It’s almost time for what Cine Las Americas is best known for: its festival! A week of international film screenings is soon to come. Everything from feature length films, short films, documentaries, narratives, animation and experimental films from Latin America and Ibero-America will be presented at the 16th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival that will take place April 16-21, 2013, in Austin.
Before the actual film festival happens, producers, directors and distributors are invited to participate in the only Latino and indigenous film festival in Austin. In order to enter, projects must have been completed after January 1, 2011. Preference is given to regional or national premieres as well as to films that have not screened theatrically in Austin or on national television in the U.S. prior to the festival. Films spoken in languages other than English are required to have subtitles and/or narration.
Participants can receive various festival awards. Jury awards will be given for First or Second Dramatic Feature, Documentary Feature, Dramatic Short and Documentary Short. Audience Awards will be given for Best Dramatic Feature and Best Documentary Feature. A Texas Archive of the Moving Image Award for Best Made in Texas film will also be given as well as a Youth Jury Award for Best Emergencia film.
Submissions must be turned in by January 15 at 5 p.m. with a non-refundable entry fee of $20. Late entries must be turned in by January 31 at 5 p.m. with a $40 fee. The Emergencia Youth Film deadline is January 31 by 5 p.m. and there is no entry fee. For complete guidelines click here or call (512) 535-0765.
Though the festival only happens once a year, Cine Las Americas continuously supports Latin filmmakers by screening films year round. It has screened more than 1,200 Latino and indigenous films in 14 years. Based out of Austin, the multi-cultural non-profit organization’s mission is to promote cross-cultural understanding and growth by educating, entertaining and challenging diverse audiences through film and media arts. The organization also partners with local schools to create educational media programs that serve the minority youth in the city.