The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center presents the 43rd annual CINEFESTIVAL, July 6-10

The San Antonio Original Latinx Film Festival returns July 6-10 to the historic Guadalupe Theater with a strong presence of Texan filmmakers.

Featuring 85 films, including 22 San Antonio films and 24 Lone Star State films, CineFestival San Antonio continues to support local and regional filmmakers while providing a comprehensive program to local audiences that also includes national and international films that highlight artistic excellence. and diversity.

“The astounding response CineFestival San Antonio received this year to our call for entries, receiving a record number of submissions from statewide and U.S., local and international filmmakers, is a testament to San Antonio’s privileged position in as a cultural hub, connecting the cultures of South Texas and the state’s border regions with the rest of Texas and beyond,” said CineFestival Programmer Eugenio del Bosque. “This response means focusing the festival on film about local and regional works while reflecting artistic excellence in Latinx and indigenous cinema is the right path for a festival with such an amazing history to continue on a relevant trajectory that makes sense to both audiences and participating artists. “

The 43rd annual San Antonio CineFestival will feature 24 screenings featuring 12 feature films and 73 short films. The festival will open on July 6 with the San Antonio premiere of PEPE SERNA, LIFE IS ART (Dir. Luis Reyes, 2022), a joyful look at the life and work of revolutionary Mexican-American actor Pepe Serna , a native of Corpus Christi, Texas, whose hundred charismatic scene-stealing roles paved the way for generations of Chicanx actors in Hollywood and beyond.

The closing film will be the world premiere of “Cuerpo”, directed by Mark Zuñiga de San Antonio, an ambitious horror film set in San Antonio in the 18th century, exploring the culture and clashes between Spanish settlers and indigenous peoples they are trying to convert. ; A recipient of the San Antonio Film Commission’s Local Filmmaker Grant, “Cuerpo” is a passion project produced and shot in the San Antonio area with local actors, crew and an original score.

Other feature films include:

· World premiere of the comedy “An Awesome Action Movie”, directed by Luis Antonio Rodriguez and filmed in McAllen, Texas, and starring veteran Mexican actor Hector Soberón;

· Sundance acclaimed documentary “Mija” by Isabel Castro;

· The powerful Mexican documentary “Comala” by Gian Cassini, which has close ties to San Antonio;

· Ray Whitehouse’s “A Run for More”, which follows Frankie Gonzales-Wolfe as the first trans woman to run for city council in her hometown of San Antonio, Texas;

· What We Leave Behind by SXSW winner Iliana Sosa, a love letter to the El Paso-born director’s grandfather and an intimate and insightful exploration of her own relationship with him and her homeland;

· Ryan Zaragoza’s social justice horror film “Madres,” co-written by San Antonio native Marcella Ochoa, who will be in attendance and will also provide a master class for recorded filmmakers.

Clint Bentley’s “Jockey,” featuring an award-winning performance by Mexican-American comedian Clifton Collin’s Jr., grandson of Aguilares, Texas-born actor Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez, best known for his humorous sidekick roles in westerns of John Wayne of the 1950s and 1960s.

· “Earth Mother”, directed by Brandon Polanco of Austin and starring Annette Mia Flores of San Antonio.

New Mexico native Riley Del Rey’s “Capitol Barbie” is a television pilot and a new line of programming for CineFestival. A political show on a translatina on Capitol Hill, “Capitol Barbie” deals with sensitive and socially relevant themes, raising questions and opening up conversations around racism, homophobia and transphobia in the workplace. The screenplay is written by trans and indigenous filmmakers Riley Del Rey and Violet Martinez.

The Mezquite Awards will be presented in two main categories: Audience Awards for Audience Favorite Feature Film and Jury Awards for Best Texas Short Film. A panel of industry professionals will serve on this year’s festival jury, which will choose the jury’s award-winning documentary and narrative films from a collection of 14 Texas-made shorts, including works by Austin, Buda, Denton , El Paso, Houston, Laredo and San Antonio.

The ever-popular San Antonio showcase will feature eight short films by local artists, including works by Nathaniel Avila, Guillermina Zabala, Esmeralda Hernandez, Ái Vuong, Samuel Díaz Fernádez, Lisa Salinas Sosa, Miguel Contreras IV, Raymond Ramos and Violeta by Leon Davila.

The 43 CineFestival San Antonio will offer ten free screenings, including Family Day with the Texas premiere of “Ainbo, Spirit of the Amazon” by Richard Claus and Jose Zelada, an American-Peruvian animated feature film in the spirit of “Moana”. and “Frozen”; and Senior Cinema, with an exclusive revival of the documentary “Pepe Serna: Life is Art” dedicated to older moviegoers in San Antonio.

The free screenings will also include short film showcases including the Texas Short Film Showcase featuring work from Austin, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Greenville, El Paso; a selection of international short films from Mexico, Brazil, Cuba, Peru, Spain and Venezuela; a collection of short films featuring Latino and Indigenous talent from across the United States; and the ever-revealing Youth Day screenings, featuring films made by artists 18 or younger, including works made in San Antonio, the Rio Grande Valley, Dallas, Arizona, the Connecticut, Peru and Spain.

All 43 screenings of CineFesitval San Antonio will take place at the historic Guadalupe Theater, located at 1301 Guadalupe Street, San Antonio, TX 78207. The full festival schedule and tickets will be available June 25 at www.guadalupecutluralarts.org. Individual tickets are $8 and festival passes are $40.

The 43rd CineFestival San Antonio is made possible through the continued support of the National Endowment for the Arts, the San Antonio Film Commission, the City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture, and the Ford Foundation.

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