40th Anniversary of CineFestival to be held in Summer of 2018

Yadhira Lozano |

Call for Entries
Early Entry Deadline: February 2, 2018
Regular Entry Deadline: March 2, 2018
San Antonio (January 5, 2018) —The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center is celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the longest running Latino film festival in the country this summer.  San Antonio’s original indie film festival will take place July 5-8, 2018, to coincide with the Guadalupe’s Summer Series of events and the historic Guadalupe Theater’s 76thAnniversary.
“CineFestival has played a prominent role in the presentation, appreciation and development of Chicano, U.S. Latino, Mexican and Latin American filmmakers,” said Cristina Ballí, Executive Director. “Now in its 40th edition, CineFestival promises yet another exciting run of the best Latino independent films.”
This year’s celebration of Latino cinema will feature screenings, special appearances, panel discussions, receptions, community events, and a series of workshops and master classes for Texas Latino filmmakers. CineFestival will also include free Family Day screenings, a Youth Program showcasing San Antonio student filmmakers, and a Senior Screening for the area’s elderly film lovers.
Latino filmmakers are encouraged to submit features, documentaries, and shorts films online at The early entry deadline is February 2, 2018 and the regular entry deadline is March 2, 2018. All entries are eligible for the CineFestival’s Premio Mesquite Awards that will be chosen by a special panel in the following categories: Emerging Artist, Best Short Film, Best Documentary Feature, Best Narrative Feature, and a Special Jury Award. Films to be considered for competition will be determined by CineFestival programmers.
For four decades, CineFestival has hosted many of the industry’s pioneering U.S. Latino and Mexican films, actors, and directors. Highlights from past editions include appearances by Gina Rodriguez, Guillermo del Toro, Edward James Olmos, Benjamin Bratt, Jesse Borrego, Esai Morales, Hector Mata, Luis Valdez, Lou Diamond Phillips, Cheech Marin, Lourdes Portillo, Lalo Alcaraz, Miguel Arteta, Guillermo Gomez Peña, Culture Clash, and some of the fresh voices in Latino film including Aurora Guerrero, Cruz Angeles, Alex Rivera and last year’s feature film subject Dolores Huerta.
In honor of the 40th Anniversary, CineFestival film programming passes are $40 and individual screenings start at $8 (does not include workshop and master classes). The Guadalupe Theater is located at 1301 Guadalupe Street, San Antonio, TX 78207. For more information call 210.271.3151, email, or visit