Every year, the Alamo City hosts the longest-running Latino film festival in the nation. The 43rd annual edition of CineFestival returns to the Guadalupe Theater tomorrow through Sun., July 10.
The annual event aims to recognize, celebrate, and support Latin and Indigenous filmmakers across Texas.
🎬 The event will feature:
- 85 films including 12 feature-length films and 73 short films.
- 22 of the films were made by local filmmakers.
- 10 free screenings, including a dedicated family day.
🎬 Screenings we’re looking forward to:
- Pepe Serna: Life is Art | Wed., July 6 at 7:00 p.m. + Fri., July 8 at 10 a.m. | Groundbreaking Mexican-American character actor Pepe Serna finally takes the spotlight in Luis Reyes’ joyous ode to Serna’s life and the hundred-plus charismatic scene-stealing roles that paved the way for generations of Chicanx actors in Hollywood and beyond.
- Mija | Thurs., July 7 at 8 p.m. | Raised in an undocumented Mexican family, Doris longed for Latinx indie musicians who sang in Spanglish, understood her experience, and looked familiar; so, she took matters into her own hands.
- Earth Mother | Fri., July 8 at 10 p.m. | As dawn breaks, Sera, the Earth Mother, emerges from the depths of the greenbelt in Austin, Texas. She immediately finds herself hunted and pursued by three gnarly witches called The Wyrd Sisters.
- A Run for More | Sat., July 9 at 6 p.m. | As a transgender woman in Texas, Frankie Gonzales-Wolfe expected to encounter resistance to her campaign for city council. She did not anticipate questioning her relationship with identity, activism, and civic engagement. On the campaign trail, she finds herself on an unexpected journey of self-discovery and healing.
- Cuerpo | Sun., July 10 at 7:30 p.m. | As the Spanish colonist population grows, a young Indigenous man gets the opportunity to claim a piece of land for himself. But the land he fights for has its own secrets that should remain buried.
If you’re interested in attending the festival, individual tickets are $8 and festival passes are $40 — but hurry, they sell out quickly. Head to the website for more information. Pro tip: plan your visit with the help of this film guide + CineFest schedule.