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Program Sections


New Releases [Go to Films]

Cine Las Americas presents a selection of fifteen narrative and documentary features by the finest emerging and established filmmakers to audiences in Central Texas. This year’s selections represent thirteen countries’ participation in production and co-production of the films, and highlights a diversity of themes, genres and styles characteristic of contemporary national and international cinema trends. 


Narrative Feature Competition [Go to Films]

Cine Las Americas presents a selection of films from emerging and promising talent, including selections from all over the Americas and Spain in a variety of genres and form. The works screened in this category are eligible for both a jury award and an audience award for Best Narrative Feature.


Documentary Feature Competition [Go to Films]

Cine Las Americas presents a selection of documentaries on a wide variety of topics, representing diversity in audio design, narrative style, and formal technique, with the common thread of including themes and points of view that are underrepresented in popular media. The works screened in this category are eligible for both a jury award and an audience award for Best Documentary Feature.


New Visions / Works In Progress [Go to Films]

Cine Las Americas is pleased to highlight the New Visions/Works in Progress segment of the program, which includes two productions that are in the process of finalizing post-production. This section features one USA-Peru co-production and one film made in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.


Panorama Feature Flms [Go to Films]

Cine Las Americas presents a diverse array of important Narrative and Documentary feature films, which we consider essential to share with Central Texas audiences. Collectively, the films represent innovative and independent filmmakers in compliment to the rest of the features program; they showcase a variety of traditionally underrepresented cultures and issues, personal experiences, new perspectives and aesthetic innovation. 


Hecho En Tejas [Go to Films]

Cine Las Americas presents “Hecho en Tejas,” a series of films shot and/or produced in Texas, to showcase the wide variety of work being produced in the state by filmmakers with varied backgrounds. Two features as well as a selection of short films are scheduled during this year’s festival. For a fourth consecutive year, Cine Las Americas is pleased to count on a partnership with the Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI), to present a jury award to the best “Hecho en Tejas” film. 


Narrative Shorts Competition [Go to Films]

The narrative short film competition at Cine Las Americas represents some of the most powerful and compelling work programmed at the festival, from the abstract to the realistic, the tragic to the comic, and everything in between. These films will open for features throughout the festival, and are eligible for a jury award for Best Narrative Short. 

Documentary Shorts Competition [Go to Films]

The documentary short film competition at Cine Las Americas includes some of the most powerful and compelling work programmed at the festival, representing individual and community topics and concerns in their contemporary contexts. These films will open for features throughout the festival, and are eligible for a jury award for Best Documentary Short. 

Panorama Short Flms [Go to Films]

Cine Las Americas presents a diverse array of important Narrative and Documentary short films, which we consider essential to share with Central Texas audiences. Collectively, the films represent innovative and independent filmmakers in compliment to the rest of the program; they showcase a variety of traditionally underrepresented cultures and issues, personal experiences, new perspectives and aesthetic innovation.

Emergencia Youth Film Program [Go to Films]

As a celebration of filmmakers on the rise, Cine Las Americas is proud to present the Emergencia Youth Film Competition, a special section of the festival showcasing works by filmmakers 19 years or younger. This year the competition was curated by members representing Connelly Cougar Productions and the Cinema du Cannes Project, based in Austin, Texas. Cine Las Americas is pleased to open the Emergencia lineup this year with a special presentation of a film produced by participants in the Cinema du Cannes Project. Afterwards, the Emergencia Youth Jury members will share the competition lineup with those in attendance; the films in competition are eligible for an audience award for Best Emergencia Youth Film.