CINE LAS AMERICAS ANNOUNCES ITS 19TH ANNUAL FILM FESTIVAL

AUSTIN, Texas (March 3, 2016) — Cine Las Americas is proud to announce the 19th Annual Cine Las Americas International Film Festival, scheduled for May 4 – 8, 2016. Films will be presented at partnership venues The Marchesa Hall and Theatre (6226 Middle Fiskville Rd.), The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (600 River St.) and Salvage Vanguard Theater (2803 E Manor Rd.). The festival will once again offer narrative and documentary feature and short films, as well as music videos and experimental and animation selections, in competitive and non-competitive sections.

For the 19th consecutive year, Austin will serve as host to a wide range of international films and filmmakers as the festival creates networking opportunities for industry professionals, and provides a rich cultural experience for statewide audiences. The festival will showcase contemporary films from the US, Canada, Latin America (North Central, South America, and the Caribbean) and the Iberian Peninsula. All films are presented in English and/or subtitled.

In her second year as Film Festival Director, Jean Lauer leads the coordination of this year’s film presentations and special events. “Each year, Cine Las Americas’ goal is to respond to new trends and emerging talent in film and media arts, as we showcase the best local, national and international films and videos at the festival,” says Lauer. “Our commitment to diversity and excellence in programming is supported by a number of partners, and we’re excited to be working again this year with Ambulante and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. We’re also pleased to announce two new locally-based partners, Out Youth and the Austin Music Video Festival. These partnerships enhance Cine Las Americas’ core mission of creating spaces for cross-cultural interaction and understanding.”

The line-up for the 2016 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival will be announced beginning in late March of this year.

In 2015, the festival screened 41 feature films, 49 short films, and 5 music videos representing over 25 countries. In its history, Cine Las Americas has presented more than 1,800 films in Austin and at various screenings across the state of Texas, becoming one of the most prestigious Latino film organizations in the country.

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ABOUT CINE LAS AMERICAS: Cine Las Americas is a multi-cultural, 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Austin Texas, offering theatrical screenings of films made by or about Latinos or indigenous peoples of the Americas. Films from Spain and Portugal are also included, enhancing a truly Pan-American cinematic experience. The mission of Cine Las Americas is to promote cross-cultural understanding and growth by educating, entertaining and challenging the diverse Central Texas community through film and media arts.

About our Film Festival Program Partners:

AMBULANTE is a non-profit organization that focuses on promoting documentary film as a tool for social and cultural transformation. Founded in Mexico in 2005 by Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, Pablo Cruz and Elena Fortes, it brings documentary films and training programs to places where they are rarely available in order to create a participative and critical public, cultivate new forms of expression, and encourage debate in Mexico and abroad.
For more information, please visit www.ambulante.com.mx.

THE SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN (NMAI) is committed to advancing knowledge and understanding of the Native cultures of the Western Hemisphere-past, present and future-through partnership with Native people and others. The museum works to support the continuance of culture, traditional values and transitions in contemporary Native life. Current exhibitions include Infinity of Nations, Circle of Dance, Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America’s Past Revealed and Unbound: Narrative Art of the Plains. The museum also hosts special events and public programs.
For more information, please visit www.nmai.si.edu.

OUT YOUTH serves youth of all sexual orientations and gender identities in Central Texas with programs and services to ensure these promising young people develop into happy, healthy, successful adults. Founded in 1990, Out Youth has grown and changed over the years, but has always retained its most important facet – providing a safe space for youth to come together, receive support, and make friends who understand who they are. Out Youth hosts a variety of programs and services for youth, and provides trainings and resources for parents, teachers and community members.
For more information, please visit www.outyouth.org.

AUSTIN MUSIC VIDEO FESTIVAL (AMVF) showcases the best music videos in the world across the hottest screens in Austin. A hybrid festival for film and music, AMVF features hundreds of videos, expert judges, workshops, live performance, parties and an awards show. AMVF award categories include Keepin’ It Weird, Instant Classic (any year), Long Form and Video of the Year. #AMVFest
For more information about AMVF and submissions, please visit www.austinmusicvideofestival.com.

Press Contact: Maribel Falcón | entries (@) cinelasamericas.org