Cine Las Americas Updates

Statement May 6, 2020

On the date of what would have been the popular Austin-based Latino film festival’s opening night for its 23rd edition, Cine Las Americas announced today plans and partnerships for virtual film showcases and presentations for both May and July. The plans include a first time joint presentation and partnership with the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) later in May and July, as well as continuing CLA’s longstanding association and partnership with the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (ESB-MACC) also set for July.

LALIFF recently announced a month of virtual film presentations that began yesterday on Cinco De Mayo. Co-Founder of LALIFF Edward James Olmos was a guest of honor at May 2019’s Cine Las Americas and the mutual respect between the organizations has led to the plans for CLA and LALIFF to co-promote and co-present future virtual presentations to add to the impact on behalf of their filmmakers and broaden the reach via their combined audiences and viewership. The details of those presentations will be announced at a later date.

Cine Las Americas is also currently and actively in the planning stages for virtual showcase co-presentations with the ESB-MACC. The organizations have been closely aligned and supportive in their missions and have been working together on a re-imagined series celebrating films made by and/or about Latinos or Indigenous peoples of the Americas. Details regarding those virtual screenings and events will soon follow.

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Statement March 30, 2020

Cine Las Americas’ board of directors and staff announce today that the 23rd annual film festival, scheduled for May 6-10, will be cancelled. Considerations include the restrictions set in place by the City of Austin, as well as other applicable information and CDC directives. Festival personnel have already begun the process of exploring new ideas and new ways to share variations of the festival’s programming later this year, and to celebrate Latinx and Indigenous filmmakers and artists in a manner that provides for the safety of all concerned.

Cine Las Americas, like all arts organizations, has been following the guidelines put forth by local city, county, state, and federal authorities in terms of responding to the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak. At a later date, Cine Las Americas will announce its plans moving forward for 2020. While nothing has been set or confirmed, the organization is considering presenting an online showcase of films that would have been screened at this year’s film festival, as well as a re-invigorated and re-imagined year-round series of presentations once restrictions on public gatherings are lifted and both the City of Austin, the CDC, and CLA itself, feels it is safe to do so. As is the case with all arts organizations, those decisions will be made strictly prioritizing the health and safety of all participants.

From Jean Anne Lauer, CLA Executive Director: “I am confident I speak for our board, staff, volunteers, sponsors, venues, vendors and many more who work with us year-round in preparation for what would have been the 23rd edition of this wonderful film festival, that it is truly heart-breaking to make a decision like this. However, we know that this is the right course of action. We appreciate the love and support we receive from our CLA family, our Austin community, and – of course – our filmmakers. We appreciate everyone’s patience as well as we sort out a path forward that will allow us to share some exceptional films with our audiences and celebrate the filmmakers whose talent and voices we seek to champion.”

Statement March 18, 2020

Cine Las Americas, like all arts organizations at this time, is following the guidelines put forth by local city, county, state, and federal authorities in terms of responding to the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak. Therefore, screenings and events CLA had planned to co-present with our community partners throughout this month have been cancelled or postponed in accordance to instructions regarding public gatherings as suggested by the CDC, instructed by the City of Austin, and implemented by our partners.

While the Cine Las Americas staff continues to monitor the daily developments both locally, nationally, and internationally, any decisions regarding events following April 1 (including the Violet Crown Cinema “Cine Noche” series, Cine Las Americas volunteer orientation meetings, etc.) will be made prioritizing the health and safety of our audiences, filmmakers, and staff. We will be following up with our partners, members, and associates as more information presents itself. In addition, CLA will routinely update this website as that information comes in. We appreciate your continued support, and we look forward to once again celebrating and enjoying cinema with our Cine Las Americas friends and family on the big screen in the future.