writer and director of HASTA NUNCA; Beret Strong, director and producer of SAYA: DANCE AND SURVIVAL IN AN AFRO-BOLIVIAN VILLAGE; Alvaro Torres, director of THEY MAKE NOISE LIKE FEATHERS; Jeremy Torrie, writer and director of PATH OF SOULS; Andrea Zarate, director of SUSANA ALMANZA: THE LIFE OF AN ACTIVIST.


A record number of over 360 entries were received in response to the festival’s call for entries, creating the challenging opportunity for the Film Selection Committee to review a total of 550 films compiled though official submissions and invitations. The final selection of 120 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, and the Emergencia Youth Film Competition.


The event took place at four different venues, including the Stateside Theatre in downtown Austin, the Alamo Drafthouse Village, the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, and St. Edward’s University. The festival hosted a total of 58 screenings, of which 24 were free and open to the public.


For a fifth consecutive year, Hecho en Tejas was co-presented by the Texas Archive of the Moving Image. This section of the program featured two feature films and nine short films. On Saturday, April 20, a reception honoring Texas filmmakers was hosted at El Sol y La Luna. As a celebration of filmmakers on the rise, Cine Las Americas presented the Emergencia Youth Film Competition, a special section of the festival showcasing works by filmmakers 19 years or younger. This year the competition was curated by youth representing Connelly Cougar Productions and the Cinema du Cannes Project.


For the first time in its 16-year history, Cine Las Americas launched the CineApp, a year round mobile app designed to give members and general audiences detailed and updated information about the event and the organization directly into their mobile devices. CLAIFF16 also edited a 100 page prated 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 CLAIFF16 was the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division. The Premiere sponsors were: Univision 62 and LatinWorks. Major sponsors included ProForma, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, H-E-B, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center.


The festival closed with a screening of the Paraguayan thriller 7 CAJAS (7 BOXES), which received a roaring ovation from the audience. 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.


2013 festival in figures:

  • 2,100 audience members
  • 30 countries represented
  • 45 registered industry members in attendance
  • 1,000,000 average hits on www.cinelasamericas.org during the month of April
  • 52 feature films screened
  • 68 short films screened
  • 58 total screenings
  • 17 free screenings

2013 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