CineFestival San Antonio
July 12, 2023 to July 16, 2023
San Antonio, Texas
About the Event:
The nation’s original and longest running Latino film festival returns this summer with the 44th annual edition of CineFestival San Antonio. Presented by the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, San Antonio’s annual celebration of independent Latinx and indigenous cinema will take place July 12 to 16, 2023.
The program at CineFestival San Antonio focuses on Chicano, Latinx and Native American cinema, with an emphasis in Texas related films and regional work. CineFestival San Antonio traditionally hosts screenings, Q&A sessions and panels at the historic Guadalupe Theater. Workshops, receptions, and after parties are held at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center campus and other community partner venues. Free community events include Family Day presenting a family friendly screening, a Youth Program showcasing work made by San Antonio student filmmakers, and a matinee Senior Cinema screening for the area’s elderly film lovers.
Depending on public health guidelines issued for the dates of the festival, some components of the event may be held in virtual format.
Since 2017, CineFestival San Antonio has developed a strong focus on local and regional filmmaking, prioritizing films that are closely related to Texas and San Antonio, supporting regional filmmakers who are based in neighboring states, and also including works made by Latinx and indigenous filmmakers working in the US and Puerto Rico. Limited to screening time capacity, the festival also includes international work made by filmmakers from Latin America and Spain with an emphasis on Mexican films.
For over four decades, CineFestival San Antonio has hosted many of the industry’s pioneering U.S. Latino and Mexican films, actors, and directors. Highlights from past editions include appearances by Marcela Arteaga, Gina Rodriguez, Guillermo del Toro, Edward James Olmos, Benjamin Bratt, Jesse Borrego, Esai Morales, Aurora Guerrero, Raúl Castillo, Luis Valdez, Lalo Alcaraz, Cruz Angeles, Hector Galan, Adán Medrano, and some of the fresh voices in Latino film including Fernando Frias de la Parra, Cristina Ibarra, Alex Rivera, Chelsea Rendon, Steve Acevedo, Gian Cassini, Marcella Ochoa, and Iliana Sosa among many others.Back to the event calendar